1999 Parent-Child Championship
Wards Win State Parent Child Title
This is their third title in seven years
August 8, 1999
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — John and Johnny Ward claimed the 10th annual Florida State Parent-Child Championship by one point at the Bonnet Creek complex at Walt Disney World Sunday. This was their third victory in seven years.
Johnny, a 37-year old credit manager from Marietta, Ga., led the team in the final round. His score of 69 gave the team 39 points using the Stableford scoring system. His father, John, added 35 points with a round of 73. Their scores, combined with their first-round total of 37, gave them 111 points for the championship.
“It’s nice to win this at Disney," the 61-year old from Winter Park said. "I am a civil trial lawyer and do some work for Walt Disney World, so this is like winning one at home."
Donald and Joe Green, both of Jacksonville, finished one stroke back in second place with 110 points. The duo also had 37 points after the first round, but fell short with 73 points on day two.
Six teams tied for third place overall with 102 points, Dale and Andy Anderson, both from Stuart, earned 70 points in the final round to make the biggest jump. Their first-day total of 32 points left the duo in the second flight. Two teams came from the first flight to finish in third place, Butch and Jeffrey Girard, both from Yulee, earned 35 points and 67 points, while J.E. Rowe of Jacksonville and his son Jay from Savannah, Ga. earned 33 and 69. The other three teams were Melvin and Douglas Dace of Gainesville, Fred and Devin Harkness of Jupiter, and Kevin Hyman and Chase Mercer-Gill of Winter Haven.
In the 12 and under junior division played at Disney's Old Trail course, Orlando's Clarke and Matt Lange defeated Orlando's Michael and Bennet Sedacca on the second playoff hole. Both team seamed 57 Stableford points over 18 holes of alternate shot. After two pars on the first playoff hole, Clarke Lange, a former baseball player for the Miami Hurricanes, made a sneaky four-foot par putt to win.
The Florida State Parent-Child Championship is the seventh of 16 state championships conducted annually by the Florida State Golf Association.