December 7-8, 2018
The teams of Brent Dorman / David Griffin (Championship) & Rick Cloninger / Steve Riviere (Senior) capture the FSGA's first Foursomes Championship at Grand Cypress Resort - New Course
Brent Dorman / David Griffin (Championship Division) and Steve Riviere / Rick Cloninger (Senior Division)
Inaugural Foursomes Championship
- Grand Cypress Resort - New Course - Orlando
- Yardages & Rating
- Championship Division – 6,773 yds. 71.9/121
- Senior Division – 6,322 yds. 70.2/115
- Round 1 – 71 degrees, cool start, light breeze
- Round 2 – high of 74, not a cloud in the sky
Foursomes is a form of play that American's most commonly relate to the Ryder Cup Matches. A two person team will have one member tee off on odd holes, while the other partner tees off on even holes. The players then alternate shots until the ball is hold. Teams were able to compete in the Championship Division or Senior Division (both players age 55 or older).
Championship Division Recap
Round 1 saw the team of Duke Butler / Len Schoenfeld jump out to a one stroke lead with an opening 69 (-3), with a round that included birdies and three bogies. Three other teams posted under par rounds - Riley Goss / Collin Warren (70), Brent Dorman / David Griffin (70), and Darin Green / Jon Veneziano (71) to head into Saturday's final round in the hunt.
The Butler / Schoenfeld team did not hold the lead long, going out in six over par on the front nine, they were quickly behind the eight ball. Even coming home in 33 (-3) to post a second round 75, and finishing the Championship even par, they would fall to 4th.
Playing together, the teams of Dorman / Griffin and Goss / Warren would be neck and neck on the whole day. Tied through 15, Goss and Riley fell one behind with a bogey on the par 3, 16th, then quickly recovered birding the par 5, 17th. On 18, all tied, Brent Dorman would wedge his approach inside 10 feet below the hole, and David Griffin would convert for birdie, while Goss / Warren made par.
Senior Division Recap
The team of Walter Himelsbaugh / Kevin Macy shot out to a one stroke lead over Edward Parnell / Chip Peterson in the first round with an opening 72 (E). K C Fox / Ray Wenck were three off the path with an opening 75 (+3), while Rick Cloninger / Steve Riviere opened with 76 to sit four back.
Round two presented some increible scoring in the Senior Division. Playing in the final three-ball, Parnell / Peterson (70, -2) & Fox / Wenck (67, -5) quickly lapped Himelsbaugh / Macy (76 +4) to put Fox / Wenck on top of the board. However, they would be surprised by the pairing behind where Cloninger / Riviere posted 8 birdies and stayed bogey free, for a 64 (-8) to come from behind and be victorious by two strokes.
2nd Foursomes Championship
Grand Cypress Resort - New Course
Friday, December 13 - Saturday, December 14, 2019
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Championship Division||6,773 yds. 71.9/121|
|Senior Division||6,322 yds. 70.2/115|
|Light Breeze||71 °F|
The inaugural Foursomes Championship will not only test the skill but also the patience of each team in this fun and challenging format while navigating the Jack Nicklaus designed Grand Cypress Golf Club's New Course. The links style layout pays homage to the birthplace of golf; the renowned Old Course at St. Andrews. The traditional links design also features more than 150 bunkers, stone walls, and elevated tees. The greens are elevated as well and additionally, there are several enormous double greens.
Teams of all ages are welcome to compete in the inaugural event, as Champions and prizes will be awarded for both the Championship Division (amateurs of any age) and Senior Division (teams of amateurs, both players age 55 and older)
- 36 holes of gross foursomes stroke play (no handicaps; pure alternate shot)
- The lowest team score for 36 holes will be the Champion
- Two divisions - Championship and Senior divisions
What is Foursomes? A foursome is a two person team event where one team member tees off on the odd holes and the other partner tees off on the even holes. The single ball in play is then played alternately into the hole by the team partners.
Championship Field Size
- Maximum of 78 teams - 156 players
- Male amateur golfers
- Both entrants are required to be members of the FSGA
- Senior Division only - both team members must be at least 55 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- $250 per team GHIN or Foundation Members
- $270 per team Non-GHIN
Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available.
The golf course will be set-up at approximately
- Championship Division - 6,700 - 7,000 yards
- Senior Division - 6,200 - 6,500 yards
- Championship - two person teams of male amateurs of any age
- Senior - two person teams of male amateurs 55 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
A mixed team (player over 55 and a player under 55 may compete together but both players must play from the Championship tees and compete in the Championship Division.
Schedule of Events
Friday, December 7th
- 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM - Round One tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
- 8:00 AM - Shotgun start
- Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play
After 18 holes, the number of flights will be based on the number of teams and the range of scores.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship on a space available basis. Practice rounds may be played after 12:00 PM on the weekend. The price for a practice round is $45.00 + tax per player. Please call 407-239-1909 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
- Next year's Four-Ball Championship (Championship Division Champion Only)
- Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
- Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. However, a player must not use a parent, step-parent or guardian as a caddie. The caddie MUST walk and the player's clubs must remain on the golf cart.
- Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
- Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - Click here.
- Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
- Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
- Conditions/ Schedule - 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.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
Due to the number, personal preference, vacation clubs and popularity of hotels in the Orlando area, there is no host hotel for this event.
Grand Cypress Golf Club accepts cash, Visa/MasterCard/American Express
Grand Cypress Golf Club
One North Jacaranda Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32836