Bluewater Bay Crowned Interclub State Champions
Bluewater Bay Resort posted a 31-under par to win the inaugural Interclub Team State Championship at Falcon's Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee on March 31-April 1.
Bluewater Bay, in Niceville, held a four stroke lead after the first round recording a team total of 7-under par 641. Hal Dowden and team captain Dave Lavoie fired under par net scores of 71 in the first round to contribute to the team's success. In the final round, the team posted strong scores to card a 24-under par 624 for the victory.Carl California posted a team low score of 68 in the final round as Bo Burns and Hal Dowden each matched Dowden's first round score of 71 to be added to the team's total. Each day, Bluewater Bay's four-ball scores that were counted were all under par rounds.Hunter's Green Country Club carded a 30-under par in the final round to jump into second place.
Hunter's Green, in Tampa, was in fourth place after a first round total of 655 and made the leap into second place with a 618 in the final round. Tim Hume and Nick Meyer helped Hunter's Green in the final round each firing a 69. Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, in Miami, was in second place after the first round and fell to third place overall with a total of 1289. The Country Club of Heathrow took fourth place as TPC at Prestancia, in Sarasota, finished even par for fifth place.
In the State Championship, the best six individual net scores and best three four-ball net scores count for each round. Next year, the Interclub State Championship will be played the weekend of April 5-6 with a site to be determined.
After two rounds of playoffs, Bluewater Bay emerged as the Northwest Region Champion. Hunter's Green won the West Central Region, Miccosukee claimed the South Region title, The Country Club at Heathrow represented the East Central Region and TPC at Prestancia won the East Central Region.
The Men's Interclub Team Matches began in January and included six weeks of home and away matches, followed by regional play-offs and a State Championship at Falcon's Fire Golf Club. Matches are played on Thursday afternoons and utilize full handicaps (18.4 indexes and below) featuring eight players from each team competing against another local club. All competitors play an individual 18-hole match and at the same time, play with a partner from their team in a four-ball match against two players from the opposing team (2-man, best ball).
The FSGA maintains an easy-to-use scoring and standings section on www.fsga.org and each team has a captain who coordinates their team, organizes home matches and enters match results into the website.
For complete results, please see 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 25 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.