October 26, 2012

Jupiter Hills Club to Host 96th Amateur

One of Florida's finest clubs is set to host the 96th Amateur Championship.

The Florida State Golf Association is proud to announce that the Jupiter Hills Club, in Tequesta, will host the 96th Amateur Championship. The Championship will be conducted from June 20-23, 2013.

This upcoming year the Amateur will go to one of the most prestigious and well-renowned clubs in the country, Jupiter Hills Club.  In addition to hosting the State Amateur in 2008, Jupiter Hills has also played host to the 1987 United States Amateur Championship as well as two United States Open Sectional qualifiers.  Those fortunate enough to qualify will be playing two of the best-conditioned courses they may have ever seen with the Hills Course consistently ranked in the top 100 in the country.

The 96th Amateur is open to amateur golfers who must be (1) a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least 4 months per year, have otherwise established legal residency or graduated from a Florida high school and presently attending an out-of-state college); or (2) a military personnel or a dependent of a military personnel based in Florida on active duty. Players must also have a handicap index no higher than 11.4.

Defending Champion, Chase Seiffert, of Panama City, won the 95th Amateur Championship shooting a 68-73-73-73--287 at the Bear's Club and the Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter.  Seiffert, as well as other former State Amateur Champions, are exempt from the qualifying.

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida.  Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

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