12th Florida Cup - South Team Preview

Co-Captains Ben Adelberg & Owen Joyner highlight two of five returning South Team Members from the victorious 2016 Squad!

AFter capturing their 3rd Consecutive Cup in 2016, the South now leads the series 6-5, and will look to widen that gap in October at Hammock Dunes Club

Meet The South Team Below!

Co-Captain - Ben Adelberg, Boynton Beach

5th Appearance 4-4-4

Boynton Beach, FL
College: St. Thomas University
Club: Quail Ridge Country Club, Delray Beach
Occupation: Talent Management
USGA Championships: 1

Ben will guide the South team, participating in his 5th Florida Cup, and first go as a captain. Adelberg was a regular in the top 5, posting five top 5's including two runner-up finishes - '17 & '18 Two-Man Shoot-Outs, '17 & '18 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, & '18 Mid-Senior Four-Ball South. He also finished T21 at the 2018 Mid-Senior Championship.

Bill Barnes, Bonita Springs

1st Appearance

Hometown: Bonita Springs
College: North Carolina State University
Club: Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs
Occupation: Senior Vice President / Consultant at Burke Inc.
USGA Championships: 7

Barnes highlight was capturing the 2018 FSGA Senior Amateur Championship in almost wire-to-wire fashion before relinquishing his lead on the 54th hole, then winning on the first play-off hole. He also qualified for the 2018 US Senior Amateur Championship. Despite being his first Florida Cup, Barnes comes with an abundance of team play experience as a seven-time Indiana Senior Challenge Cup participant and two-time Tennessee Amateur Cup participant and one-time captain.

Kasey Denesevich, Lauderhill

1st Appearance

Hometown: Lauderhill, FL
College Attended: Florida State University
Club: Lago Mar Country Club, Plantation
Occupation: Sales at Global Golf

Kasey qualified for the Mid-Amateur, Amateur, Four-Ball & Amateur Match Play Championships in both 2017 & 2018. His top finishes included runner-up at the '18 Senior / Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship with Rick Woulfe and a win at the '18 Two-Man Shoot-Out with Ronnie Davis.

Daniel Eggertsson, Royal Palm Beach

2nd Appearance 1-0-2

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
College: Franklin & Marshall
Club: Breakers West Country Club, West Palm Beach
Occupation: Project Manager, Painting Contractor
USGA Championships: 3

Eggertsson started the two-year points rotation by winning the '17 Senior / Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, then joined Adelberg in the runner-up finish at the '17 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South. In 2018, he padded his resume, making match play at both the Mid-Amateur & Match Play Championship, claimed another second place finish at the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South and finished T21 in the 101st Amateur Championship.

Ben Finley, Plantation

3rd Appearance 0-4-2

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
College: Indiana University
Club: Jacaranda Golf Club, Plantation
Occupation: Director of Sales/Marketing Omega Title Group
USGA Championships: 1

Ben captured the 2018 FSGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South Championship alongside teammate Scott Kennedy and qualified for his first USGA Championship the 2018 US Mid-Amateur. He was also the 2017 Broward County Amateur Champion. Additionally he posted T2 finish at the '17 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, and 3rd in the '17 Two-Man Shoot-Out.

Kevin Johnson, Naples 

1st Appearance

Hometown: Naples, FL
College: Florida Atlantic University
Club: Calusa Pines Golf Club, Naples
Occupation: Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
USGA Championships: 2

Johnson finished 2017 strong, qualifying for the US Mid-Amateur Championship and finishing T7 in the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play. In 2018, Kevin advanced to match play at the Mid-Amateur Championship before falling in the Round of 32, finished T46 in the Amateur Championship & T12 in the Mid-Senior Championship.

Co-Captain - Owen Joyner, Bonita Springs

2nd Appearance 2-0-1

Hometown: Houston, TX
College: San Jacinto Junior College
Club: Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs
Occupation: Retired
USGA Championships: 3

Owen posted finishes of T9 & T16 at the 2017 & 2018 Senior Championships, won the 2017 Senior Amateur Match Play Championship and advanced to the finals in his attempt to defend in 2018. He also posted a T8 finish at the 2017 Florida Senior Open, just one shot out of low amateur honors. Owen joins Ben Adelberg as a Co-Captain in hopes to lead the South as they attempt to retain the cup. Owen is also a two-time Houston Amateur Champion.

Scott Kennedy, Plantation 

2nd Appearance 1-2-0

Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario
College: Florida Atlantic University
Club: Grande Oaks Golf Club, Davie
Occupation: Pitmaster and Partner - Smoke BBQ (Fort Lauderdale & Boca Raton)
USGA Championships: 1

Kennedy captured the 2018 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South with teammate Ben Finley. He also qualified for the 2017 USGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst along with former FAU teammate, Matt Anderson, of Tampa. Kennedy has also competed in the British Amateur, Canadian Amateur, Canadian Mid-Amateur & Hong Kong Mid-Amateur.

Joey Latowski, Port Saint Lucie

3rd Appearance 4-2-0

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Penn State University
Club: PGA Golf Club, Port Saint Lucie
Occupation: Southeast Regional Manager - Florida State Golf Association
USGA Championships: 2

Latowski finished T5 in the 2017 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Country Club of Winter Haven and advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2018 Mid-Amateur Championship. In team events, Latowski, partnering with his father, John, posted a solo 5th at the Senior / Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and the duo won the 2018 Parent Child Championship in their age division.

Matthew Marino, Miami Beach

2nd Appearance 1-1-1

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
College: Ashland University
Club: La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach
Occupation: Financial Advisor – Morgan Stanley

In both 2017 & 2018, Marino advanced to match play in a play-off at the Mid-Amateur Championship, and knocked off the medalist to advance to the Round of 16. 2017 he finished T7 in the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship. In 2018, his top finishes included 5th at the Two-Man Shoot-Out & T6 at the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, both with teammate Donald Wolfe. In college, Matthew played every event in all four years at Ashland University and captured the 2003 Cleveland Amateur Championship.

Josh Pisarri, Naples

1st Appearance

Hometown: Naples, FL
College: Coastal Carolina Univeristy
Club: Naples Grande Golf Club, Naples

Pisarri had a stellar 2018 finishing 7th in the Amateur Championship and advancing to the quarterfinals at the Amateur Match Play Championship. He also captured the 2018 South Florida PGA Open, becoming only the second amateur to win, and first since Dudley Hart in 1987.

Rokki Rogan, Fort Myers

1st Appearance

Hometown: Warren, OH
College: Ohio University
Club: Cypress Lakes Country Club
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Developer

Rogan has been a staple in FSGA events over the last two seasons. Rokki's highlights include T31 & T35 finishes in the Senior Amateur Championships, and advancing to match play at both the '17 & '18 Senior Match Play Championships and the '18 Mid-Amateur Championship. Also over the two seasons, Rogan posted 7 victories in SW Amateur Series Events.

Jerry Rose, Sarasota

2nd Appearance 2-1-0

Hometown: Fresno, CA
College: Brigham Young University
Club: The Founders Club, Sarasota
Occupation: Retired
USGA Championships: 5

Jerry’s resume includes winning 3 Resorter’s Championships, the Golfweek Senior National Championship, and 2 runner-up finishes in the FSGA Senior Match Play. 2018 saw Jerry finish T19 at the Florida Senior Amateur and advance to the quarterfinals at the US Senior Amateur Championship. He was also the 2017 Minnesota Senior Player of  the Year and finished T9 in the 2017 Florida Senior Amateur.

Joe Shaktman, Coral Springs

1st Appearance

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
College: Florida State University
Club: Lago Mar Country Club, Plantation
Occupation: Owner - Holiday Tours International

Joe finished T16 in the '18 Four-Ball Championship alongside Kevin Lynn, T8 in the Florida Senior Open, and runner-up in the Mid-Senior Four-Ball South Championship with partner, Kevin Schaffel.

Scott Turner, Stuart

2nd Appearance 1-2-0

Hometown: Palm City, FL
College: University of South Florida
Occupation: Owner of Minor League Golf Tour
Club: Hammock Creek Golf Club, Palm City
USGA Championships: 2

Scott captured the 2017 Amateur Public Links Championship, advanced to match play at both the Mid-Amateur & Amateur Match Play Championships and qualified for The Florida Open. In 2018, Scott again made match play at the Mid-Amateur & Amateur Match Play Championships, finished T4 in his attempt to defend his title at the Public Links, and posted at T26 finish at the Amateur Championship.

Donald Wolfe, Miami

2nd Appearance 2-0-1

Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Notre Dame University
Occupation: Health Care Administrator
Home Club: Miami Shores Country Club, Miami Shores
USGA Championships: 2

Donald posted top ten finishes in the '17 Two-Man Shoot-Out, '17 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, '17 Four-Ball, '18 Two-Man Shoot-Out & '18 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South, all with partner Matt Marino. He is also presently the Club Champion at Miami Shores Country Club, and has held the Club Championship at both Miami Beach & Fisher Island Club.

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