David Andrisen, the seven-seed in qualifying, completed a four-match win streak to capture his first Pine to Palm Super Seniors championship Sunday afternoon defeating division legend Chuck Renner.
“I almost let it get away,” Andrisen said. “It was back-and-forth for awhile. I’m pretty happy. I’m trying to figure out if it’s fun or not.”
The slow place of tournament play was less than ideal to Andrisen’s preferred faster playing style, but he got off to a quick start nonetheless.
The match was all Andrisen early as he built a 4-up lead after seven holes.
Renner got one back at the eighth, and strung together wins to and past the turn closing the gap to one-down headed to the 12th tee box.
Andrisen struggled with changing conditions on the putting surfaces and Renner took advantage.
“I couldn’t get the speed of the greens,” Andrisen said. “When I first started I was putting everything real close and I lost three or four in a row when I couldn’t get the speed of the greens.”
Prior to championship day, the 14th green was in need of watering during play just to allow balls to hold on the surface as it baked in the sun. For Andrisen, however, on Sunday the greens were softer and slower. He acclimated on the back nine and strung together a pair of birdies to get back in front, but again was only one-up through 14 holes.
A win at the par-4, 15th hole added a two-hole cushion and Andrisen ended the match winning 3&2 and handing the six-time champ a loss in his likely last match at the Pine to Palm.
“I’m a lot younger than he is but he has a beautiful golf swing,” said Andrisen. “He hits it a long ways.”
Renner has always stated he would return to play at the Pine at the end of each tournament the past few years, but was of a different mindset at the end of this week.
He has continually played through injuries and expressed how he wanted to be able to keep enjoying playing golf and the grind of the Pine to Palm had taken its toll, healthwise, and he was ready to call it an end to an unbelievable run. He appeared in all nine Super Seniors finals in division history and leaves a winner of six titles and three runners-up finishes. His 27-match winning streak running from 2011 to 2017 is one tournament mark that will likely never be touched.
Andrisen becomes only the fourth man to win the Super Seniors title joining Renner’s six, last year’s winner Doug Gillam and the first-ever champion Paul Krueger.
Andrisen had to make a late adjustment on the back nine Sunday when he lost his caddy, son Perry Andrisen, who was all over the Pine to Palm the entire week. Perry was Rick Kuhn’s looper and had to leave the Supers match at No. 12 for the start of the championship final.
Although, it was not the first time he had to jet between golfers. Perry jumped to the Kuhn bag after five holes on Saturday and caddied all but one hole in David’s victory on Thursday.
Perry looped an incredible 216 total holes during the tournament, 51 in two Kuhn matches and the 12 for his dad in the heat on Sunday alone. His final round of the day went 22 holes and he was part of three Kuhn matches that went to extra holes during match play.