June 02, 2001

Two Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championships Underway

The North Championship is being held at LPGA International while the South Championship is at PGA National.

Tampa's Doug LaCrosse and Joe Alfieri, who have won the last four state four-ball events they have entered, posted a 8-under par 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the North championship. Valrico's Bill Moore and Phil Johnson shot a 65, while four teams are at 6-under par 66. They are: Michael Dorsch (Longwood) and. Rod Bayliss (Lake Mary); Winter Park's David Boesel and Jack Richey; Randy Elliott (Winter Park) and Wes Paxson Jr. (Jacksonville); and Kelly Gosse (Inverness) and Steve Albright (Ocala).

Steve Earsley of Stuart and Vincent Cherrix of Pompano Beach combined to shoot a 10-under par 62 to take a four-stroke lead in the South championship, Eddie Escribano of Miami and Francis Deans of Pembroke Pines fired a 66, while the tandems of Lenny Loyd (Port St. Lucie)-Andy Johncke (Jupiter) and Len Lasinsky (Sarasota)-Charles Waiters Jr. (Sarasota) were five back at 67.

The Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championships are for amateur golfers over the age of 25. The competition uses four-ball stroke play format. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors played as partn ers with each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners was the score for the hole.

The championships are the third and fourth of 7 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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