Amateur Championship

The Bear's Club - Jupiter
June 21-24, 2012

Seiffert Outlasts Field at the 95th Amateur 

Chase Seiffert wins the 95th Florida State Amateur Championship firing a tournament total of 1-under par 287 at The Bear’s Club and The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, on June 21-24.

Chase Seiffert, of Panama City, prevailed over the field of 168 players to capture the 95th Florida State Amateur Championship.  In the first round, Seiffert grabbed a share of the lead after his impressive four-under par 68 at The Loxahatchee Club, and followed up with a second round one-over par 73 at The Bear’s Club to sit a three-under par for the championship and just one shot off the lead. Seiffert regained a share of the lead with Joe Alfieri, of Lutz, after his third round of one-over par 73 for a 54-hole total of two-under par 214. Full Story

Round 3 Full Story

Round 2 Full Story

Round 1 Full Story

Nicklaus Dinner Recap

Amateur Field Set. Full Story

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
The Bear's Club 7,146 yds. 75.2 / 153
The Loxahatchee Club 7,147 yds. 74.7 / 140

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Breezy 90 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Total Score Points
1 Chase Seiffert 68 73 73 73 287 8000
2 Joe Alfieri 73 67 74 77 291 5600
3 J D Tomlinson 78 68 74 74 294 4000
T4 Brant Peaper 75 70 71 79 295 2800
T4 Chase Marinell 72 73 74 76 295 2800
T4 Philip Knowles 74 75 75 71 295 2800
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Original Championship Announcement & Information

Entries Close Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Bear's Club is the realization of Jack's decades-old vision of creating a golf club in his own South Florida backyard that reflects his passion for the game. The course is covered with old pines and palmettos. There is a 12-foot-high sand ridge running across the site. Jack enhanced it and added a couple of others that look equally natural. He integrated the design into the environment by retaining native brush wherever possible, separated from playing areas by transition areas of sand and pine straw. It has hi

gh-banked bunkers with a special sand brought in from Ohio; it won't wash out in a rain shower.

The Loxahatchee Club was created out of the love of the game of golf and follows in the tradition of the finest clubs in the country. Jack Nicklaus designed the course as a "members' course," with flavorings of the olde Scottish game mingled with the finest characteristics of modern American golf. The course was selected as the best new course by Golf Digest which also rated Loxahatchee in 1989 as one of the top 100 courses in North America.


Open to amateur golfers who must be (1) a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least 4 months per year, have otherwise established legal residency or graduated from a Florida high school and presently attending an out-of-state college); or (2) a military personnel or a dependent of a military personnel based in Florida on active duty.

Handicap Limit

Must have a handicap no higher than 11.4.

Entry Fee

$115 ($125 - players who do not have an active FSGA/GHIN Handicap). Qualifying Fee includes Entry Fee and cart fee.

Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $135 either online at the FSGA website at or by check to the FSGA office for advance payment of Championship Fees. Payment must be received by Friday, June 15 by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship. Championship Fee includes cart fees for all competitive rounds.

Exempt Player's Fee

$210 ($220 - players 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)

Championship Format

Seventy-two holes of individual stroke play. All players play eighteen holes each at The Bear's Club and The Loxahatchee Club on Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 22nd. The field will be cut to the low seventy and ties after thirty-six holes. The final thirty-six holes will be played at The Bear's Club. The lowest score for 72 holes will be the Champion. If necessary, there will be a three hole aggregate score play-off for the championship. If the play-off results in a tie, play will immediately continue, hole by hole. It is the player's responsibility to be present for any playoff.

Championship Field Size

168 players

Local Qualifying

18 holes stroke play at 14 local 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 Champion

Tyler McCumber, of Ponte Vedra Beach, won the Amateur Championship shooting a 72-74-68-71--285 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. 


During qualifying and the Championship proper, each player must use a golf cart which is included in the qualifying and championship entry fees.

Qualifying Practice Round Cart Fees

Players must pay for practice round cart fees at qualifying sites and at the Championship.

Championship Practice Rounds and Practice Facility

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship on a space available basis at each facility.  Practice rounds are restricted to after 12:00 PM on the weekend prior to the Championship.

All players must take a cart.  The cost of the practice round, including range balls and cart, is $40 plus tax at both clubs. Players are allowed one practice round per course. Only exempt and qualifying participants may play practice rounds. Alternates are not extended practice privileges.

Starting times for your practice round can be arranged by calling host facilities.

  • The Bear's Club telephone number is (561) 721-2080.
  • The Loxahatchee Club telephone number is (561) 744-5533  

You may not make your practice round tee time before qualifying is completed. Weather permitting, qualifying concludes on Wednesday, June 6th. A list of players will be faxed to the club following the conclusion of qualifying.

Players will be allowed to use the practice facilities after their practice round on Tuesday & Wednesday and after each competitive round.


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

  • Previous Amateur Champions
  • Top 15 & tied from last year's Amateur Championship
  • Top 20 & tied from last year's final Player of the Year Points List
  • Last year's Boys Junior Champion (16-18 age division)
  • Last year's Boys Junior Champion (13-15 age division)
  • Last year's Amateur Match Play Champion
  • Current year's Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • Current year's Amateur Public Links Champion
  • Last year's Mid-Senior Champion
  • Current year's Senior Amateur Champion (Senior Division)
  • Last three year's Mid-Amateur Champions
  • Last year's Mid-Amateur Semifinalists
  • Last year's Florida Open Low Amateur
  • Last year's Junior Player of the Year 
  • Current year's final Winter Series Mid-Senior (40-54) Points leader
  • Last year's FHSAA Boys Class 1A Individual Champion
  • Last year's FHSAA Boys Class 2A Individual Champion

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 Procedures

Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into either qualifying for the Championship or into the Championship proper.


Please click on the hotel icon for hotels in the Jupiter area.

Spectators and Caddies

Spectators and caddies are always welcome at FSGA Championships. Only players are allowed to ride in carts.  If a player employs a caddie, the caddie MUST walk and the player's clubs must remain on the golf cart. 

On-Site Registration

There will a registration table set up at The Bear's Club to pick up your tee gift and player information the day before the Championship from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. This is NOT a mandatory registration. Tee gifts and player information will be available for pick up before the competitive rounds for players not playing a practice round on Wednesday. If we have received your payment for your Championship Fee by Friday, June 15th you have pre-registered for the Championship.

Remember that you are guests of The Bear's Club and The Loxahatchee Club . Entries are subject to rejection or withdrawal at any time (including during the event). The reason for withdrawal may include improper attire and/or unbecoming conduct.

Method of Payment

The Bear's Club and The Loxahatchee Club accepts cash, Visa/MasterCard for payment.


The Bear's Club
250 Bear's Club Drive
Jupiter, Florida  33477

The Loxahatchee Club
1350 Echo Drive
Jupiter, Florida 33458

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