June 21-24, 2018
Lench Captures his 2nd Amateur Championship in Play-Off
The picturesque yet challenging Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club and the immaculate Concession Golf Club in Bradenton hosted the prestigious 101st Amateur Championship! After 14 qualifying events across the state and earned exemptions, 168 of the best Florida amateur golfers teed it up for 36 holes of stroke play before the field was cut to the low 70 players. The competitors would play one round at both The Concession Golf Club and the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club before determining who would advance to the final two rounds.
Three players took the early lead tied for first at 67 (-5), playing the first round at Ritz-Carlton. 2018 Mid-Amateur Champion, Marc Dull, back to back Boys’ Junior Champion, Fred Biondi, and Corey Carlson stood ready at the top to play Concession in round two. The only player to score under-par at The Concession with a 70 (-2) was Tyler Wilkes, another past Boys’ Junior Champion. Wilkes, of Tampa, finished round one tied for fourth place with another familiar name, Chip Brooke, who is currently third on the FSGA points list.
Marc Dull broke free from the tie for the lead with a second round 72 at The Concession Club for a 139 (-5). Dull took the lead heading into the final two rounds by one stroke over Fred Biondi who post a second round 73. Past Champion Gabriel Lench lurked close behind at 143 (-1) along with Tyler Wilkes who carded a second round 73. The field was cut to 71 players at 144 (+10) or better ready for tough competition the final two days.
Saturday’s third round saw Marc Dull lead by three strokes over past Champion, Gabriel Lench, Joe Alfieri, and Michael Sakane. At one point during the round, Dull advanced to a six stroke lead with four holes remaining. Dull bogeyed holes 15, 16 and 18 to fall to a third stroke lead with a round three 74. Despite a double-bogey on the 13th hole, Lench played solid golf making four birdies on the day for a 73. Lench is fighting for his second Amateur Championship win after his win in 2014. Four-time Amateur player of the year, Joe Alfieri, posted four birdies in the final nine holes to tie for second alongside Michael Sakae, of Jacksonville, who is participating with the FSGA for the first time.
Dull got off to a rocky start during the final round as he was vying for his first Amateur Championship victory. On his front nine, Dull made four bogies and a double-bogey to make the turn four-over par as Lench chased close behind. Lench started with a steady front nine making one birdie and one bogey to turn at even par. Never once taking his foot off of the accelerator, Dull carded four birdies and five pars in his final nine holes to finish with an even par 72. Meanwhile, Lench continued to close Dull’s lead with three birdies on the back nine for a final round 69. Lench and Dull finished the 101st Amateur Championship tied for the lead at 285 (-3). Ben Reichert, of Tampa, finished in the top three with consistent rounds of 72-73-72-72—289 (+1). Joe Alfieri fell to tie Tyler Wilkes and David Morgan for fourth place.
Inclement weather rolled through the Bradenton area causing Lench and Dull to sit on their tied lead for a two hour and 30 minute delay. After the weather passed, the two went head to head in a sudden death playoff to determine who would hoist the trophy! On the second playoff hole Gabriel two-putted for par while Marc three-putted from 70 feet for bogey. Lench earned his second Amateur Championship victory in the past four years!
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Concession||7,370 yds. 76.7 / 153|
|Ritz-Carlton||7,310 yds. 75.5 / 132|
|Hot and Humid||92 °F|
The Florida State Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in the country. This year the Amateur will head to The Concession Golf Club and Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Bradenton. The Concession Golf Club is an immaculate golf course designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. The Concession Golf Club hosted the 2015 NCAA Division I Championship and will host the Concession Cup this April when Team USA faces off against the team from Great Britain and Ireland.
Located on tropical landscape, the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club offers a picturesque yet challenging golf experience. The Amateur Championship has a rich history dating back to 1913 with A.C. Ulmer winning the first of four titles. Other past champions include: Carl Dann Jr. (5 time champion & Hall of Fame inductee), Don Bisplinghoff (4 time champion & Hall of Fame inductee), Bob Murphy, Doug Sanders, Gary Koch, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and Blayne Barber. Click here for the 2017 tournament results.
- 72 holes of individual gross stroke play
- All players play 18 holes at The Concession Golf Club and 18 holes at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club before the 36-hole cut
- The field is split between the two courses for round one and switch courses for round two
- The field is cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes
- The final 36 holes will be played at The Concession Golf Club
If necessary, there will be a hole-by-hole "sudden death" play-off for the Championship. It is the player's responsibility to be present for any playoff.
Championship Field Size
Maximum of 168 players
- Amateur golfer
- Florida Resident
- A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 11.4
- May 21 - Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Ocala
- May 21 - Lakewood National Golf Club, Bradenton
- May 22 - King & Bear - World Golf Village, St. Augustine
- May 24 - Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club, Naples
- May 30 - Disney's Palm Course, Lake Buena Vista
- May 30 - Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Club, West Palm Beach
- May 31 - TPC Tampa Bay, Tampa
- May 31 - Monarch Country Club, Palm City
- June 4 - Heathrow Country Club, Heathrow
- June 4 - Indian River Club, Vero Beach
- June 6 - Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee
- June 7 - The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland
- June 8 - Emerald Bay Golf Club, Destin
- June 11 - Fort Lauderdale Country Club, Fort Lauderdale
|Qualifying Fee||Championship Fee|| Exempt Fee
- Qualifying Fee: Qualifying Fee includes entry fee, range balls, and any course and cart fee for the qualifying round.
- Championship Fee: Fee paid by those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying. Includes tee gifts and gift certificates, range balls and any course and cart fees for competitive rounds.
- Exempt Fee: Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption.
Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $135 either online at the FSGA website at www.fsga.org or by check to the FSGA office for advance payment of Championship Fees. Payment must be received by Thursday, June 14th by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.
- 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
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.
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.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, June 20th
- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Player registration at The Concession Golf Club in the clubhouse
Thursday, June 21st
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Player registration at The Concession Golf Club in the clubhouse
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round One tee times off of #1 and #10 at The Concession Golf Club
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round One tee times off of #1 and #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
Friday, June 22nd
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Player registration at The Concession Golf Club in the clubhouse
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round Two tee times off of #1 and #10 at The Concession Golf Club
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round Two tee times off of #1 and #10 at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
After the completion of play, the field will be cut to low 70 players and ties
Saturday June 23rd
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round Three tee times off of #1 and #10 at The Concession Golf Club
Sunday June 24th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final Round tee times off of #1 and #10 at The Concession Golf Club
Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play
The golf courses will be set-up at approximately 6,900-7,400 yards.
18 holes of stroke play at 14 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.
Cristian DiMarco came out on top claiming the title of the 100th Amateur Champion. Shooting a four day total of eight-under par, 280, DiMarco held on to win the prestigious event by four shots over Brandon Mancheno. 2017 Results
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 Rounds
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 and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior. The cost of the practice round, including range balls and cart, is $40 plus tax. Only exempt and qualifying participants may play practice rounds. Alternates are not extended practice privileges. Please call 941-322-1465 for The Concession Golf Club and 941-309-2900 for Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club to schedule a practice round. Each player may play one practice round at each course for $40; additional practice rounds will be at the club's member-guest fee.
Players in the following categories are eligible for exemption from qualifying provided they meet all entry and eligibility requirements:
NOTE: Blank entries will be filed by the FSGA for players who become exempt after the close of entries.
- Last 25 year's Amateur Champions
- Top 1,000 and tied from last year's final World Amateur Golf Rankings
- Top 15 and tied from last year's Amateur Championship
- Top 20 and tied from last year's final Player of the Year Points List
- Championship Host Clubs' Representative
- Last year's Florida Open Low Amateur
- Amateurs finishing top five and tied from last year's Florida Open Championship
- 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 Semifinalists
- Last year's Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion
- Current year's Amateur Public Links Champion
- Last year's Mid-Senior Champion
- Last year's Senior Amateur Player of the Year
- Current year's Senior Amateur Champion
- Current and last two year's Mid-Amateur Champions
- Current year's Mid-Amateur Championship Semifinalists
- Last year's Junior Player of the Year
- Last year's FJT Points Champion
- Florida residents qualifying for last year's U.S. Amateur Championship
- Current year's final Winter Series Mid-Amateur (25-54) Points Leader
- Last year's FHSAA Boys Class 1A Individual Champion
- Last year's FHSAA Boys Class 2A Individual Champion
- Last year's FHSAA Boys Class 3A Individual Champion
Loss of Exemptions
- Amateur Champions prior to 2018 receive a lifetime exemption provided they remain an amateur
- After 2017, Amateur Champions and any prior winners who turn professional, will remain exempt for 25 years from the year of their victory, regardless of whether they turned professional and were subsequently reinstated as an amateur by the USGA.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
- Next twenty-five Amateur Championships
- Next five Mid-Amateur Championships
- Next three Amateur Match Play Championships
- Next two Florida Open Championships
Top five and tied finishers
- Current year's Amateur Match Play Championship
- Next year's Florida Open
- Next year's Mid-Amateur Championship
Top fifteen and tied finishers
- Next year's Amateur Championship
Player's making the cut
- Next year's Boys' Junior Championship
Exemptions Earned After 2017
Beginning in 2018, the Winner will receive the exemptions above but will receive a 25-year exemption into the Amateur Championship rather than a lifetime exemption. This exemption to the Amateur will not be lost in the event a player turns professional and subsequently has his amateur status reinstated by the USGA. Winners of the 2017 Amateur and prior years are grandfathered in under the prior policy and receive a lifetime exemption, except that consistent with the prior exemption rules, they would lose their lifetime exemption if they turned professional. Winners prior to 2018 that do turn professional, will retain their exemption for 25 years, which may used if their amateur status is reinstated.
- 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
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Sarasota Lakewood Ranch
6105 Exchange Way
$99 per room, per night, plus tax. Click here to book online, or call referencing "FSGA Room Block". Must book by 5/30/2018
EVEN Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Sarasota Lakewood Ranch)
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
$99 per room, per night, plus tax. Click here to book online using group code "FGA" or call requesting "FSGA Room Block.
The Concession Golf Club and Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club accept Cash, Visa / MasterCard / American Express as forms of payment.
The Concession Golf Club
7700 Lindrick Lane
Bradenton, FL 34202
Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
15150 70th Terrace East
Bradenton, FL 34202