August 11, 2022

Captains Named for the 14th Florida Cup

TAMPA, Fla. - The 2022 Florida Cup is upon us, and four players have been selected to serve as captains for the North and South teams. Chip Brooke and Miles McConnell will serve as the captains for the North Team, while Joey Latowski and Pete Williams will serve as captains for the South Team.

Kensington Golf and Country Club in Naples will host the tournament and it is set to be held October 16-18.  Using the Ryder Cup format, the Florida Cup will consist of three rounds of team match play. Each team has 16 members: 12 amateurs and 4 senior amateur golfers. All four captains are Florida Cup veterans and return in hopes of leading their team to victory.

North Team Captains

Brooke and McConnell hope to defend their 2020 North Team victory. Brooke helped lead his team to victory at the 2020 Florida Cup. He stands undefeated with a 3-0 record from 2020.

“I'm excited to the a co-captain for the North team in 2022. The Florida Cup is a special event, and I look forward to representing and leading the North team.“

Brooke boasts an impressive resume. Some notable highlights include, advancing to semifinalist in 2017, securing a runner-up finish in 2018, and advancing to quarterfinalist in 2022 at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship. Brooke captured back-to-back wins at the Two-Man Scramble Championship in 2020 and 2021.

In addition, he secured the Florida Open Low Amateur in 2017 and captured the victory at the 2016 Mid-Amateur. Overall, Brooke has secured three FSGA wins as well as two Florida Cup wins.

McConnell also helped lead the North Team to victory at the 2020 Florida Cup. This will be McConnell’s third Florida Cup appearance. Similarly, McConnell held an undefeated record of 3-0 in 2020.

“I'm very honored to be asked to represent the North Team in a captains role. I'm looking forward to some great competition and a a lot of fun at Kensington in October! “

The 2021 Senior Amateur Player of the Year has a resume that is nothing short of extensive. McConnell captured the Florida Senior Open Low Amateur in 2021 and 2018. He was the 2018 Mid-Senior Champion, the Winter Series Points Champion (2020-21), and most recently, captured the victory at the 2022 Senior Amateur Match Play.

He also earned Medalist honors and qualified into the 2022 U.S. Senior Open with a round of 69, and advanced to the Semifinals in the 2022 Mid-Amateur Championship. McConnell was also a member of the victorious Southeaster Challenge Match Team in 2021.

South Team Captains

Latowski and Williams will lead the South Team this year. Latowski is making his fourth Florida Cup appearance. 
The Port Saint Lucie native was the 2020 Mid-Amateur Player of the Year. He has captured victories at the Mid-Amateur Championship (2020, 2022) and the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship (2021). Most recently, Latowski secured a runner-up finish at the 2022 Amateur Match Play, and he also captured a top-three finish at the 2022 Amateur Public Links Championship.

“The Florida Cup is a fantastic event, and one I look forward to every two years. Being asked to be a captain for this year's playing alongside a great player like Pete Williams, is icing on the cake. The last two cups I've been a part of we've come up a little short and look forward to help changing that this October.“

Williams is no stranger to winning golf tournaments. Making his second Florida Cup appearance, Williams has been an active member of the FSGA over the past ten years and has captured 10 victories during that time. His resume highlights include: Senior Amateur Player of the Year (2014, 2018, 2019), Mid-Senior Four-Ball South champion (2013), Senior Amateur champion (2014), Senior Amateur Match Play champion (2014, 2018), Florida Senior Open champion (2012), back-to-back Senior Four-Ball Championship victories (2018, 2019).

Williams also won the Senior/Mid-Am Four-Ball Championship in 2015, and he captured victories at the 2013 Forty & Over Four-Ball Championship and 2011 Two-Man Shoot-Out Championship. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2021 Senior Amateur Match Play Championship after securing the number one seeding position during stroke play.

"Being considered for the Florida Cup team, yet alone selected as a a captain is truely an honor. The FSGA has created so many great experiences and memories for me which I am forever greatful, and look forward to another one this October."

Florida Cup Match History

Held every two years, 16 of the top amateurs from North Florida face off with 16 of the top amateurs from South Florida. Using a Ryder Cup format, the team with most points over two days holds the cup. Players are invited based on their performance from the previous two seasons. In 2020, North Florida won and now leads the series 7-6. Click here for full history of the matches.

Format

  • 16 members per team
  • Each team consists of 12 amateurs (age 21 & over) and 4 senior amateur golfers
  • Ryder Cup style format between the North Team and the South Team
  • Each match is worth one point to the team total
  • First team to 16 ½ points wins the Cup for one year
  • A 16-16 tie results in the defending champions retaining the Cup for an additional two years

Team Selection

  • Eight Amateurs selected from the Two-Year Amateur Player of the Year Points List
  • Two Senior Amateurs selected from the Two-Year Senior Player of the Year Points List
  • Four Amateurs selected by the FSGA Championship Committee
  • Two Senior Amateurs selected by the FSGA Championship Committee

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