Jim Albus has a lot of catching up to do, especially when it
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Jim Albus has a lot of catching up to do, especially when it comes to winning titles.
He’s a fast learner.
Albus, a former teaching pro who did not play on the main PGA Tour on a regular basis, on Sunday won his fifth Senior PGA title. He fired a 3-under-par 69 for an 11-under 205 over three rounds at the $650,000 SBC Dominion Seniors golf tournament at the 6,814-yard, par-72 Dominion Country Club.
It was the second consecutive Dominion title for Albus, who collected $97,500 with his latest victory.
``A number of guys can compete on the Senior Tour who did not play on the regular tour,″ said Albus, who was named the 1990 Club Professional of the Year by PGA of America. ``My friend Orville Moody kidded me and said I wouldn’t make it on the tour when I decided to play. Some of us are lucky to be able to do it. Golf is my life.″
Albus, who had two birdies and an eagle in Sunday’s victorious round, moved from No. 7 to No. 3 on the 1995 money leaders’ list. In addition to his two Dominion wins, Albus, who joined the Senior Tour in 1990, captured the 1994 Bank of Boston Senior Classic, the 1993 GTE Suncoast Classic and the 1991 Senior Players Championship.
In 1994, Albus became the first former club pro to pocket more than $1 million in single-season earnings. He resigned as head pro at the Piping Rock Club on Long Island after 14 years to play the Senior Tour full time.
Two other former teaching pros with little or no regular tour experience are Tom Wargo of Centralia, Ill., and Larry Laoretti of Stuart, Fla. Wargo, the winner of two Senior titles, including the 1993 PGA Seniors Championship, finished the Dominion tournament at 213. Laoretti, who captured the 1992 U.S. Senior Open, shot a 7-over 223.
Robert Landers of Azle, Texas, a dairy farmer who qualified for the Senior PGA Tour, finished at 225.
``It’s hard to figure I’m doing well at this age,″ Albus said. ``I’m lucky to be here. It’s a super opportunity. It’s fulfilling to hold off guys like Trevino, Floyd and Stockton.″
Jay Sigel, who has one Senior PGA Tour title to his credit, fired six birdies en route to a final-round 66 to finish three strokes back of Albus at 208, tied with Ray Floyd.
Floyd, who was ranked No. 4 on the money list going into the tournament and now stands at No. 2, had three birdies and one eagle to shoot a 68. Each golfer collected $52,000 for the second-place finish.
Lee Trevino, the 1991 and 1992 champion, and the last player to win back-to-back Dominion titles, fired a 70 on Sunday to finish in fourth place with 209.
Trevino stood at 8-under, just one stroke back from Albus. But Albus birdied No. 11, while Trevino had par on that hole, then bogeyed No. 12, giving the eventual champion a comfortable lead.
Dave Stockton and Tommy Aaron came in at 210. Dave Eichelberger and Dick Hendrickson were both at 211, while Jim Colbert, the Senior Tour’s 1995 leading money winner, shot 216.