39th Mid-Amateur Championship

Mayacoo Lakes Country Club - West Palm Beach
October 9-11, 2020

Latowski Finds Redemption at Mid-Amateur

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – One year after losing in the Finals of the Mid-Amateur, it was Joey Latowski who was left standing at the 39th Mid-Amateur Championship on Sunday at Mayacoo Lake Country Club.

“I’d say it’s a little bit of validation,” Latowski said. “I felt like last year, I sort of lost that one a bit. So to win this one, I definitely feel like more validation more than anything. I’ve been playing well lately, so just carried that over. All the hard work is starting to show.”

In last year’s Mid-Amateur, Latowski fell to TJ Shuart in the Finals after 21 holes at Quail Valley Golf Club. But this week, it was Latowski who raised the trophy. The Port Saint Lucie used an 8-under 205 for the championship to capture his first FSGA championship victory. 

Latowski began the championship on Friday with a bogey-free front nine, finishing the day with a 2-under 69. He finished the day in a tie for second with Robbie Wight and Scott Turner, one shot behind the first-round leader, Matt Kleinrock.

“I tried not to think about last year too much,” Latowski said. “There was probably a little extra motivation coming into this week. The course suited me, so I felt like I could play well.”

Kleinrock, a Jacksonville native, used a bogey-free first round, with three birdies, to take the first-round lead at 3-under 68. Only eight player posted under-par rounds on Friday.

Latowski used a second-round 67 to move to the top of the leaderboard at 6-under 136. After a birdie to start the day, he birdied four of his final five holes to close out the front side. Latowski finished the day with an even-par back nine to fire a 67 and secure the 36-hole lead. Gabriel Vanososte also made the most of moving day on Saturday, carding a 4-under 67 to move into second place at 3-under.

Beginning the final round with a three-shot lead, Latowski ran into some trouble to start the day with back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth. He bounced back quickly with a birdie on the sixth and played the rest Latowski of the front nine at even par.

He continued the strong play on the back side, playing the first four holes at 3-under with a birdie on the 10th and an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

“I didn’t watch the leaderboard at all throughout the day,” Latowski said. “With the eagle on the 13th, I felt like from there, I would have had to really play bad coming down the stretch to give it away.”

Latowski carded a final-round 69 to secure the six-shot victory at Mayacoo Lakes.

Vanososte and Blanton Farmer finished the weekend in a tie for second place at 2-under 211. Vanososte finished the championship with an one over-par 72 on Sunday to earn a share of second place. Farmer used two under-par rounds on the weekend (68-70) to secure the runner-up finish.

Latowski, Vanososte and Farmer were the only players in the field to finish the champion under par, while Latowski was the only player to post three under-par rounds.

Kleinrock, the first-round leader, took home a fourth-place finish at 1-over 214, while Turner and Marc France finished tied for fifth at 2-over 215.

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Mid-Amateur 6,800 yds. 74.2 / 150

Par: 71

Weather Information

Description Temp
Windy Warm and Breezy 88 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Total Score Points
1 Joseph Latowski 69 67 69 0 205 5000
T2 Blanton Farmer 73 68 70 0 211 3000
T2 Gabriel Vanososte 72 67 72 0 211 3000
4 Matt Kleinrock 68 73 73 0 214 2000
T5 Scott Turner 69 73 73 0 215 1625
T5 Marc France 72 69 74 0 215 1625
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Tournament Summary

Format54-holes of gross stroke play, cut to low 60 and ties

Eligibility FSGA Member at least 25 years of age

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 7.0 or less

Entry Fees:  Qualifying - $85 |  Exempt - $245

Qualifying:  Six local qualifying sites

Exempt Players

Schedule of Events

Past Results 

Championship Format

  • 54-holes of individual gross stroke play.
  • Low 60 scores and ties after round 2 advance to final day.
  • Championship Field Size - 144 players

Eligibility 

  • Male amateur golfer at least 25 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • Entrant is required to be an FSGA Adult Member with Florida GHIN of 7.0 or below

Entry Fees

Qualifying Fee Championship Fee  Exempt Fee
$85.00 $220.00 $245.00
  • Qualifying Fee: Qualifying fee includes entry fee and cart fee.
  • Championship Fee: Fee paid by those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying. Includes tee gifts, course fees, lunch and range balls for each competitive round.
  • Exempt Fee: Exempt Fee includes Championship fee and entry fee for those individuals eligible for exemption.

Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 8th

  • After 9:00 AM - Practice rounds available
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Player Registration

Friday, October 9th

  • 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM - AM Wave off 1st & 10th tees
  • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM - Complimentary lunch buffet for competitors - not offered due to COVID
  • 12:30 PM - 2:10 PM - PM Wave off 1st & 10th tees

Saturday, October 10th

  • 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM - AM Wave off 1st & 10th tees
  • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM - Complimentary lunch buffet for competitors - not offered due to COVID
  • 12:30 PM - 2:10 PM - PM Wave off 1st & 10th tees
  • Field cut to low 60 & ties after two rounds

Sunday, October 11th

  • 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM - Final Round off 1st & 10th Tees
  • Approximately 1:45 PM - Awards Presentation & gift certificates for top 20 & ties available in golf shop

Pre-Registration 

Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $220 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 Friday, October 2nd by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.

To Pre-Register:

  • 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

Refunds, Notice of Withdrawals

Qualifying Entry Fees - Requests for qualifying entry refunds received prior to entry closing date will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). Requests received after the closing date will be honored (less 50% of entry fee). No requests will be honored within two days of the scheduled start date of the qualifier.

Championship Fees & Exempt Entry Fees - Requests for refunds of Exempt or Championship fees prior to the pre-registration deadline will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). No requests will be honored after the pre-registration deadline (See pre-registration date displayed on this page).

Course Set-Up

The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,800-6,900 yards.

Local Qualifying

  • 18 holes of individual stroke play at six qualifying sites. 
  • During qualifying, each player must use a golf cart. 
  • Players are responsible for cart fees for all practice rounds.

Defending Champion

TJ Shuart, of Fort Lauderdale defeated Joey Latowski; 21 holes, in a back and forth final at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach. Shuart, now a two-time Mid-Amateur Champion, forced extra holes with a critical birdie on 18 after having trailed 2 down, with 2 holes to play. Click here for the previous year's results. 

Championship Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis.  The cost of your first practice round is $33 plus tax. Please call (561) 793-1700 to arrange your practice round. Accepted forms of payment in the Golf Shop are American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament

Winner

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

Top 5 & ties

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

Top 30 & ties

  • Next year's Senior Amateur Championship

Other Policies

  • 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 Terms of the 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

TBD

Directions

Mayacoo Lakes Country Club
9697 Mayacoo Club Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
561-793-1700

Click here for directions

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