Friday afternoon played host to a wet and wild Weekly Informal 6 held at USF Riverfront Park. With puddles on the course to negotiate through and slick discs to throw, the expectation of terrible scores turned out to be far from the truth.
Through the first 7 holes, Joe Mangrum blasted through to take an early 2 stroke lead with Vinny Piperato and Chris Sikes trying to climb back into the race. After bogeys on hole 8 and hole 9 by Joe, Vinny was able to hang on with pars and go into the back 9 tied at +5. Chris was struggling on the front 9 with a +10.
Hole 10 began with a misfire tee shot by Vinny which sent the driver into the woods. He was lucky to escape with a bogey Joe and Chris were able to keep their drives on the fairway and escape with pars, giving Joe the lead once more. Hole 11 and 12 were slight dog legs to the left where Vinny had the edge with his Champion Groove working the angles. Vinny was able to par both holes where Joe wrapped up the 2 holes with a bogey and a par. With Joe and Vinny tied through 13 holes, it was the 14th hole where Vinny was finally able to gain a 1-stroke lead and hang on to win. Both members played their best ever on the course as they both were able to break the previous course record held by defending USF Riverfront champ Will the Token.
Vinny Piperato +6
Joe Mangrum +7
Chris Sikes +17