August 08, 2008

32 Advance in Match Play

Kyle Westhorpe upsets 2nd seed Kelly McHugh in the Round of 64 to be one of 32 advancing.

Kyle Westhorpe, of Titusville, the 63rd seed defeated Kelly McHugh, of Lakeland, 6 and 5 in the first round of match play. Westhorpe now plays Daniel Berger, of Jupiter, in the Round of 32. Berger, who won the 13-15 age division of the Junior Match Play Championship last week, won his first match 2 and 1. In the upper half of the bracket, top seed Jeff Williams, of Chuluota, won his first match 5 and 4 to face Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, in the Round of 32. Williams fired a 6-under par 66 in the seeding round to secure the number one seed. The 2007 Mid-Amateur Champion Eddie Kenny, of Lake Worth, won his match 2 and 1 as Jon Veneziano, from Eustis, the 2005 Mid-Amateur Champion, also won his match to move on to the next round.  

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.


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