Mid-Amateur Championship

Mountain Lake - Lake Wales
October 10-14, 2013

Veneziano Captures 32nd Mid-Amateur Title

Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, defeated Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, in the final match to claim the Player-of-the-Year title and win the 32nd Florida State Mid-Amateur Championship held at the historic Mountain Lake Golf Club in Lake Wales, on October 10-14.

Veneziano who earned the number 10 seed in the stroke play portion of the event, made quick work of Stevenson Clarke, of West Palm Beach, in the Round of 32, by defeating him 5 and 4. Veneziano then needed extra holes to oust Ken Palladino, of Dunedin, earning the victory in 19 holes. Playing Sunday morning, Veneziano would then defeat Davidde Giordano, of Jupiter, 3 and 2, and then Robert Bechtol, of Tallahassee, 2 and 1, to set up his final match against Hudgens.

In the final match, Veneziano held the lead until the very end. Both players started out with pars on holes 1 and 2, but with two back-to-back birdies on holes 3 and 4  along with a par on hole 5, Veneziano went 3 up through 5. Hudgens made his first birdie of the day on 6, closing Veneziano's lead to 2. A bogie for Hudgens on the par-3 9th hole left Veneziano 3 up at the turn. Hudgens began his comeback as he went on to win holes 13 and 14 with pars and tied the 15th with a birdie, leaving Veneziano only 1 up through 15. With two holes to play, Veneziano birdied the par 3 17th to Hudgens' par to win 2 & 1. Veneziano also qualified and made it to the Round of 32 matches in the US Mid-Amateur that was held last week.

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Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Black 6,677 yds.

Par: 70

Weather Information

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Sunny Perfect 88 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Joe Alfieri II 66 67 133 0
T2 Christian Vozza 65 69 134 0
T2 Michael Connors 69 65 134 0
T4 Daniel DeBra 68 69 137 0
T4 Ken Moody 66 71 137 0
T4 Wayne Raath 68 69 137 0
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Entries Close Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mountain Lake Country Club, located in the heart of the state, is the definition of hidden gem.  Located in Lake Wales, Mountain Lake is accessible from just about anywhere in the state.  It is an extremely private and prestigious golf course with a rich history.  Mountain Lake is continually ranked as one of the top courses in Florida by all major publications and is always in phenomenal condition.

Due to the lack of golf carts at Mountain Lake, this year's Championship will be walking and the finals will take place on Monday, October 14. Push carts are allowed.


Male amateurs must be age 25 or older as of October 10, 2013, and be a member of the FSGA.

Entry Fee

$75 ($85 - members who do not have an active FSGA/GHIN Handicap). Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field. Qualifying Fee includes Entry Fee and cart fee. Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $125 online at www.FSGA.org under the "My Account" section, which can be located in the top right hand corner of the web-page.  Payment must be received by Thursday, October 3rd by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.

To pre-register online:

  • Log on to the FSGA website at www.fsga.org using your email address and password
  • Click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the homepage
  • Under "My Tournaments", click on the "Pre-Register" button to the right of the tournament name
  • Enter your credit card information and then click the "Charge My Card" button on the bottom right hand corner of the page

Exempt Players Fee

$175 ($185 - members who do not have an active FSGA/GHIN Handicap). Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption. (See below)


36 Holes of individual stroke play; 18 each on Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th to identify the low 32 for match play.  There will be a hole by hole play-off to determine the last qualifier's place in the Championship immediately.  All other ties for seeds will be broken randomly.  The match play round of 32 will begin Saturday morning. The match play round of 16 will be played on Saturday afternoon, with the quarter-finals on Sunday morning. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday afternoon. The Championship match will be played on Monday morning.

Championship Field Size

84 players

Course Set-Up

The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,800-7,100 yards.


Qualifying rounds are 18 holes stroke play at eight different qualifying sites.  During qualifying, each player must use a golf cart.  Caddies are acceptable, but he/she may not ride in a golf cart or carry the player's clubs.  Players are responsible for cart fees for all practice rounds.

Qualifying Sites - Click here

Defending Champions

Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, defeated Daniel Debra, of Lutz, 2 & 1 to win the Championship at John's Island West in Vero Beach.

Practice Round Cart Fees

Players are responsible for practice round cart fees at qualifying sites.

Championship Practice Rounds and Practice Facilities

Practice rounds are available on Monday through Wednesday of Championship week. October 7th through 9th. All players must walk during practice rounds.

The cost of a practice round is $30 plus tax.  Starting times for your practice round can be arranged by calling the club.  You may not make your practice tee time before groupings are made.  Groupings will be made shortly after the final qualifier and faxed to the club, September 27th. Mountain Lake Country Club's telephone number is (863) 679-2420.


Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption provided they meet all entry and eligibility requirements.

  • Last five year's Mid-Amateur Champions

  • Last year's Mid-Amateur Championship semifinalists

  • Last five year's Amateur Champions

  • Current year's top five & tied Amateur Championship finishers

  • Current year's Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion

  • Current year's Senior Amateur Champion

  • Current year's Amateur Public Links Champion

  • Current year's Amateur Match Play Champion

  • Current year's Mid-Senior Champion

  • Current year's Florida Open Low Amateur

  • Current year's final Winter Series

  • Senior (55-64) Points leader

  • Players qualifying for the current year's US Mid-Amateur Championship

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament


  • Next five Mid-Amateur Championships
  • Next three Amateur Championships
  • Next three Amateur Match Play Championships
  • Next year's Florida Open


  • Next year's Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Next year's Amateur Championship
  • Next year's Amateur Match Play Championship

Players making match play

  • Next year's Senior Amateur Championship

Championship Pace of Play

Click here to read the Championship Pace of Play Policy.

Hard Card; Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions

Click here to read the Hard Card and additional Conditions of Competitions.

Championship Policies

Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, caddie and spectator and other policies.

Alternate Information

Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into the Championship.

Conditions; Schedules

The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules.  The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.


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Mountain Lake Country Club
2300 N. Scenic Hwy
Lake Wales, FL 33898
(863) 679-2420

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