July 13, 2008

Forbess & Kennedy Win Four-Ball Championship

The team of Major Forbess and Chris Kennedy made birdie on the infamous 17th hole to clinch the 59th Florida State Four-Ball Championship at TPC Sawgrass on July 12-13.

Major Forbess, of Jacksonville, and Chris Kennedy, from Bradenton, posted a tournament total of 11-under par 133 to win the 2008 Championship. After a first round 67 on Dye’s Valley Course, the duo trailed the leading team by five strokes. Playing THE PLAYER’S Stadium Course in the final round, Forbess and Kennedy made seven birdies en route to carding a 32-34 for the low round of the day. Forbess drained a 40-foot birdie putt on the par 3, 137 yard 17th hole to secure the title by one stroke. Kennedy was last year’s Match Play runner up and finished in the top ten in this year’s Amateur Championship. Two teams shared second place honors including first round leaders Jonas DeWitte and Jason Guptill. DeWitte, of West Melbourne, and Guptill, from Rockledge, led after a first round 62 and finished with a 72 for a tie for second. Joe Tumlin, from Lithia, and Garrett Morrison, from Orlando, also finished with a tournament total of 134 recording a 65-69 for the two rounds. Morrison placed second in this year’s Amateur Championship.

From June 16-July 2, the Florida State Golf Association conducted eight qualifying tournaments for amateur golfers trying to advance to the Championship at TPC Sawgrass. In the Championship, players competed 18 holes each on the Valley and Stadium Course. 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. 

For pairings, tee-times and results, please visit 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 new 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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