June 19, 2004

Two Share Lead At State Amateur Championship

The final round will be played tomorrow, June 20.

Brad Quiri and RJ Nakashian take the lead after three rounds of play at the 87th Florida State Amateur Championship at The Club at TwinEagles in Naples. 

Quiri and Nakashian lead the field of 72 players with a three-round total of 5-under par 211. Quiri, of Tampa, fired a 5-under par 67 in the third round to jump into the lead. His front nine score of 35 featured birdies on holes 4 and 6, and he continued to make birdie on five more holes on the back nine to shoot 32. Quiri recorded a 71 in the first round and 73 in the second round. Quiri, playing in his first Florida State Amateur Championship, is a senior on the University of South Florida golf team. Tied with Quiri for the lead is RJ Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, who has played consistently shooting 70-71-70—211. In the third round, Nakashian shot 3-over on the front nine then went on to fire a 31 on the back nine making five birdies. Nakashian, 36, is also playing in his first Florida State Amateur Championship. Yesterday’s leader, Jack Lander, of Juno Beach,stands one back from the leaders shooting 70-67-75—212. Stefan Wistorf, of Bradenton, is tied with Lander at 212 after scores of 70-72-70. Past Florida State Golf Association president, Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, is 2-under par with a three-round total of 214. First round leader, Peter Dachisen, is tied with four other competitors at 217. CJ Holder, of St. Petersburg, made his first-ever hole-in-one on the 5th hole from 175 yards out with a 7-iron.

Competitors played 18 holes each at The Club at TwinEagles and Bonita Bay East Cypress courses in Naples on June 17-18. After two rounds, 72 players at a two-round total of 150 or better advance to the final 36 holes of the Championship at TwinEagles.Designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack, TwinEagles is host to the Champions Tour ACE Group Classic as well as last year's State Four-Ball Championship and this year's Southeast Challenge Cup Matches.

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.

For tee-times, pairings and complete results, please log on to www.fsga.org. Spectators and media are welcome to watch the state’s best amateur golfers compete at TwinEagles. The final round of the Championship begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, June 20.

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