June 21, 2003

Maddox Leads State Amateur Championship

Richard Maddox, of Panama City, has taken the lead after three rounds of play.

Richard Maddox, along with Andy Johncke, of Palm Beach Gardens, had the low round of the day with a score of 69. Maddox shot a first round score of 73, second round 72 and finished with a three-under par 69 to give him a 214 total. Matthew Every, of Daytona Beach, carded a 71 today and is one stroke behind Maddox. Yesterday's leader John Limanti, of Jacksonville, is also one stroke behind the leader as he shot a 74 today. His 69 yesterday and 74 in the first and third rounds, gives him a three-round total of 215. Limanti, a University of North Florida senior, "played better today, but just finished the last five holes five over." Limanti says for tomorrow, "I'm not going to do anything different, just hit the fairways and focus on the target."

Most players made it in before the 23 minute rain delay, but some groups went back out after the weather cleared. Right before the weather turned bad, defending champion, Ty Harris, of Tampa, shot his first-ever hole in one on Hole #14 with a two iron, 206 yards out. Harris, a junior at Georgia State. finished with a 75 today and a three-round total of 219. The first round leader, Matt Adcock, of Apopka, is tied with three others at 218.

On June 19-20, the field of 168 players was split evenly to play 18 holes each at The Bay Hill Club and Metrowest Country Club in Orlando. After two rounds, 76 players at a two-round total of 152 or better advanced to the final 36 holes of the Championship at The Bay Hill Club.

Qualifying for the Championship was held at 13 sites across the state from May 23 through June 3 with 897 entries received. Players earned a birth into the Championship by placing in a qualifier or earning exempt status through one of ten different categories.

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

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. Spectators and media are welcome to watch the state’s best amateur golfers.

For tee-times, pairings and complete results, please log on to www.fsga.org.


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