July 26, 2009

Gard Pair Wins Parent-Child

This annual State Championship attracted more than 150 teams competing in a Regular and Junior Division.

Case and Mark Gard posted a tournament total of 10-under par 134 to win the Florida State Parent-Child Championship at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Orlando on July 25-26.

In the Regular Division, the father and son pair of Mark and Case Gard, of Lakeland, edged out the field by two strokes to win the Championship. In the first round, the Gard duo fired a four under par 68 to trail by four strokes heading into the final round. The pair recorded a six under par 66 in the final round to secure their first ever Parent-Child Championship. John and Gary Pettit, of Tampa finished in second place after posting a tournament total of eight under par 136. First round leaders, Craig and Michael Brown, of Lynn Haven, finished in third place after a carding a final round one over par 73. The duo finished with a tournament total of seven under par 137 for the tournament.

Chase and Chad Ibbotson prevailed to win the 10-12 age division. The father and son team from Heathrow finished with 59 stableford points to edge out Brehnden Daly and Tony Schissel, from Lake Mary.

John and John Driscoll, of Ormond Beach, finished with 54 stableford points to win the championship in the 8-9 age division. The duo edged out Don and Don Bell, of Port Orange by one point. This is the second Championship for the Driscoll’s, after winning the 6-7 year old division last year.

Gus and Michael Vickers, from Naples, gained 48 points for the 6-7 age division win.

The Parent-Child Championship is the largest Florida State Golf Association administered event. Since 1997, the Walt Disney World Resort has hosted the Parent-Child Championship and once again, the resort’s Palm and Magnolia Courses and the Oak Trail executive course was used for the two divisions.

The Parent-Child Championship has become an annual event for many families. The tournament is open to everyone, including grandparents who want to play with a grandchild and professionals who want to compete with their child or grandchild. There is no maximum age limitation for the parent or child. The event consists of two divisions; junior and regular. In the junior division, the child must be between 6-12 years of age, and in the regular division the child must be 13 or older.

The junior division played the Oak Trail executive course in 9 holes of modified alternate shot format using the Stableford scoring each day. The regular division is split on the Palm and Magnolia and played 36 holes of modified alternate shot. The field is divided based upon the combined handicaps of the teams and flighted after 18 holes.

For tee-times, parings, 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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