2020 FL Open & Women's Open Sites
TAMPA, Fla. – Pine Tree Golf Club, in Boynton Beach, will be the host site for the 74th Florida Open Championship, while the Quail Creek Country Club, in Naples, will be the host for the 4th Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open Championship.
The Florida Open Championship will be played on July 17-19, 2020, while the Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open will be contested on August 7-9, 2020.
74th Florida Open Championship
Opening in 1962, Pine Tree Golf Club was designed by Louis Sibbett Wilson. The Southeast Florida club is built over a 168-acre stretch of sand and slash pine and has been remodeled three times since its opening, most recently in 2005 by Bobby Weed.
Dubbed the greatest flat course in the world by Ben Hogan, Pine Tree will prove to be a great test for competitors in 2020.
Pine Tree most recently hosted the 2019 Four-Ball Championship, while also hosting the 2000 and 2006 Florida Amateur Championships. The Boynton Beach club also served as the host of the 1978 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
The Club at Quail Ridge will serve as the stroke-play companion for the championship. All competitors will play 18 holes at Pine Tree and The Club at Quail Ridge. Both amateurs and professionals will be in the field, with professionals competing for the $100,000 purse.
The Florida Open has a rich history that dates back to 1942 with Lou Broward winning the first championship. Notable champions, include Bob Murphy, Gary Koch, Bruce Fleisher, John Huston, Dudley Hart and Bart Bryant, among others.
Last year, Sean Dale fired a 9-under 63 at Hammock Dunes Club to capture the championship at 12-under 204. With the win, Dale became the only the eighth player in FSGA history to win both the Florida Open and Florida Amateur.
4th Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open Championship
Designed in 1981 by Arthur Hills, Quail Creek Country Club features two 18-hole courses named Quail and Creek, both courses are used for the playing of the Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open. The North Naples club will play host to its second Florida Women’s Open, after serving as the site for the 2018 championship.
In 2013, both courses were renovated by Kevin F. Leo, the director of golf courses and grounds at Quail Creek, with Hills serving as a consultant. The club is currently undergoing a major facilities renovation, with the project set to be finished in early 2020.
The Creek Course will serve as the main course for the championship, with the Quail Course being the stroke-play companion course for the 2020 championship. All competitors will play 18 holes on the Creek Course and Quail Course. While both amateurs and professionals will be in the field, professionals will be competing for the $50,000 purse.
Quail Creek is also set to host the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball on April 25-29, 2020. It will be the club’s first USGA championship and the first USGA championship to be held in Collier County.
Jessica Porvasnik and Cheryl Fox raised the trophies at last year’s Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open Championship at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. Porvasnik captured the win in the Open Division with a 6-under 209, while Fox was victorious in the Senior Division at 5-under 210.
43rd Florida Senior Open Championship
Designed in 1926 by Donald Ross, Sara Bay Country Club underwent a renovation in 2018. The goal of the restoration that began in April 2018 was to bring back some of the Ross features that had been lost over time.
Architect Kris Spence and his team of Jim Harbin and Steve Coe, along with the members and staff, set out to restore the underlying Ross contours, while removing 12 inches of excess organic material and rootzone.
While Sara Bay is no stranger to FSGA Championship, the club will play host to its first Florida Senior Open Championship. The Donald Ross course has hosted the Florida Open, Boys’ Junior Championship, Amateur Championship and Mid-Amateur Championship. Most recently, Sara Bay hosted the 2019 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
David Morland overcame a six-stroke deficit to capture the 2018 Florida Senior Open at West ay Golf Club. Matthew Avril finished tied for second, alongside Victor Tortorici, and captured low amateur honors.
Entries open for next year’s Florida Open, Florida Women’s Open and Florida Senior Open on January 15 at 8 a.m.
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