FSGA Names Players-of-the-Year & Hall of Fame Inductees
On Friday, November 18, the Florida State Golf Association honored the 2005 Players-of-the-Year and Hall of Fame Inductees at the annual dinner at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa. Kelly Gosse is the Amateur Player-of-the Year, Rick Woulfe earned the Senior Player-of-the-Year and Chappell Brown is the Junior Player-of-the-Year. The first inductees into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame are AC Ulmer, Jim Callender, Charlie Bedford, Carl Dann Jr., Bo Williams, Don Bisplinghoff and Bob Murphy.
Kelly Gosse, from Inverness, was named the 2005 Player-of-the-Year after topping the FSGA points standings with 985 points. In 2005, Gosse won the Match Play Championship, finished tied for 3rd in the Public Links Championship and tied for 9th in the Mid-Senior Championship. He was also selected to represent Florida in the USGA State Team Championship. Last year, Gosse and partner Ken Godwin won both the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North and Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Championships.
His first year playing as a Senior, Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, earned the Senior Player-of-the-Year after a successful season. Woulfe, the 2002 and 2004 Player-of-the Year, played in his 5th USGA State Team Championship this year and placed second in his first Senior Championship. This year, Woulfe won the Senior Four-Ball Championship with Bob Ethridge and was part of the winning Lago Mar Country Club team that won the Club Team Championship. In addition to the 2005 Championships, Woulfe has won the 1998 Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championship and the 1995 Four-Ball Championship.
Chappell Brown, of West Palm Beach, was named the Junior Player-of-the-Year. He won the 2005 Boys' Junior Championship by two strokes at Palma Ceia. Brown and partner Robbie Wight finished second in the Four-Ball Championship. Brown led the 2004-2005 FJT points standings with two wins.
This year, the FSGA will induct seven men into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame. The following individuals are the first inductees into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame.
AC Ulmer founded the FSGA in 1913 and won the first Florida State Amateur Championship in 1914. Ulmer went on to win the Amateur four more times (1917, 1921, 1922, 1928). In 1950, he won the United States Seniors' Golf Association Championship (forerunner to the US Senior Amateur which began in 1955).
Jim Callender is a 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He has worked many FSGA and USGA Championships, including five US Opens. The Silver Star recipient retired from the naval service after serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Charlie Bedford is a 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Charlie is an FSGA Tournament Chairman and Course Rater. He was awarded the 2000 Volunteer-of-the-Year. Charlie has been a USGA Committee Member for ten years and has officiated four US Opens, six US Amateurs, seven US Senior Opens and ten US Amateur Public Links Championships.
Carl Dann Jr. is a 5-time Florida State Amateur Champion (1933, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1949).
Bo Williams is a 3-time Florida State Senior Champion (1986, 1987, 1990), 4-time Senior Four-Ball Champion (1986, 1988, 1991, 1992) and 2-time US Senior Amateur Champion (1986, 1989).
Don Bisplinghoff is a 4-time Florida State Amateur Champion (1953, 1954, 1955, 1958) and US Junior Champion (1952). Don won the Florida Open three times as an amateur (1955, 1961, 1962).
Bob Murphy is a 2-time Florida State Amateur Champion (1965, 1966) US Amateur Champion (1965) and NCAA Individual Champion (1966). Bob won the Florida Open in 1967 and has five PGA Tour victories and 11 Champions Tour victories.
Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 21 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 41 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.