August 12, 2000

Former Champion Advances to Finals

Steven Sim, the 1998 champion, has once again advanced to the final with two victories on Saturday.

Sim will face Palmetto's Justin Hoagland in an 18-hole final match Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. The championship field of 32 was narrowed to eight Friday, and then down to two Saturday.

Sim qualified as the third seed by posting a 3-under par 69 during the Thursday seeding round. He then quickly disposed of his first two opponents on Friday. In his morning round on Saturday, Sim defeated former FSGA President Frank Strafaci, 2 and 1. He then ended the lower bracket semifinal match versus Temple Terrace's Takumi Yoshimoto on the 13th hole. Hoagland, a 20-year old who plays for the College of William and Mary's golf team, advanced to the final after defeating Weston's Doug Ritter, 2 and 1, in the semifinal match.

Hoagland had qualified as the 12th seed with an even-par 72. He won his first-round match, 1-up, and then won 3 and 1 in the second round. In the quarterfinals he defeated Palm City's Bill Harvey, 2 and 1. Harvey had defeated the 4th seed, Brendan Heslin of West Palm Beach, 1-up in the 2nd round.

The finals for three other flights will also occur Sunday morning. In the first flight, Tampa's John Lively will face Boca Raton's Mitchell Hantman. Royal Palm Beach's Jeff Sleek will face Tequesta's Jim Mansfield in the final match for the second flight, and Viera's Dan Deppen faces Tampa's Dan Beckman in the third flight final's match.

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