Florida Wins Southeastern Challenge
Team Florida combined to earn 14 1/2 points in the Sunday morning three-ball matches, for a team total of 25 points to win the Southeastern Challenge Matches. Georgia added 13 points to their day one total to finish with 22 1/2 points as Alabama secured 15 1/2 points.
Team Florida’s Stephen Anderson, from Hobe Sound, and RJ Nakashian, from Palm Beach Gardens, remained perfect winning both of their individual matches Sunday morning, earning a total of seven points between the duo. Doug Snoap, from Apopka, picked up two points for Florida with a 1 up victory over Alabama and a 5 & 4 victory over his Georgia opponent. Bobby Bird, from Vero Beach, also picked up two points with a 3 & 2 victory over Alabama, and a 1 up victory over Georgia. Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, Kelly Gosse, of Ocala, Don Bell, of Port Orange, Tim Hume, of Tampa, Pete Williams, of Juno Beach, and Jon Veneziano, from Eustis, all picked up one point with crucial victories over their opponents. Florida’s victory breaks Georgia’s five year match winning streak, and evens up the all time series with Georgia, with six victories apiece.
The Southeastern Challenge Matches are a biennial Ryder Cup style match play competition pitting twelve man amateur teams, eight Mid-Amateurs and four Seniors, from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Matches consist of four-ball, foursome and individual matches over two days, with one point awarded to the winning team for each match. One-half point is awarded to each side for halved matches.