November 12, 2014

FSGA Conducts High School Championships

FSGA volunteers help run the Florida High School Championships

Every October golf courses around the state are flooded with high school golfers practicing and competing with hope of advancing to Regionals and, if the stars align, the Finals held in central Florida. High schools are divided into three divisions. Class 1A are the smallest schools by population which typically are the private schools, academies, and schools from less populated areas. Class 2A are the mid-range populous schools which contain a mixture of private and public schools. Class 3A are the largest schools which are mostly public schools located in very populated areas. Each Class has it's own golf tournament and within each tournament, there is a team competition and an individual competition that are run concurrently.

576 junior golfers comprised of; 96 teams of five players, and 96 individuals from other schools advanced to the Florida High School Finals. Class 1A and Class 2A competed at the Mission Inn Resort located in the small town of Howey-In-The-Hills while Class 3A competed at the International Golf Club at Deer Island located in nearby Tavares. Each tournament was held over two days and each player played 36-holes. The low four scores of the five players on each team counted each day towards the team total.

As you can imagine, coordinating and conducting these six championships is a difficult task. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) organizes and oversees high school golf in the state. For many years the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) has volunteered its services and conducts each of the Finals along with the FHSAA. FSGA volunteers from all over the state travel to Lake County to assist in with this massive event. The staff of the FSGA and it's volunteers setup the courses for play, write the Local Rules, implement and interpret the Rules, and serve as starters, scorers, and on-course Officials. The expertise and teamwork of the FSGA Officials help ensure an equitable competition for the 576 junior golfers.

For results from the State High School Finals click here

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