It’s not all sunshine and roses this week in Tampa, Florida. It was hard to score at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, home of the 2023 Golf week Senior Player of the Year Classic.
However, one man has been able to piece together enough things to lead not just his age group, but the entire field.
Mike Finster paced the field for the second day in a row after his opening round 71 with a 1-over 73 to tie the score over 36 holes. The St. Petersburg native held on all week despite unusual Florida weather and tough track conditions.
Finster has a three-shot lead over Georgia’s Danny Nelson while out last year Golf week Player of the Year, Rusty Strawn, lurks in solo third at 4 left.
Through 36 holes, Super Senior co-leaders Steve Humphrey and Mike Poe are still not separated, both at 8 left. First round Super Senior leader Marcus Beck slipped back to solo second with a 6-over 78 on Tuesday. At 9 over he is one shot behind Humphrey and Poe and will be the main contender for the co-leaders.
Reigning Golf week Legendary Player of the Year Don Donatoni looks set to pick up 2023 where he left off in 2022. A second round 75 moved the Pennsylvania native past first round leader Bev Hargraves and set up Donatoni for an early season win.
With 8 left for the week, Donatoni is three strokes ahead of Florida’s Hargraves and Don Russell. William Everett has a good chance as he played himself into the final four with a second round of 76. He is four out of 12 left.
In the Super Legend division, it’s still everyone’s race.
Ohio’s Gene Bingman continues to trail the field, following his opening 80 with a second-round 82. However, with just two shots to the field, a slew of contenders are waiting for a chance to move up the standings Wednesday. Led by Jack Marin and Dan Nicholson at 20 left, five golfers are within seven shots of Bingham.
With more of the same scoring conditions for Wednesday’s final round, it will take a more than solid round of golf to catch up to a leader.
Story originally appeared on GolfWeek