Jones Team Wins Parent-Child Championship
In the Regular Division, the father and son pair of Austin, from Tampa, and Randy, from Lakeland, shot a tournament total of 136 to secure the title by one stroke. In the first round, the duo recorded a 4-under par 68 to trail the leading team by one stroke. The Jones’ matched their first round score of 68 in the final round to move ahead and win the Mickey Mouse Championship Flight. First round leaders Bret and Bryce Voisin, of Orlando, fell to second place shooting a final round 70. The father and son team, who won the 2004 Parent-Child Championship, fired a 67 in the first round for a 137 total. Blase Sparma, of Sarasota, and Connie Malenick, of Naples, claimed the Donald Duck Championship Flight by three strokes. Sparma and Malenick posted similar scores of 72 to win the flight. In the Mickey Mouse First Flight, Jarrod and Steve Owen, of Vero Beach, and Mark Rutland and Mike Gardell, from Jacksonville, finished with a 146 total to share top honors in the flight as Forrest Heidel, of Lutz, and TJ Heidel, of Zephyrhills, won the Second Flight by one stroke. Carl Goff, of St. Joseph, and Phillip Goff, of Tampa, took first in the Donald Duck First Flight with rounds of 80-73 and Jim and Paul Demick, from Tampa, won the Second Flight shooting 84-77.
In the 10-12 Age Division, Brandon and Giles Meyer, of Lehigh, earned 57 points to win the division title by three. Tyler and Frank Strafaci, from Davie, gained 54 points to secure the 8-9 Age Division and Alex and Marc Johnson, from Tampa, emerged from a playoff to capture the 6-7 Age Division. Alex rolled in a 10-foot putt on the third playoff hole for the victory.
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 was 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 played 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 played 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 25 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.