Williams Earns Top Seed in Match Play Championship
After an 18-hole seeding round, the field of 64 is now set to play in the Florida State Amateur Match Play Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach.
Jeff Williams, of Chuluota, secured the number one seed after firing a 6-under par 66 in the seeding round. Williams will face Jeremy Hubai, of Venice, in the first round of match play. Kelly McHugh, of Lakeland, and Thomas Murray, from Orange Park, each shot a 68 and will be seeded two and three respectively. Four players posted a 69 in the seeding round including past Mid-Amateur Champions Jon Veneziano, from Eustis, and Eddie Kenny, of Lake Worth. Veneziano, the 2005 Mid-Amateur Champion, is seeded 4th as Kenny, last year’s Mid-Amateur Champion, is seeded 5th. Michael Porte, from Mulberry, and David Johnson, of Palm Bay, also shot a 69 for the six and seven seeds.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted last year. More than 320 players attempted to qualify at one of six sites across the state. In the qualifying, players competed in 18 holes of stroke play in hopes of reaching the Championship at Quail Valley. 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.