June 19, 2009

Hyman Wins Senior Match Play

Edward Craig takes homes the Super Senior division title.

Tom Hyman defeated Mark Rubin 2 and 1 to win the 4th Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club on June 14-18.

Before starting match play, Tom Hyman, of Tampa, earned the 3rd seed after posting a 71 in the seeding round. Hyman proceeded to win four matches to reserve his spot in the final match. In the Round of 32, Hyman beat Joseph Branconi, of Sarasota, 4 and 3 to face Michael Shiff, from Parkland, in the next round. Hyman beat Shiff 5 and 4 in the Round of 16. In the quarters, Hyman defeated Terry Swartz, of Davie, 2 and 1. In the semifinal, Hyman defeated John Darr, from Gainesville, by forfeit to advance to the final match versus Rubin. Hyman won his fifth and final match defeating Rubin 2 and 1. Hyman got off to a rough start in the Championship match losing the first hole due to a late to the tee penalty and followed that by losing the second hole. Hyman bounced back to play steady golf on the way in to prevail. En route to facing Hyman in the finals, Mark Rubin, beat Norman Swenson, of Boynton Beach 5 and 3 in the Round of 32. Rubin then defeated Rick Luzar, of Melbourne, 2 and 1 in the Round of 16. Rubin, of Miami Beach, won his next match by upsetting top seed and Defending Champion Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, 1 up in the quarterfinal, and followed that with a battle in the semis with Victor Lohman, of Ormond Beach prevailing in 21 holes. In the Senior Division First Flight, Michael Tiernan, from Delray Beach, defeated Bob Hinkle, of Tallahassee, 1 up.

In the Super Senior Championship Bracket, 3rd seed Edward Craig, of Orlando, beat Tommy Piazza, of Sarasota, 2 and 1 for the division title. Craig defeated Ron LeClair, of Orlando, 4 and 3 in the Round of 16 and then beat Ron Goldburg, of Delray Beach, 1 up in the quarters. Craig continued his run winning his semifinal match 2 and 1 against Jan Blick, of Palm Beach Gardens. Jim Applegate, from Palm City, defeated top seed William Freeman, of Boynton Beach, 4 and 3 to claim the Super Senior First Flight title.

To be eligible, players must have reached 55 years of age by June 14, 2008. All players traveling to Delray Dunes were guaranteed an 18-hole seeding round and at least one round of match play. After the 18-hole seeding round, the field of 72 (48 Seniors and 24 Super-Seniors) was seeded into two Senior Division flights of 32 players for the Championship Flight and 16 players for the first flight and two Super-Senior Division flights of 16 players in the Championship flight and 8 players in the first flight. Ultimately, there is a Senior Amateur Match Play Champion and a Super-Senior Amateur Match Play Champion.

For pairings, tee-times, 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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