August 04, 2005

State Match Play Flights Set

Match play will begin Friday, August 5 and continue through Sunday, August 7, at University Park Country Club in Sarasota.

After an 18-hole seeding round, the flights are now set for the Florida State Match Play Championship.

All non-exempt competitors played an 18-hole stroke play seeding round on Thursday, August 4 to determine their flights. The field of 96 players will make up five flights, a Championship flight of 32 players and four additional flights of 16 players. A winner will be decided in each of the five flights with the Match Play Champion from the flight of 32.

Scott Harris, of Wellington, was medalist with a score of 69 in the 18-hole seeding round. There was an eight way play-off with a score of 75 for the final five spots to get into the Championship flight of match play. The play-off for the final qualifying spots went eight holes as Hilton Chancellor, from Bradenton, birdied the eighth hole to secure the final spot.

The Championship flight features defending champion David Roschman, of Jupiter, seeded number one. Roschman is matched up with Kenneth Chapman, of Sarasota, who posted a 75 in the seeding round. Also in the top half of the Championship flight is Scott Harris, who was the seeding round medalist. He will face the 2003 Match Play Champion Andy Purnell, of Jacksonville, who also fired a 75 in the seeding round. Steve Carter, from Jacksonville, the 2004 Mid-Amateur Champion will face Hilton Chancellor, of Bradenton, in the Championship flight. Last year’s Match Play runner-up Brett Burton, from Stuart, will match up against TJ Shuart, Coral Springs, who carded a 75 in the seeding round. Last year, Roschman defeated Burton 6 and 5 at the Indian River Club in Vero Beach. All five flights begin the match play competition on Friday, August 5 with the Championship flight also playing in the afternoon. All flights will play two matches on Saturday, August 6 with the finals on the morning of Sunday, August 7.

For pairings, tee-times and complete results, please see www.fsga.org.


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