July 27, 2014

Family Fun at the Parent-Child

Over 400 players participated at Walt Disney world in the state's largest Championship.

Six teams captured state championships at the FSGA Parent-Child Championship at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Orlando on July 26-27. This annual State Championship attracted more than 400 players competing on four separate golf courses. 

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.

In the 30 and Older division, the father and son pair of Lenord Schonfeld II, and Leonard Schonfeld III, (pictured top right) posted rounds of 66-68 for a tournament total of 10-under par 134 to win the Championship by an impressive five strokes.  Finishing in second place was the team of Curtis Madson and Nick Albanese who fired rounds of 71-68. The 30 and Older division played their tournament rounds on the Palm and LBV courses.

In the 18-29 division, the father and son pair of Baldonick Fernandez Sr. and Jr. (pictured middle right) held on for a one stroke victory. The Fernandez’s opened up the Championship on the LBV course with a two-under par round of 70. Playing the Magnolia course on day two, the pair would fire a round of three-under par 69 for their first State Championship. The team of Ralph Ghioto III and Chet Ghioto finished in second place after rounds of 69-71.

In the 17 and Younger division, Chase and Chad Ibbotson (pictured bottom right) blew away the field with a tournament total of nine-under par 135. The Ibbotson’s held a share of the lead after day one with a 69, and finished strong on the Palm course with a six-under par 66. David and Joshua Perna and the team of Todd Read and Matthew Burton, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of 142.

Gus and Michael Vickers, of Naples (pictured top left) prevailed in a playoff to win the 10-12 age division. The father and son team finished with 59 stableford points to to prevail over David Ragan III and David Ragan IV, of Coral Gables.

Jon and Alex Veneziano, of Mount Dora (pictured middle left) finished with 58 stableford points to win the 8-9 age division by only one point. The father son pair of Eric Kaufman and Ty Kaufman finished in second place with 57 stabelford.

In the 6-7 division, Mark and Sean Adamczyk, of Naples (pictured bottom left) gained 47 points to win by one over Luke and Wade Gossett, of Sorrento.

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 Lake Buena Vista courses, and played 36 holes of modified alternate shot.

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