April 27, 2012

Jack Nicklaus to Speak at 95th Amateur

The Bear's Club & The Loxahatchee Club to host the 95th Amateur

The Florida State Golf Association is proud to announce that 18 time major champion Jack Nicklaus will join the players at the 95th Amateur Championship for a question and answer session.  This players' only reception, will be on Wednesday, June 20th starting at 6 PM.  Mr. Nicklaus will speak on his amateur career, the state of the game of golf, and give you some insight on both of his magnificent golf facilities. The 95th Amateur Championship will be conducted from June 21-24, with entries closing on May 9th.

Jack Nicklaus has spent years searching for the perfect site to bring his dream to a reality.  The Bear's Club is the realization of The Golden Bear's decades-old vision of creating a golf club in his own South Florida backyard that reflects his passion for the game.  The Bear's Club was named to Travel & Leisure Golf's "America's Top 100 Golf Communities" in 2007 and is recognized as one of the world's elite private club experiences.  A number of the best PGA Tour players in the world call The Bear's Club home.

The Loxahatchee Club was created out of his love of the game of golf and follows in the tradition of the finest clubs in the country.  The course was designed as a "member's course," with the elements of the old Scottish game mingled with the finest characteristics of modern American golf.  Jack says that The Loxahatchee Club "is one of my most imaginative courses and certainly one of the best I have ever done."

From May 21 – June 6, the Florida State Golf Association will conduct 14 qualifying tournaments of 18 holes of stroke play for golfers trying to advance to the Amateur Championship. In the Championship, participants will play 18 holes each at The Bear’s Club and The Loxahatchee Club on June 21-22. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be played at The Bear’s Club on June 23-24. 

Defending Champion, Tyler McCumber, of Ponte Vedra Beach, won the Amateur Championship shooting a 72-74-68-71--285 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. McCumber, as well as other former State Amateur Champions, are exempt from the qualifying.
Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida.  Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

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