June 18, 2004

Lander Leads State Amateur Championship

72 players advance to the Championship at The Club at TwinEagles in Naples this weekend June 19-20.

Jack Lander, of Juno Beach, fired the low round of the tournament thus far, 67, at TwinEagles. Combined with his first round score of 70 at Bonita Bay East Cypress course, Lander finished with a two-day total 137, 7-under par. In the second round, Lander shot a 3-under 33 on the front nine with birdies on holes 2, 5, and 9. Hethen made bogey on the 11th hole and recovered with a birdie on #12. His eagle on the par 5, 13th hole gave him a 34 for the back nine. Joe Lamielle, of Sarasota, fired a 3-under par 69 at the Cypress course and with his 71 first round score trails Lander by three strokes. Lamielle, who plays for Florida Gulf Coast University, was runner-up in last year’s State Match Play Championship. Joshua Anderson, of Lake Alfred, RJ Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, and Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, shot a two-day total of 141. The 2002 Champion, Ty Harris, of Tampa, will also be in the Championship field after shooting 81-69-150.

Competitors played 18 holes each at The Club at TwinEagles and Bonita Bay East Cypress courses in Naples on June 17-18. After two rounds, 72 players at a two-round total of 150 or better advance to the final 36 holes of the Championship at TwinEagles. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack, TwinEagles is host to the Champions Tour ACE Group Classic as well as last year's State Four-Ball Championship and this year's Southeast Challenge Cup Matches.

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

For tee-times, pairings and complete results, please log on to www.fsga.org. Spectators and media are welcome to watch the state’s best amateur golfers compete at TwinEagles. Play begins at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

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