Eustaquio Earns Top Seed in Match Play
After an 18-hole seeding round, the field of 64 is now set to play match play in the Florida State Amateur Match Play Championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Judson Eustaquio, of Lake Worth, earned the number one seed after firing a 5-under par 67 on the East/West Course. Eustaquio, the 2004 Boys Junior Champion and 2004 Junior Player-of-the-Year, will play Benjamin Shulman, of Saint Leo, in the Round of 64. University of Florida golfer Tyson Alexander, of Gainesville, secured the number two seed posting a 68. Alexander will face off against Jeff Kaufman, of Davie, in the first round of match play. Chris Kennedy, of Bradenton, the third seed, will play 2003 Match Play Champion Andy Purnell, of Jacksonville. In another key match, Defending Champion Cameron Knight, of Dade City, is up against Jeff Golden, of Winter Park. Golden was medalist at US Open Sectional Qualifying in June to advance to the 107th US Open Championship.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted this year. In the qualifying, players competed in 18 holes of stroke play in hopes of reaching the Championship at Sawgrass. The Match Play Championship begins with an 18-hole seeding round to seed the 64 player field. Single elimination match play will follow to determine the Match Play Champion.
To view tee times, pairings, and 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 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.