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Albany’s Skinner wins Fla. tourney

Allbany golf pro Sonny Skinner

Allbany golf pro Sonny Skinner

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner was the biggest winner at the 28th annual PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at The PGA Golf Club this week.

The 51-year-old Skinner, a teaching professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, was low medalist for the two youngest age groups, 50-54 and 55-59 with an 11-under 205. He shot 66 and 67 on the Ryder Course Monday and Wednesday and 70 on the Wanamaker Course on Tuesday. Skinner was the Senior Player of the Year the last two seasons and PGA Professional Player of the Year in ’08.

Skinner received a $1,500 bonus with the balance of the $69,000 purse distributed in seven age groups. Skinner also received an additional $2,500 because his age group was the largest. In December in Port St. Lucie, Skinner won one of the six PGA Tournament Series events and was second on the money list with $4,787.50 and third in stroke average, par-72 for 12 rounds.

“I just took some time off during the holidays and let my body rest,” Skinner said. “I came back ready to go again.”

Skinner missed earning his Champions Tour card by one spot during Q-School qualifying late last year, but is one of the first alternates for PGA’s senior tour based on his seventh-place finish in Q-School.

The Champions Tour season opens next weekend in Hawaii.