February 14, 2018

12th Florida Cup Captains Named

Two Co-Captains have been named to each the North & South Teams for this fall's bi-annual Florida Cup Matches.

The FSGA has named playing co-captains for both the North & South Teams for the 2018 Florida Cup. The North Team will be captained by Marc Dull, of Lakeland, and Doug Lacrosse of Tampa, while the South Team will be led by the duo of Ben Adelberg, of Delray Beach and Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale.

The four Co-Captains are no stranger to the competitive nature that The Florida Cup brings. Overall, Dull, LaCrosse, Adelberg and Woulfe have played in a combined 49 USGA Championships, and each one of them is looking forward to the competitiveness and camaraderie that the Florida Cup brings.

North Team Co-Captains

Marc Dull

  • Hometown: Lakeland, FL
  • College: Florida Southern College
  • Club: Streamsong Resort
  • Occupation: Caddie at Streamsong Resort
  • USGA Championships: 7

Marc holds a plethora of accomplishments not only within the FSGA rankings, but nationally as well. The 2017 FSGA Amateur Player of the Year had a knockout year last year, winning his first FSGA Championship at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship as well as finishing as a semi-finalist at the United States Four-Ball Championship.

Even though this is only Marc's second Florida Cup appearance, (2-1-0 record in his first) he is looking forward to the challenge of being a Co-Captain. As he states, "The Florida Cup is one of my favorite events of the year. The Ryder Cup format creates a true team atmosphere, and really enhances the competition aspect of the event. It's a great way to put a face to the names you see on the leader boards throughout the year."

Doug LaCrosse

  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • College: University of South Florida
  • Club: Palma Ceia Country Club & Avila Golf Club
  • USGA Championships: 16

North Team Co-Captain Doug LaCrosse will be making his fourth Florida Cup appearance this year. With a solid 5-2-2 record, he is a force to be reckoned with in this event. Doug's 2017 was highlighted by finishing 2nd at Florida Senior Amateur, and making the cut at age 65 in the 100th Florida Amateur. So far this year, LaCrosse has played in three Winter Series events, finishing no higher than 5th place. With his steady play heading into the event, LaCrosse hopes to be a big part of the North Teams success this year. 

When asked to be a captain, Lacrosse reacted: "This will be fun, great to get to know the younger guys, and play against the old guys. The Florida Cup was always very special, exciting, fun filled event. Congrats to Ben, Rick, & Marc!"

South Team Co-Captains

Ben Adelberg

  • Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
  • College: University of Kansas & St. Thomas University
  • Occupation: Talent Management
  • USGA Championships: 1

Ben Adelberg, of Boynton Beach, will be making his fifth Florida Cup appearance this upcoming October at the Hammock Dunes Club. Adelberg (4-4-4) had a very impressive 2017 campaign which included finishing T-2 at the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and a third place finish in the Two-Man Shoot-Out. When asked his thoughts about competing in the event for a fifth time, Adelberg had this to say; "The Florida Cup is the finest competitive golf event I've ever experienced. An invitation acknowledges great achievement on the golf course but also recognizes your passion for competition and the respect you've earned among your peers. The players selected to play in the Florida Cup are the ambassadors of amateur golf within the Florida State Golf Association. Being selected as a Captain of the South Team is a tremendous honor." 

Rick Woulfe

  • Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • College: Michigan State University
  • Club: Lago Mar Country Club
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • USGA Championships: 25

Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, will be making a record 11th appearance at this years Florida Cup. Rick's 2017 was filled with highlights, but two very special ones came back to back in May and June. In May, Woulfe fired a second round 67 at John's Island - West Course, in the stroke play portion of the Mid-Amateur Championship. This 67 was the first time he shot his age in competition, and earned him medalist honors against the young Mid-Amateurs. A month later, Woulfe like Lacrosse, proved the the Seniors can stick with the top amateurs and made the cut at age 67 in the 100th Amateur at The Bear's Club, finishing T53.

Even though Woulfe (11-9-5) is used to being selected as a player (or Captain) for this event, he still sees it as a tremendous honor to be able to compete with the other 32 amateurs. "The Florida Cup team selections have become coveted by the top Amateurs golfers in Florida," Woulfe said. He went on to say; "There is a unique place for team competitions where the mixed formats, increased level of great play, camaraderie not just between team members - but all players have created a goal to which all the top Amateurs in Florida are seeking: which is to be invited to Hammock Dunes in October." Between Woulfe and Adelberg, it seems as though the South Team has experience on their side.

Florida Cup - Event History

The Florida Cup, entering it's twelfth playing, is a staple on the FSGA's Championship schedule. Played bi-annually, the event hosts 32 of Florida's top amateur's at one of the States top facilities. This year the event is being hosted by the Hammock Dunes Club, in beautiful Palm Coast. The Creek Course at Hammock Dunes, where the matches will be played, is a tough test for golfers of all skill levels. Designed by Rees Jones, the course features plenty of water, pine forests, tropical hardwoods and marsh terrain, all of which are waiting to snag an errant tee or approach shot at a moments notice. Hammock Dunes should play a tough host to our amateurs, although they each welcome the challenge that The Creek Course will bring.

Currently the South holds the cup and a 6-5 series lead.

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