August 03, 2003

Spears Duo Wins Parent-Child Championship

Andy and Rick Spears shot a 12-under par 132 to win the two-day Parent-Child Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Andy Spears, of Palm City, and Rick Spears, of Stuart, shot a 63-69 to win by 3 strokes. Scott and Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, were right behind the leaders shooting a 68-67, 135 total. The Scamehorn team claimed last year’s title shooting a 139.

Last year’s 10-11 Junior division winners, Scott and Diana Davis, of Pembroke Pines, played in this year’s regular division and came in first in their flight recording a 68-71, 139 total. The regular division was divided on Disney’s Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge courses and played 36 holes of modified alternate shot. The field was split based upon the combined handicaps of the teams and flighted after 18 holes. This year’s 10-11 Junior division title went to Shaun and Mark Peterson, of Longwood, as they finished with a total of 54 points, 27 points on each day. In the 6-9 age group, a three-way tie was decided after two playoff holes. Andrew and Brendon McCarthy, of Hope Sound, made par on the second playoff hole to claim the title with 49 points. The Junior division played 9 holes of modified alternate shot format using the Stableford scoring at the Oak Trail executive course.

Since 1997, the Walt Disney World Resort has hosted the Parent-Child Championship and it has become an annual event for many families. As the largest Florida State Golf Association administered event, this year’s Championship consisted of more than 290 competitors of all ages. This tournament is open to everyone, including grandparents who want to play with a grandchild and professionals who want to compete with their child or grandchild. There is no maximum age limitation for the parent or child.

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 20 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 39 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.

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