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Bobby Leopold surges to win Crane Cup
06 Nov 2016
by Sam Dostaler of amateurgolf.com

see also: Floridian, Bobby Leopold Rankings

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Crane Cup winner Bobby Leopold (L) <br>and Crane Cup Senior winner Pete Williams (R) <br>(Photo Courtesy of Kevin Marsh)
Crane Cup winner Bobby Leopold (L)
and Crane Cup Senior winner Pete Williams (R)
(Photo Courtesy of Kevin Marsh)
PALM CITY, FL (November 6, 2016) -- The end of the Rhode Island golf season is on the horizon for New Englander Bobby Leopold but he will certainly carry some momentum into the offseason. Leopold used a final day surge to finish 3-under and win the prestigious Crane Cup at the Floridian Golf Club.

"Winning local stuff is great and it gets you going but winning a big event like this is far and beyond and to win against this field lets me know that I can compete and play against these guys and maybe this will lead to bigger and better things next year. So definitely this is the biggest one that I have won so far," Leopold said.

The three-time Rhode Island Mid-Amateur winner started the final round even-par and two off the pace before rallying to win with a 3-under 68. Leopold began his Sunday rally with a momentum building birdie on the opening hole.

However, the most crucial moment of the round came on the par-3 4th. Leopold, playing in the Crane Cup for the first time, hit his tee shot into the hazard and was forced to take a drop. Staring at a likely bogey Leopold was able to chip in for an unlikely par.

From that moment on Leopold played steady golf birdieing five times overall and bogeying twice. His final birdie came on the par-4 penultimate hole. Playing at 370 yards, Leopold left himself with an approach of just 88 yards which he knocked to five-feet setting up the birdie.

A bogey ensued on the difficult 18th but the birdie a hole earlier had provided the necessary cushion.

"I haven't played in the Crane Cup before and (tournament director) Kevin (Marsh) was always telling me to come down and play if I wanted and I don't know what came over me but I was playing well this year and I guess I wanted to extend my season a bit so I emailed him," said Leopold. "This will probably be it until the Terra Cotta next year but you never know what something like this might bring."

Dennis Bull and Ed Fryatt were the only two other players to finish under-par as they shared second at 1-under. One shot further back in a tie for fourth was 36-hole leader Gene Elliot and Rob Couture at even-par.

First round leader and recent U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Steward Hagestad ended up in a seventh place tie. Hagestad opened with a 7-under 64 before sliding to 3-over.

ABOUT THE Crane Cup

54-hole scratch stroke play event with Mid-Am and Senior Divisions, hosted by the recently redesigned (Tom Fazio) Floridian in Palm City, Florida. Tournament Director Kevin Marsh is a USGA Mid-Amateur champion and has already attracted a strong field of committed players for this invitational tournament. Use the "contact" button to request an invitation.

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Results For Crane Cup Invitational Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1RIBobby LeopoldCranston, RI40069-73-68=210
T2IADennis BullNorwalk, IA30070-72-70=212
T2NVEdward FryattLas Vegas, NV30078-66-68=212
T4IAGene ElliottW. Des Moines, IA20068-72-73=213
T4TXRob CoutureDallas, TX20073-72-68=213

View full results for Crane Cup Invitational Golf Tournament

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