July 19, 2006

Scamehorn & Warner Make Senior Match Play

Two players in each flight have advanced to the finals of the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship to begin at 7:30 am on Thursday, July 20 at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs.

In the Senior Division Championship flight, the finals will feature the 2004 Senior Amateur Champion Bruce Scamehorn versus Berger Warner. Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, went 5-under in his semifinal match to defeat Fred Peel 5 and 3. Scamehorn beat 2005 Senior Amateur Champion Edward Craig in the quarters en route to advancing to the semis. It took 22 holes for Warner to secure his spot in the finals. Warner, of Ocala, made a great up and down to par the 22nd hole to win the match.

Second seed Doug Ballenger, of Port St. Lucie, will play the forth seed Harvey Barish, of Hollywood, in the finals of the Senior Division first flight. Ballenger defeated Michael Benham 2 and 1 while Barish won 6 and 5 over Evans Harbour.  The Senior Division second flight will also feature the second seed against the fourth seed in the final match. Second seed William Anthony, of Jacksonville, won his match 3 and 2 and is up next against Dave Budney, of Bayonet Point. Budney, the fourth seed, finished 1 up to win his match over Joe Thompson.

In the Super Senior Division, Mike Craven upset the top seed in the quarters and went on to beat Rennie Law, the 2005 Super Senior Amateur Champion, in the semifinals. Craven won the match on the 19th hole. Craven’s opponent in the finals is Phil Leckey, of Tampa, who won his match 1 up.

To be eligible, players must have reached 55 years of age by July 16, 2006. All players traveling to Cypress Run Golf Club were guaranteed an 18-hole seeding round and at least one round of match play. After the 18-hole seeding round, the field of 80 (64 Seniors and 16 Super-Seniors) was seeded into a Senior Division Championship flight of 32 players and two additional flights of 16 players. Also, the 16 Super-Seniors were seeded into a Super-Senior Championship flight. Ultimately, there will be a Senior Amateur Match Play Champion and a Super-Senior Amateur Match Play Champion from each Championship flight.

Cypress Run is set among beautifully wooded terrain and is considered one of the best designed and maintained courses in the Tampa Bay area. The fairways are wide, but lined with towering cypress and oak trees. The signature hole is #18, a 433-yard, par 4, featuring a dogleg right fairway and a green that is guarded in front by Hollins Creek.   

For tee-times, pairings, and complete results, please visit www.fsga.org.

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 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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