May 19, 2003

Sponder & Ethridge Win State Gross Two-Man

Father & son team claim net title

Steve Sponder, of Pembroke Pines, and Bob Ethridge, of Plantation, won the overall gross title as the father and son team of Tom and Charles Hendrick, of Inverness, were the overall net winners in the Florida State Two-Man Shoot-Out at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie on May 17-18.

Sponder and Ethridge won the overall gross division by one stroke over Jose Novo and Samuel Martinez, of Miami, scoring a three-round total of 200. Sponder and Ethridge also tied for third in the net division with a three-round score of 199, one stroke more the winners.

The Hendrick team scored a three-round net total of 198 as they won in a playoff over George Heider, of Miami Springs, and Milko Brito, of Miami. Tom Hendrick made a net birdie on the second hole of the playoff to claim the title. Tom and Charles Hendrick jumped from forth place in the second round to first place after the three rounds.

The Championship consisted of 48 teams vying for the overall title but winners were also decided after each round of play. After round one, four teams tied for first place in the gross division. Novo and Martinez, Clark Gnann and Brian Johnson, Fred Stones and David Muldowney and Defending Champions, Wade Gossett and Ryan Hritz all scored a 62 in the two-man scramble. In the net division, Carl Sullivan and Howard Vaughn won round one shooting a 60. Josh and Dwight Raines won the second round gross division with a 69 while the Hendrick team tied with John White and Javier Diaz with a net score of 67 in the alternate shot format. Playing best ball, Novo and Martinez were back on top in the final gross round carding a 65 and Kelly Slay and Kevin Aubuchon won the last net round with a 64.

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 20 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 39 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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