July 08, 2012

63rd Four-Ball Champions Crowned

Debra & Whittemore come from three strokes back to claim title.

The team of Daniel Debra and Don Whittemore fired a final round nine-under par 63 to win the 63rd Florida State Four-Ball Championship at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, on July 7-8.
Daniel Debra, of Lutz, and Don Whittemore, of Temple Terrace, posted a tournament total of 16-under par 128 to win the 2012 Championship. After a first round of seven-under par 65, the duo trailed the first round leaders, Mike Riley and Mike Riley Jr., of Panama City, by three strokes heading into the final round. In the final round the duo caught fire with an impressive nine-under par 63, to win the Championship by two strokes.

The pair from Orlando, Cap Caponi and Michael Kovaleski, and the team comprised of past State Champions, Robert Hess, of Casselberry, and Doug Snoap, of Apopka, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of 14-under par 130. Two teams finished tied for fourth place including the duo from Jacksonville, Brendan Rager and the 2010 Amateur Champion, Sean Dale, and the first round leaders Mike Riley and Mike Riley Jr. posting a tournament total of 13-under par 131.

From June 12-19, the Florida State Golf Association conducted seven qualifying tournaments for amateur golfers trying to advance to the Championship at Interlachen Country Club. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole.

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