Amateur Match Play Championship

Southern Hills Plantation Club - Brooksville
August 3-6, 2017

Huizinga Wins Third FSGA Major 


Jacob Huizinga was a force to be reckoned with as he was eyeing down a third FSGA major win in three years, after winning the 2015 Four-Ball Championship and 2016 Amateur Championship. Ricky Hendler was vying to earn his first FSGA Championship win after just starting to compete this year.  A quick start by Huizinga gave the impression that the win was in his hands but Hendler had other plans. Huizinga was 3up standing on the tee box of hole number 13 before Hendler made a three hole comeback with a birdie, par, birdie to take the match to all square. Ties on 16, 17, and 18 resulted in the all square match needing extra holes to determine the Champion. Starting on hole number one for the third time on Sunday, Hendler and Huizinga made three straight pars. On the par four, fourth hole Huizinga stroked in a birdie putt while Hendler faltered to a bogey. Jacob Huizinga, of Orlando, seized his third FSGA major victory after 22 holes against Ricky Hendler!


The battle to the final round began Sunday morning and resulted with Ricky Hendler and Jacob Huizinga earning 1up victories. Hendler took the early lead in his match against stroke play medalist Dustin Dingus. Dingus made the turn three-down to Hendler but attempted to fight back on the final holes winning number 11, 14, and 16. This narrowed Hendler’s lead to 1up but with two ties on holes 17 and 18 Hendler moved on to the finals.

A back and forth match between Jacob Huizinga and Marc Dull resulted in Huizinga advancing with a 1up win. Dull, a tough competitor, started the match 1up after the first hole and managed to stay 1up heading into the final nine holes. Huizinga played tough and brought the match to all square with two holes remaining. A birdie win on hole 17 sealed Huizinga’s 1up victory. Huizinga and Hendler would go head to head in the final match!


The Quarterfinals started in the afternoon where Chip Brooke was 3up on Dustin Dingus through nine holes. Some costly bogeys from Brooke brought Dingus back into the match. Dingus took a 1up lead into the 18th and a good par sealed his spot into the Semifinals. Ricky Hendler continued his hot play by taking down Christian Bosso 4 & 3 and will face Dingus Sunday morning. In the Lower Bracket Jacob Huizinga defeated Joseph Trim 3 & 2 and will face Marc Dull who defeated Matt Leiti with a 4 & 3 win.

Round of 16

Saturday morning started with the #1 seed, Dustin Dingus defeating Samuel Uhland 3 & 1. Chip Brooke knocked off the defending champion, Chris Carlin, in an exciting match that ended 3 & 2 for Brooke. The cinderella run by the #63 seed ended in a close match with Joseph Trim winning 1up. The most anticipated match of the morning was between 2016 Player-of-the-Year Joe Alfieri and Marc Dull who should be on top of the current points list after this weekend. Dull got the best of Alfieri and won the match 3 & 2.

Round of 32

Stroke play medalist, Dustin Dingus survived his first round of match play after defeating 33rd seed, Brian Kennan , 4 & 3. Dingus will tee off in the Round of 16 at 8:00 A.M. and will face 49th seed, Samuel Uhland. With another victory by Christopher Carlin, the defending champion will face Chip Brooke, of Altamonte Springs at 8:08 A.M. The 2016 Amateur Champion, Jacob Huizinga won both his matches 3 & 2 and will play Tyler Shook in the Round of 16 at 8:40 A.M. Perhaps the most anticipated match of the morning will be between third seed, Marc Dull and 14th seed, Joe Alfieri. Both accomplished FSGA players will face each other at 8:48 A.M. for a spot in the quarterfinals. 

Round of 64

The Round of 64 began early Friday morning as the match play portion of the championship began. With stroke play medalist, Dustin Dingus earning a bye for the round, he would not begin his match play quest until the round of 32. The quickest match on the golf course came from the first match of the day by 32nd seed, Mattias Wettergren, of Miami and 33rd seed, Brian Keenan, of Tampa. In stellar fashion, Kennan defeated Wettergren 8 & 7 to advance to the Round of 32 and play Dustin Dingus. Defending Champion, Christopher Carlin advanced after defeating Thad Hudgens 2 & 1. Past champion, TJ Shuart also advanced by defeating Andrew Morris, 6 & 5. Coming back this year for redemption, 2016 runner-up, E.J. Grimes just barely survived his match against Joshua Dubberly. Grimes moved on to the Round of 32 after a 1 up victory.

Stroke Play Seeding Round

The 26th Amateur Match Play Championship began today as 64 of Florida's finest men amateur golfers teed it up at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville hoping to finish today's stroke play seeding round with a good enough score to position them well heading into the Round of 64. After a long day on the course, however, it was Dustin Dingus, of Palm Harbor, who grabbed medalist honors and the top seed for match play. 

Shooting a two-under par, 70, Dingus, a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a college that attends class year-around, began his round with two pars before rolling in his first birdie of the day on the par-3 third hole. Adding two more birdies on the fifth and sixth holes, Dingus got off to a good start and was three-under through his first six holes. With a bogey on the eighth, he would make the turn at two-under par. Playing consistently throughout the back nine, the former Stetson Hatter parred his first five holes of the back nine before carding his fourth birdie of the day on the 385 yard, par-four 15th hole. Standing on the 18th tee, Dingus was three-under par, yet with an uncharacteristic drive that ended up out of bounds, he salvaged an impressive bogey to finish the back nine at even par. With his strong front nine score, Dingus propelled himself to the top of the leaderboard to take medalist honors.  "It was the most stress-free round I've ever played," Dingus said. "It was nice getting back out there after being in school all day."

Three finished right behind Dingus at one-under par, including 2015 Amateur Match Play Champion, TJ Shuart, of Fort Lauderdale. Shuart, along with Kasey Denesevich and Marc Dull will enter match play as three of the four top seeds. Defending Champion, Christopher Carlin sits just outside the top four after shooting an even-par round of 72.Carlin sits in fifth place along with four others after the stroke play seeding round. 

The Round of 64 will take place tomorrow with matches beginning in the morning. Following the Round of 64, the Round of 32 matches will start immediately following play. Dustin Dingus will get the morning off as he earned himself a bye for the Round of 64 and will not begin his match play journey until the Round of 32. With the match play bracket set, it'll be a race to the finish for the title of the 26th Amateur Match Play Champion. 

Match Play Preview | Stroke Play Seeding Round | Match Play Bracket

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Approximate Yardage 7,298 yds. 75.5 / 142

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
PartlyCloudy Damp & Breezy 94 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Total Score Points
1 Dustin Dingus 70 70 0
T2 T J Shuart 71 71 0
T2 Kasey Denesevich 71 71 0
T2 Marc Dull 71 71 0
T5 Michael Mattiace 72 72 0
T5 Robert Bechtol 72 72 0
T5 Jacob Huizinga 72 72 0
T5 Christopher Carlin 72 72 0
T5 Chip Brooke 72 72 0
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The 26th Amateur Match Play Championship is an exciting event that utilizes golf's original match play format. There are six qualifiers slated throughout the state to provide players the opportunity to qualify for this prestigious Championship held at Southern Hills Plantation Club located in Brooksville. For a look at the 2016 Championship Results click here.

Championship Format & Seeding

  • 18 holes of individual stroke play on Thursday to determine seeds in round of 64. Ties for seeds will be broken randomly. 
  • Single elimination round of 64 match play will begin on Friday morning.
  • The round of 32 is scheduled to begin Friday afternoon.
  • The round of 16 will be played on Saturday morning followed by the quarter-finals that afternoon. 
  • The semi-finals will be played on Sunday morning and the finals will be held on Sunday Afternoon.


  • Male amateur golfer
  • A valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 11.4
  • Entrant is required to be a member of the FSGA

Entry Fees

  Qualifying Fee Championship Fee  Exempt Fee
 65.00  125.00  160.00
 Non-GHIN  75.00  125.00  170.00
  • 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 and gift certificates, course and cart fees, 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. 


Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $125 online at the FSGA website at Payment must be received by Friday, July 28 by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship. Championship Fee includes cart fees for all competitive rounds.

To Pre-Register:

  • Log on to the FSGA website at 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.

Championship Field Size

64 players

Course Set-Up

  • The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,900-7,300 yards.


18 holes stroke play at 6 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 practices rounds. Qualifying sites are yet to be determined. 

Defending Champion

Christopher Carlin started match play as the number one seed and dominated every match, defeating Eric Grimes in the Finals to seize his victory. Carlin ended the final match on the 16th hole for a 3&2 victory at Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Cub in Bradenton.


During qualifying and the Championship proper, each player must use a golf cart. Carts are included for all competitive rounds. Players are responsible for practice round cart fees at qualifying sites and at the Championship proper.

Practice Rounds

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 $35.00 + tax. Please call (352) 277-5000 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.


Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption 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 three year's Amateur Match Play Champions
  • Last year's Amateur Match Play Semifinalists
  • Last year's Amateur Player of the Year
  • Last three year's Amateur Champions
  • Current year's top five and tied Amateur Championship finishers
  • Last three year's Mid-Amateur Champions
  • Current year's Mid-Amateur Championship Semifinalists
  • Last year's Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • Last year's Junior Amateur Player of the Year
  • Last year's Junior Amateur Match Play Champion (16-18 Age Division)
  • Last year's Mid-Senior Champion
  • Current year's Amateur Public Links Champion
  • Last year's Florida Open Low Amateur
  • Current and last year's Boys' Junior Champions (16-18 Age Division)

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament


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


  • Next year's Amateur Match Play 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 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

Currently there is no host hotel for this event.


Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Amex as forms of payment.


Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club
4200 Summit View Drive
Brooksville, FL 34601

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