July 29, 2006

Parent-Child Championship in Full Swing

Families from across the state have gathered at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Orlando for the annual Florida State Parent-Child Championship.

Jarrod and Steve Owen, from Vero Beach, fired a 66 to lead the Mickey Championship Flight. The 2004 Champions Bret and Bryce Voisin, of Orlando, trail the leaders by one stroke after shooting a first round 67. Three teams posted a 70 including the 2002 Champions Bruce and Scott Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, and the 2003 Champions Andy Spears, of Palm City, and Rick Spears, from Stuart. Eric Luzar, from Satellite Beach, and Rick Luzar, of Melbourne, have a one stroke advantage in the Donald Championship Flight shooting a 72. Samantha and Craig Howell, of Lake Worth, recorded a 73 as two teams are at 74.

In the 6-7 age division, Ryan and Gregory Hicks, of Clearwater, earned 24 points to lead the division by three. Tommy and Frank Mace, of Tampa, sit in second place with 21 points. Bert and Jill Hinton, of Gainesville, have a one point advantage in the 8-9 age division with 27 points on the first day. Blake and Kevin Dyer, of St. Petersburg, trail by one. In the 10-12 age division, Andrew and Brendon McCarthy, of Hobe Sound, have 29 points to lead by two. Tyler and Kirk Wendland, of Saint Augustine, and Darian and Carl Ste-Marie, of Lake City, each claimed 27 points.

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 and once again, the resort’s Palm and Magnolia Courses and the Oak Trail executive course is used for the two divisions.

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 plays the Oak Trail executive course in 9 holes of modified alternate shot format using the Stableford scoring each day. The regular division is split on the Palm and Magnolia and plays 36 holes of modified alternate shot. The field is divided based upon the combined handicaps of the teams and flighted after 18 holes.

For tee-times, parings, and complete results, please see 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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