Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship
October 8-10, 2021
Round 1 - Friday
2010 & 2011 Mid-Amateur Champion Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound lead the way with a 66 (-4). He paired 6 birdies along with two bogeys. Brian Bassett, of Naples & Brandon Smith, of West Palm Beach, owned the morning wave, both opening with 67 (-3), and were joined in the afternoon by Matt Galloway, of Tampa & Jay Halverson, of Saint Petersburg. Halverson had the highlight the afternoon, making an ace on the par 3, 2nd!
Round 2 - Saturday
Mother Nature played more of a factor in Saturday's second round. Players in the AM wave faced the challenge of a passing shower around 10:30 AM that frustrated many for two to three holes, and a wind shift that brought blustery winds all afternoon gusting in the low twenties.
Brian Bassett (-5) takes the lead 36 holes, with birdies on #'s 15 & 16; while Charles Castellano, of Miami, sits one shot back with a bogey on #18 at -4. Brandon Smith, Ryan Prokay, of Bradenton & Spencer Provow, of Murfreesboro, TN, sit at -2, three behind, while round 1 leader, Stephen Anderson is at -1, alone in 6th. 2020 Mid-Amateur Player of the Year, Joey Latowski is at even-par, tied in 7th alongside, 2019 Champion Devon Hopkins, of Atlantic Beach and Blanton Farmer, of Bradenton.
The field was cut from 144 to the low 60 & ties after Saturday's second round. Exactly 60 players finished at nine over-par, 149, or better and would play Sunday morning.
Round 3 - Sunday
Sunday saw the wind blow again, bur out of a different direction than Saturday. Charles Castellano would cut into Brian Bassett's lead early, birding the 1st to tie it, then the 3rd hole to move to -6. Basset's bogey on 4, along with Castellano's eagle on the par 5, 5th, would see the lead grow to four strokes, as Castellano would reach -8 for the Championship, while Bassett was at -4.
An untimely drive on the par 4, 9th by Castellano would find the penalty area, and ultimately lead to a double-bogey, 6; shrinking the lead from 4 stroke to just 2. Another bogey on the challenging par 4, 11th saw it fall to just one stroke over the second round leader.
The par 3, 12th would bring a pivotal three shot swing and change all the momentum in the Championship. Castellano would convert for a birdie, 2, while Bassett faltered making a double-bogey; seeing Castellano's lead back up to four strokes.
While Bassett continued to struggle through the closing six holes, Castellano hit fairways and got on or around greens making six par's in the challenging conditions, to close with his third consecutive 68, and post the lowest round of the the on Sunday.
Blanton Farmer (72-68-69, 209) would birdie the 16th then close with two pars, and joined Spencer Provow (68-70-71, 209) at one under-par for the Championship, and tied for second. Ty Capps, of Palm Coast & Devin Hernandez, of Saint Petersburg would post the only other red numbers on Sunday, with 69's, when the scoring average was 74.9 for the field.
Coral Creek Club
The Tom Fazio design opened in 2001 and is located in Placida, just across from the Gasparilla Island Causeway. The course was fully renovated and re-grassed in the summer of 2020 and played just under 7,000 yards, par 70 for the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship. This was the fifth FSGA Championship at Coral Creek Club, and first Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The club hosted the Mid-Amateur Championship in 2008 & 2018, the Women's Amateur in 2016 and the Florida Cup in 2016.
The Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship is a great opportunity for golfers 25 years old and up to get away and compete in a highly competitive 54-hole championship for working men, without the rigor of competing against top junior and college golfers.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Round 1||6,838 yds. 74.9/144|
|Round 2||6,787 yds. 74.7/143|
|Round 3||6,921 yds. 75.1/145|
|Sunny & Hot Early, Overcast Late Afternoon||91 °F|
|Hot & Windy, Passing Shower||86 °F|
Format: 54 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: FSGA Adult Member at least 25 years of age
Handicap: Florida GHIN 7.0 or less
Entry Fee: $210
- 54 holes of individual gross stroke play (no handicaps)
- Maximum Field Size - 144 players
- The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after thirty-six holes
- Male amateur golfer, at least 25 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- Entrant is required to be an Adult Member of the FSGA and have an active Florida GHIN Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower
- Late entries will be accepted, first come, first served and subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Friday, October 8th
7:45 AM - 9:30 AM - Round one morning tee times off of tee #1 and #10
12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round one afternoon tee times off of tee #1 and #10
Saturday, October 9th
- 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM - Round two morning tee times off of tee #1 and #10
12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round two afternoon tee times off of tee #1 and #10
Field will be cut to low 60 players and ties after play finishes
Sunday, October 10th
- 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Round three tee times off of tee #1 and #10
- Complimentary Player's Lunch Buffet & Award Ceremony after play
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 FSGA Championships Committee reserves the right to hold the final 10 spots in the field until the close of entries for past champions of this event, current year champions of other events, and those in contention for end of the year points list honors.
The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,800 - 6,900 yards.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship. Practice rounds may be played after 12:00 PM on the weekend. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call 941-697-9100 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.
Carts are included for all competitive rounds. Players are responsible for practice round fees.
The 2020 Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rescheduling of the Mid-Amateur Championship to October. In 2019, Devon Hopkins captured the 11th Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in runaway fashion at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota. Hopkins, after opening with 73, rolled into the weekend on a mission as he shot a (-6) round of 66 on Saturday, to get within one stroke of the lead. He then followed up by a (-4) round of 68 to end the Championship. Turner finished with a three day total of 73-66-68--207 (-9), to win the 2019 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship by 4 strokes. Click here for the previous year's results.
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- 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. -Click here
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- 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.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
Next year's Amateur Match Play Championship
Next year's Florida Open Championship
Top three & ties
Next year's Amateur Championship
Next year's Mid-Amateur Championship
Coral Creek Club
13111 Gasparilla Road
Placida, FL 33496
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