June 01, 2008

Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Crowns a North & South Champion

Steve Carter and Andy Purnell recorded a final round 65 to win the North Championship as Bruce Scamehorn and Justin Heimer went wire-to-wire to capture the South Championship.

Steve Carter and Andy Purnell won the North Championship posting a tournament total of 131. Carter, of St. Augustine, and Purnell, from Jacksonville, carded a first round 66 to share the lead with two other teams.In the final round, the 2005 Four-Ball Champions came out strong and bettered their first round score by one to win the title by four strokes. Three teams shared second place honors at 135 including first round co-leaders David Anthony, from Jacksonville, and Ken Moody, of Ponte Vedra Beach. Duke Butler, from Ponte Vedra Beach, and Will Sprague, of Jacksonville, shot a 70-65 to tie for second place as the Jacksonville team of Mark Taylor and Tim Haug also finished at 135.  

In the South Championship, the Winter Haven duo of Bruce Scamehorn and Justin Heimer topped the field of 47 teams by three strokes. Scamehorn and Heimer fired a 10-under par 62 in the first round to take a two stroke leading heading into the final round of play. The pair again shot the low round of the day recording a 63 in the final round to win with a 125 total. This is Scamehorn’s seventh State title as he has won the 1992 Mid-Senior, 1993 Mid-Amateur, 1995 Match Play, 2002 Parent-Child, 2004 Senior Amateur and last year’s Senior Four-Ball Championship. Philip Meng and Dennis Postlewait, both of Orlando, posted a pair of 64’s for second place. Dan Beckman, of Temple Terrace, and Daniel Debra, of Wesley Chapel, claimed third place after moving up with a final round 64. The pair shot a 66 in the first round to finish at 130.

The Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championships are each 36 holes of four-ball stroke play. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. The field is flighted after 18 holes. To be eligible, players must be 25 years of age or older. 

For tee-times, pairings and 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. 

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