1999 Mid-Amateur Championship
Alfieri Wins His Third State Title of the Year at Mid-Amateur
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Joe Alfieri II of Lutz won four of the last six holes over Ft. Lauderdale's Rick Woulfe to earn the Florida State Mid-Amateur title at Timuquana Country Club, 3 and 2.
Alfieri and Woulfe were both even-par through the first five holes. Woulfe had taken a 1-up lead but made a bogey to fall back even. The final four holes on the front nine were a see-saw affair. Woulfe birdied the sixth hole to go 1-up, but Alfieri answered with a birdie at seven to tie it back up. Alfieri bogeyed the 8th hole so Woulfe took another 1-up lead. After pars on the 9th and 10th holes, Alfieri took control of the match. On 11, Woulfe hit two balls into the water and conceded a birdie putt to Alfieri to once again even the match. An Alfieri Birdie on 12 and a Woulfe birdie on 13 quickly gave Alfieri a 2-up lead. After parring the 15th, Woulfe made another bogey at 15 to give Alfieri a 3-up lead with three holes to play. The match ended with both players made routine pars on the sixteenth hole.
The title was Alfieri's third state title of the year. He had teamed with Tampa's Doug LaCrosse to win the Florida State Four-Ball Championship in July and the Florida State Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship in June.
In the semifinals, Alfieri defeated Wellington's Steve Earsley, 3 and 1, while Woulfe went 20 holes to defeat Orlando's Matt Avril. Alfieri took advantage of a 3-hole bogey stretch on the back nine by Earsley to advance. Woulfe had a harder time in his semifinals match. Even after 18 holes, the pair parred the 19th. Woulfe finally claimed the match when Avril made a bogey on the 20th hole.
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