Sierra tops Marroquin in playoff

Joe Sierra’s net birdie on the first playoff hole gives him the victory over Frank Marroquin at The USA Golf Tours Amateur event at Hernando Oaks GC in Brooksville FL. The USA Golf tour held its 8th tournament of the season on Saturday June 16th. The toughest challenge players faced were the fast greens at Hernando Oaks. The course has proven to be a favorite spot for the players on the tour to play.

Tampa, FL, June 26, 2007 --( Frank Marroquin’s net 34 on the front nine gave him a one shot lead over Joe Sierra and Mark Dinkel. As the players made the turn Frank continued his consistent play from tee to green as he built up a 3 shot lead going to 16th tee. Joe pared 16 and birdied 17 and 18. Frank was unable to get up and down to save par on 16 and pared 17 and 18. Both players finished the round at net 67 to force the first sudden death playoff of the season; The players started the playoff at the 17th. Both hit good drives off the tee and went through the fairway to the light ruff. Joe had 147 yards to the green played a 8 iron and hit the ball to within 15 feet of the hole. Frank had 140 to the pin. Hooked his second into the left bunker. Frank played a great shot from the bunker from 14 from the hole. Joe need a 2 putt par to secure his first win. “I kept telling myself that all I had to do was get my ball close to the hole as I had been doing all day to secure the par and put the pressure on my playing partner to hole out from 14 feet away to tie.” Joe said after the round. Joe putted his ball close to the hole and tapped in. Frank lined up the putt and Just missed it to give Joe Sierra his first win on the USA Golf Tour. When asked how it felt being in the playoff. Joe said “Well first of all, I think we were both nervous as neither one of us have ever had any playoff experience. But once we got to the tee box I calmed down because I realized that I was just thrilled over the fact that I had tied for first and it really didn’t matter to me whether I actually win the playoff hole or not. I was satisfied with just being there and winning or losing was merely an afterthought."

The tour point’s leaders struggled allowing players to make a move up the standings. Rob Baxley’s net 84 gave tour players a chance to make up some ground in the chase for the tour championship and a spot on the Tampa Cup team. When asked about his play Rob said “The only highlight from my round was watching a lynx, bobcat, or whatever it was run across the 14th fairway. I'd like to forget about everything else.”

Other notable rounds former tour director Ken Rich shot a net 29 on the back nine. Don Oneal finished the round with a season low 25 putts for his round.

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Mike Pearson