October 05, 2003

Konkus Wins Mid-Amateur Title

Ryan Konkus won his final match on the 18th hole to be crowned the 2003 Mid-Amateur Champion.

The final match featured Ryan Konkus, of Hobe Sound, versus Peter Dachisen, of Wesley Chapel. Dachisen jumped out to an early lead after going 2 up after three holes. Konkus, who is a three-time Palm Beach County Golf Association Mid-Amateur Champion, sank a 50 foot birdie putt on hole #4 to go 1 down. Dachisen remained 1 up as both competitors made birdie on the 199 yard, par 3, 8th hole. Konkus won hole #12 to square the match and went 1 up after hole #14. He was then 2 up after hole #16 with only two holes to play. Dachisen made birdie on hole #17 to be only one down going into the 18th hole. Konkus saved par with an excellent bunker shot six inches from the hole as Dachisen missed a chip-in for birdie to square the match resulting in Konkus defeating Dachisen 1 up.

In the semifinals Konkus defeated Mark Leetzow, of Sarasota, 2 and 1. Konkus beat two past Florida State Mid-Amateur Champions in this event, David Anthony, the 2002 Champion and Leetzow, the 1998 Mid-Amateur Champion. In the other semifinal match, Dachisen defeated Michael Nealy, of Boca Raton, 2 and 1. Nealy was the medalist after the stroke play qualifying rounds the first two days of the Championship. All semifinalists receive exempt status into next year’s Florida State Mid-Amateur Championship.

After nine qualifiers across the state, 90 players advanced to the Championship at Emerald Dunes. The Championship consisted of 36-holes of stroke play qualifying over the first two days with the lowest 16 advancing to the match play on Saturday and Sunday.

To be eligible for the State Mid-Amateur, participants must be 25 years of age or older as of October 2, 2003. More than 220 players competed in the nine qualifiers in an 18-hole stroke play format to attempt to advance to the Championship.

To view complete results, please log on to 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 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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