South Leads by Three in Florida Cup
South Florida won four matches in the afternoon round to take the lead in the 6th Florida Cup Matches at The Fox Club in Palm City.
After the morning round of four-ball match play, the Matches were tied with each team earning four points. Each team won three matches and halved the other two. Playing foursome matches (alternate shot) in the afternoon round, the South team took the lead winning four matches and halving three matches for a three point advantage. Danny Germaine and Steve Sim gained a point for the South team winning their afternoon match 7 and 5. Germaine went undefeated for the day winning his morning match with partner Artie Scott. Bill O’Keefe and Michael Nealy also won their morning and afternoon matches for the South team. North team member Paul Royak was undefeated for the day winning the only afternoon match for the North team with partner Tim Hume. Royak and Patrick Olive earned a point for the North team in the morning matches winning 1 up.
Held every two years, the Florida Cup Matches vie 16 of the top amateurs from North Florida versus 16 of the top amateurs from South Florida. Using a Ryder-Cup format, the winner is determined by the number of points earned throughout the two days. Players are invited based on their performance from the previous two seasons. Some automatic selections are based on the FSGA two-year points standings. In 2005, North Florida won the Matches 17-15 to take the series lead at 3-2.
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. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.