July 17, 2006

Senior Match Play Quarterfinalists Set

The Senior Amateur Match Play Championship is now down to eight players in each flight as the quarterfinal matches will be played tomorrow.

After an hour lightning delay and two rounds of play, the Senior Division Championship flight quarterfinals are now set. Two past Senior Amateur Champions will face off in a quarterfinal match hoping to advance to the semifinals. The 2004 Senior Amateur Champion and number two seed, Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, will play Edward Craig, the 2005 Senior Amateur Champion. Scamehorn won his first match by forfeit then defeated Bill O’Keefe, of Boca Raton, 2 and 1. Craig, of Orlando, won his first two matches 3 and 2 to move on to the quarterfinals. Also in the lower half of the bracket is Bob Ethridge, of Plantation, who defeated Gary Petit, of Dade City, in the second round making birdie to win after 21 holes. Ethridge is up next versus Fred Peel, of Chipley. In the upper half, Berger Warner, of Ocala, upset the number one seed and 2006 Senior Amateur Champion Ron Cleland, of Naples. Warner defeated Cleland 2 and 1 and will play Brian Hawke, of Temple Terrace, in the quarterfinal match. Neil Carter, of Citrus Springs, will play Frank Saxon, of Mulberry, in the final quarterfinal match of the Championship flight.   

In the Senior Division first flight, top seeded Jim Kehoe, of Bradenton, advanced to the quarters defeating James Harriott, of Mary Esther, 2 and 1. Kehoe will now face Evans Harbour, of Ormond Beach, in the quarterfinals. Doug Ballenger, Port Saint Lucie, the number two seed, continues on to the next round winning his match 2 and 1 over Bob Coffey, of Lake Suzy. In the second flight, Tommy Piazza, of Sarasota, earned a bye being the number one seed. Piazza will play Joe Thompson, of Fort Myers, in the quarters after Thompson won his match 4 and 3. Seeds 2 and 3 also advanced with a bye and the fourth seeded player in the flight, Dave Budney, from Bayonet Point, moves on to the next round winning his match 6 and 5 over Michael Hoffman, of Howey-in-the-Hills.

In the Super Senior Division, top seed Max Mathews, of Andalusia, won his match 9 and 8 over Bill Morton, from Jupiter, to continue on to the quarterfinals. Mathews will now face Mike Craven, of Naples, who defeated Tom Matey, of Orlando, 8 and 6. Second seed Terry Shook, of Bayonet Point, also won his match 8 and 6 and will play Don Lambert, from Foley, who won his match 8 and 6 as well.

To be eligible, players must have reached 55 years of age by July 16, 2006. All players traveling to Cypress Run Golf Club were guaranteed an 18-hole seeding round and at least one round of match play. After the 18-hole seeding round, the field of 80 (64 Seniors and 16 Super-Seniors) was seeded into a Senior Division Championship flight of 32 players and two additional flights of 16 players. Also, the 16 Super-Seniors were seeded into a Super-Senior Championship flight. Ultimately, there will be a Senior Amateur Match Play Champion and a Super-Senior Amateur Match Play Champion from each Championship flight.

Cypress Run is set among beautifully wooded terrain and is considered one of the best designed and maintained courses in the Tampa Bay area. The fairways are wide, but lined with towering cypress and oak trees. The signature hole is #18, a 433-yard, par 4, featuring a dogleg right fairway and a green that is guarded in front by Hollins Creek.   

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

Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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