September 24, 2000

Two Championships Decided Today

The Mid-Senior Four-Ball Northern championship was held at El Diablo Golf & Country Club, while the Southern championship was at Collier's Reserve Country Club in Naples.

John Fowler of Odessa and Wayne Rudzewicz of Tampa won the northern championship with a birdie on the first playoff hole. The duo along with three other teams had combined to shoot a two-day total of 134 three other teams who finished in a tie for second were defending champions Steve Dodson and David Anthony of Jacksonville (67-67); George Gavalas and Victor Gavalas of Tall (65-69); and Glen Davis of Orlando and Jim Byington of Winter Park (69-65).

At the southern championship, first round leaders Mark Puskarich of Winter Garden and Fred Stones of Orlando followed their first-round 65 with a 67 to win by three shots over a trio of teams. Standing in second place was Ft. Lauderdale's Steven Sim and Wellington’s Stephen Marotta (66-69); Winter Haven's Bruce Scamehorn and Auburndale's Tim O’Neil (67-68), and Miami Beach's Frank Strafaci and Ft. Lauderdale's Rick Woulfe (69-66).

The Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championships were amateur golfers over the age of 40. The competition used the four-ball stroke play format. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners with each playing their own ball. The lower score of the players is the score for the hole.

The championships were the 13th and 14th of 17 state championships conducted annually by the Florida State Golf Association. The FSGA was formed in 1913 to preserve, promote and protect amateur golf in the state.

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