Family Fun at the Parent-Child
Six teams captured state championships at the FSGA Parent-Child Championship at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Orlando on July 28-29. This annual State Championship attracted more than 400 players competing on four separate golf courses.
In the 29 and Older division, the father and son pair of Andrew Saft, of Atlanta, GA, and Gary Saft, of Fort Myers, (pictured top right) posted rounds of 69-67 for a tournament total of nine-under par 136 to win the Championship in a sudden death playoff. After 36-holes of play Andrew and Gary found themselves tied with the team of Nick Albanese and Curtis Madson. The teams would head for a playoff where the Saft’s would prevail after winning the first hole. In the 19-28 year old division, Larry and Kyle Martin, of Plant City, (pictured bottom right) posted rounds of 69-66 for a tournament total of nine-under par 135 to win the title. In the 18 and under division, David and Jeremy Perna, of Sarasota, (not pictured) fired rounds of 64-65 to capture their second consecutive title by three strokes.
Drew and Hunter Ditty, of Ocala, (pictured top left) prevailed to win the 10-12 age division. The father and son team finished with 55 stableford points to to win in a playoff over Joe and Drew Angelo, from Sarasota.
Charles and Grant Newman, of Orlando, (pictured middle left) finished with 47 stableford points to win the 8-9 age division in a sudden death playoff. The Newman’s defeated the team of David Ragan III and David Ragan IV, of Coral Gables.
Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora and Alex Veneziano, from Howey-in-the-Hills, (pictured bottom left) gained 50 points to win by four points over Jacob and Steve Carter, of Saint Augustine, for the 6-7 age division title.
The Parent-Child Championship is the largest Florida State Golf Association administered event. Since 1997, the Walt Disney World Resort has hosted the Parent-Child Championship.
The Parent-Child Championship has become an annual event for many families. The tournament is open to everyone, including grandparents who want to play with a grandchild and professionals who want to compete with their child or grandchild. There is no maximum age limitation for the parent or child. The event consists of two divisions; junior and regular. In the junior division, the child must be between 6-12 years of age, and in the regular division the child must be 13 or older.
The junior division played the Oak Trail executive course in 9 holes of modified alternate shot format using the Stableford scoring each day. The regular divisions were split on the Palm, Magnolia and Osprey Ridge courses, and played 36 holes of modified alternate shot.