August 10, 2003

Lamielle and Purnell in Match Play Finals

The Match Play Championship will have to wait until next Saturday, August 16 to crown a champion.

The Championship will feature Joe Lamielle versus Andy Purnell at Lone Palm Golf Course in Lakeland.

Lamielle, of Sarasota, advanced to the finals after defeating Michael Nealy, of Boca Raton, 1 up. In the quarterfinal match, Lamielle, who attends Florida Gulf Coast University, beat Brett Blondell, of Lakeland, 5 and 4. Purnell, of Jacksonville, will play in the Championship after he defeated Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, 2 and 1. Purnell first beat Kyle McCarthy, of South Pasadena, in 23 holes. Total, Purnell played and walked 40 holes in the two matches. Due to the wet conditions, competitors walked the course.

In the first flight, Chad Plothow, of Orlando, defeated Cap Caponi, also of Orlando, 2 and 1. A winner was not determined in the second flight with Matthew Avril, of Vero Beach, and Dan Beckman, of Temple Terrace. The third flight featured Jason Barber, of Clearwater, defeating Mike Powers, of Tampa, 2 and 1. The fourth flight had Brian McEntee, of Wellington, winning by forfeit over John Hofstetter, of Litha.

The Championship consisted of 96 players playing an 18-hole seeding round on Thursday, August 7 and advancing to match play on Friday, August 8. After the 18-hole seeding round, players were divided into five flights. The championship flight consisted of 32 players while four additional flights featured 16 players each. Ultimately, there will be a Match Play Champion and four separate flight winners. The final match will take place on Saturday, August 16 at 10:00 am at Lone Palm Golf Course in Lakeland.

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