Gay Brewer won his second Vantage Classics title (for golfers over 60) Saturday by shooting a 4-under-par 68. That gave him a two-day 138 total, three strokes better than Orville Moody and a $14,500 paycheck.
The Vantage Classics was started in 1987 as the "Super Seniors" for golfers over 60 years old. The "tournament within a tournament" is played the first two rounds of most senior events.Usually the older golfers aren't still in contention for the final round, but Brewer is in the thick of things, just four shots behind the leader, Dave Stockton.
"Any time you get within five strokes of the lead you have a chance," said Brewer. "No Super Senior has ever won the (main tournament). A Super Senior has to win eventually."
Jerry Barber, the 78-year-old who was tied with Brewer after the first round with a 70, shot a 79 for a 149 total.
ALIVE AND WELL: Babe Hiskey's picture was inadvertantly put on the news wires across the country Saturday night in place of Bert Yancey, who died Friday before his round.
It apparently didn't bother him. Hiskey was alive and well Saturday, coming back from a first-day 77 to shoot a 69 Saturday.
STAYING EVEN: Bruce Summerhays shot a second consecutive 72 Saturday and stands in a tie for 30th place at 144 going into the final round.
The Heber pro made a double bogey at the 6th hole when he hit into the water and made the turn at 2-over 38. But he came back with birdie-2s at the both the par-3 13th and 16th holes for a 34 on the back side.
If Summerhays stays in the same position, he stands to win approximately $4,000.
Among the other golfers with local ties, Billy Casper came back with a 74 after an 81, Bill Johnston shot an 81 for a 158 total while Lanny Nielsen had a difficult day, shooting an 85 for a 163 total.
GUN-SHY: Yancey's death might have made other golfers more gun-shy about playing if they have something wrong with their health.
One was Lee Elder, who withdrew from the tournament befor Saturday's round because of "chest pains."
Another golfer, Charlie Owens, withdrew after his round of 75 because of a "bad back" and also withdrew from next week's Senior event in Seattle. Owens had struggled to an 87 in Friday's first round.
NOTES: The two most difficult holes Saturday were the par-3s on the front nine. The 5th hole yielded only five birdies, while just six birds were made on the 6th hole . . . The easiest hole was the par-5 8th, where four eagles and 25 birdies were made.