An early peak at the Plantation Senior Invitational
Durability and persistence have been Allen Peake’s strengths over the years.
The senior golf ironman has played in over 100 tournaments across the country since the start of 2018, earning him the distinction of being one of the busiest amateur golfers in the past three years. .
Although he is currently ranked third in the world among senior amateurs, the ability to close tournaments has certainly not been one of Peake’s strong consequences.
Despite securing a decisive victory in Golfweek’s 2019 senior national play, wins, for the most part, have been few and far between for the former Georgia State Representative and restaurant chain owner.
âI’m kind of the Charles Howell of senior amateur golf – a lot of good results but not a lot of wins,â said Peake.
It may change.
With his win on Wednesday at the Plantation Senior Invitational in Venice, Fla., The 59-year-old from Macon, Ga. Announced early in the New Year that he was no longer satisfied just being in the mix and playing. ‘Accumulate a slew of top 10 finishes.
Peake was cards 73-70-71 for a score of 214 under 2, which was good for a three-stroke victory over Joe Shaktman on the Panther course at Plantation Golf and Country Club. Steve Houle and Ken Kinkopf were back five at 3 of 219 while Steve McPherson completed the top 5 at 4 of 220.
After opening with rounds of 73-70, Peake found himself tied with Shaktman heading into the final round while Kinkopf was just one out of the beat.
While Shaktman and Kinkopf, who both had wins in December, came out in 39 and 38 respectively, Peake was able to gain some breathing room on the turn after a steady 36 on his outside nine. Birdies on 11 and 17 made up for a bogey in 13 and led to a final round 71 and his second senior amateur title.
âIt was a good back and forth game all through the first nine and then I went down 30 feet on the 11 for a birdie which was a huge swing,â said Peake. “I knew I had a 2-3 kick cushion on Joe and Ken on the last nine, and then they birdied on 15, and I had a belly control of about 4 feet, a kick. knee for par. Luckily I did that. The putt gave me a decent cushion. And then I tried to make some good smart decisions coming in, and I did about 18 of 17 for birdie. , which gave me a little more leeway.
âIt was a big win for me,â said Peake. “It was my first national victory since 2019 at Golfweek Matchplay, so I was starting to wonder if I would ever win again.”
Knocking on the door so many times without it opening can harm a player’s psyche, which is why Peake made a phone call.
âLast spring, I invested in spending time with Bob Rotella, and it took me several months to fit most of the things he discussed with me into my routine and process. But there is no doubt about it. that these slight and subtle mental improvements make a huge difference to finally be able to win. “
Hard work and an improved state of mind paid off this week for Peake. As he prepares to step into the teeth of the senior calendar in the spring, he can add one more weapon to his arsenal – confidence.
ABOUT Senior Plantation Invitation
Starting in 2022, this is the first tournament of the great senior amateur season, kicking off the Florida Swing senior. 54-hole stroke play tournament with the Senior (55+), Super Senior (65+), Legends (70+) and Super Legends (75+) divisions.