Larney repeats in Senior Championship Flight


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Ken Larney wasn't in the final threesome in the final round of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour's Senior National Championship. He was one group ahead, four shots behind to start the final 18 in the Senior Champions Flight [handicap 0-3.9].

And that's just the way he wanted it.

'I thought it was good mojo,' he said.

Larney successfully defended his title in the championship flight, shooting a brilliant 3-under 69 at St. Johns Golf & Country Club. He defeated overnight leader Ron Quick (76) by three strokes.

Larney, who also won the Senior National Championship in 2007, had five birdies and two bogeys Friday. And while he had no idea as to what the final group was doing behind him, he knew well that he was leaving an impression on them.

'They watched me make a lot of putts,' he said. 'That had to add pressure to them.'

Larney, a 54-year-old from Orland Park, Ill., described his final performance as 'a stress-free day.'

He also said that he takes great pride in being a three-time senior national champion.

'In 50 years, when this is really, really a big deal, to have my name on the trophy three times in its infancy will be great, ' he said of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour.