Round of 16 Now Complete
In the Round of 32, Tommy Parker, of Palm Beach, defeated Judson Eustaquio, from Lake Worth, 2 and 1 to advance to the Round of 16. Parker earned the 33rd seed after posting a 76 in the seeding round and beat Sam Rosati, from Oldsmar, 4 and 2 in the first round of match play. Parker next faces Eric Beringer, from Delray Beach, in the Round of 16 Saturday morning. University of Florida golfer Tyson Alexander, of Gainesville, the second seed, continues his run winning his second match 5 and 4. Third seed Chris Kennedy, of Bradenton, edged out the 2003 Match Play Champion Andy Purnell, of Jacksonville, in 19 holes in the first round and went on to win his second match 5 and 4. Kennedy next faces Chris Condello, of Heathrow. In June, Condello advanced from US Open Sectional Qualifying to compete in the 107th US Open Championship. Kevin Aylwin, of New Smyrna Beach, knocked off Defending Champion Cameron Knight, of Dade City, 2 up. Aylwin is attempting for a third State Championship after winning the Public Links Championship and Junior Match Play Championship this year. The 2005 Mid-Amateur and 2006 Public Links Champion Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, also won his first two matches to advance to the Round of 16.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted this year. In the qualifying, players competed in 18 holes of stroke play in hopes of reaching the Championship at Sawgrass. The Match Play Championship begins with an 18-hole seeding round to seed the 64 player field. Single elimination match play follows to determine the Match Play Champion.
To view tee times, pairings, 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.