2017 - Annual Dinner


On November 17, 2017, the Florida State Golf Association held its Annual Dnner at the prestigious Lost Tree Club in Jupiter, Florida. Roughly 200 individuals attended this year's dinner including some of this year's champions, volunteers throughout the state, board and staff members, and their families. Hall of Fame inductees, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus, were the special guests in attendance. 

Introduction Movie

To begin the 2017 Annual Dinner, guests were shown an introduction video that highlighted some of 2017's best moments. There were 40 state championships held throughout the state in 2017 that required the help of hundreds of volunteers. The success of the qualifiers, events, and championships would not have been possible without our incredible players and volunteers. 

Welcome - Chuck Phillips

Mr. Chuck Phillips, the 2017 President of the FSGA, and member of Calusa Pines Golf Club, welcomes the guests to the 2017 Annual Dinner prior to dinner being served.

Welcome - Jim Demick

Executive Director, Jim Demick, welcomes guests to the 2017 Annual Dinner as well as introduces the video highlighting each of the 2017 FSGA Champions. 

Champions Movie

The champions from the year are each recognized in a video highlighting their accomplishments. Please click here to view results from all events in 2017.

Recognition of Champions, Host Club & FSGA Staff - Jim Demick

The host of the 2017 FSGA Annual Dinner, Lost Tree Club, did an excellent job assisting in putting on this event and it was an honor to return back to one of the co-hosts of the 100th Amateur Championship for a night filled with family and friends. 

Players of the Year

Taylor Roberts - Girls' Junior Player of the Year

  • 14,113 points
  • Competed in seven FJT events this year, finishing no worse than tied for third
  • Won her last four FJT events
  • T3 at the AJGA Daniel Berger Championship
  • 3rd at State Girls' Junior Championship
  • Made it to the semifinals at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship
  • Verbally Committed to Florida State University

Brandon Mancheno - Junior Player of the Year

  • Second Player of the Year award in three years
  • Finished in solo second at the 100th Florida State Amateur Championship hosted by The Bear's Club & Lost Tree Club
  • Took medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur in qualifying after shooting a 64
  • Qualified as medalist for the U.S. Amateur Championship
  • A member of the gold-medal USA team at the Toyota Junior World Cup held in Japan
  • Freshman at Auburn University where he a key component to the men's golf team

Meghan Stasi - Women's Amateur Player of the Year

  • Seventh Women's Amateur Player of the Year honor
  • Made it to the Sweet 16 at U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
  • Finished tied for second with her sister in the Four-Ball Championship
  • Qualified and made it to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Four-Ball Championship
  • Captured her fourth Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Round of 16 at State Women's Amateur
  • Competed at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
  • Won Summer Mixed Championship with Kevin Hammer

Marc Dull - Amateur Player of the Year

  • Won the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in October
  • Finished T2 at Senior/Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship with Bob Levy
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals at the FSGA  Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Advanced to the semifinals with partner, Chip Brooke, at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship
  • Top 20 finish at the 100th Amateur Championship
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the Amateur Match Play Championship
  • Qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Member of Team Florida at the Southeastern Challenge

George DeSear - Senior Player of the Year

  • Hails from Bradenton, Florida
  • Won Senior Amateur Championship at Bradenton Country Club
  • Won Mixed Shoot-Out with Gabrielle Tomeo by five strokes
  • Tied for 7th at Senior Four-Ball

Mary Jane Hiestand - Senior Women's Player of the Year

  • 2016 Mid-Amateur Champion
  • Top 3 in both Women's Four-Ball and International Four-Ball Championships
  • Quarterfinalist at U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Round of 16 at U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship
  • Qualified for U.S.  Women's Amateur Championship
  • Round of 16 at Jones/Doherty Championship
  • Top 10 at Harder Hall Invitational

Volunteers Mini Movie

The Florida State Golf Association has over 500 volunteers around the state. This is a short video highlighting their accomplishments and involvement throughout the year.

Volunteer Appreciation - Chuck Phillips

The Florida State Golf Association would not be able to conduct over 600 days of competition each year without the support and dedication of their volunteers. Chuck Phillips, President of the FSGA, thanks them for their ongoing support of the organization. 

Executive Board Update - Introduction of new FSGA President, Steve Carter & Acknowledgment of Mr. Phillip's Presidency

Chuck Phillips discusses the changes being made to the Executive Board of the Florida State Golf Association. These changes in the board were highlighted by Steve Carter being elected as the new President of the Florida State Golf Association. Steve Carter then acknowledges the past presidents of the organization, bringing back Chuck Phillips to acknowledge his contribution to the organization over the past two years.

Service Award

This year, Don Roberts and Larry Flynn were recognized and received an award for their volunteer service with the Florida State Golf Association. Don Roberts, a volunteer serving for twenty years, and Larry Flynn, celebrating 30 years of service, are tremendous assets to the Florida State Golf Association, the game of golf, and all events throughout the state. Thank you both for your dedication and diligent efforts!

Don Roberts - 20 Years of Service

  • from Clearwater, Florida
  • Mentored by FSGA Hall of Famer, Charlie Bedford
  • Longtime supporter of the Great Tampa Junior Golf Association
  • Volunteered at many FSGA events
  • Officiated at college events
  • Assisted with FSGA and USGA qualifiers

Larry Flynn - 30 Years of Service

  • Strong advocate of junior golf for many years
  • Supporter of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association
  • Longtime supporter of Florida State High School Championships
  • Instrumental in bringing junior golf to the school system

Volunteers of the Year

Mike Miller - Tournament Volunteer of the Year

  • Started playing golf at the age of 10
  • Graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Worked for IBM for 30 years and retired in 1996
  • Began volunteering in 2010
  • Officiated approximately 100 competitions
  • Tournament chairman at 30 events
  • Senior Rules Official for the FSGA

Mary Ann Riccio - Course Rating Volunteer of the Year

  • Graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accounting
  • Worked for John Deere
  • Part of a group responsible for establishing The John Deere Classic PGA Tour event
  • FSGA volunteer for 16 years
  • Course rating captain for Sarasota/Manatee counties
  • Completed 8 course ratings in 2016

Staff Changes - Jim Demick

With 2018 around the corner, two FSGA staff members will be semi-retiring. After many years of hardwork and dedication to the organization, Tom Zaras and Jack Pultorak will be semi-retiring with the company, yet still be actively involved throughout the year with volunteers.

Hall of Fame

Chuck Phillips recognizes all Hall of Fame members in attendance at the 2017 Annual Dinner. 

Hall of Fame Inductees - Jack & Barbara Nicklaus 

Chuck Phillips introduces 2017 FSGA Hall of Fame Inductees, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus.

Jack Nicklaus - 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio
  • Attended Ohio State University where he won a national championship in 1961
  • Won two U.S. Amateur Championships in 1959 & 1961
  • Runner-up finish at 1960 U.S. Open as an amateur
  • Met Barbara his first week of freshmen year and married her in 1960
  • Currently resides in North Palm Beach at Lost Tree Club since 1960's.
  • 73 Official Tour Vicories
  • 18 Major Championships
  • Designed nearly 300 golf courses and more than 30 in Florida
  • Awarded Francis Ouimet Lifelong Contributions to Golf Award in 2007 with Barbara
  • Trustee of The First Tee

Barbara Nicklaus - 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Born February 28, 1940 as Barbara Bash
  • Attended Ohio State University where she met Jack freshmen year
  • Married Jack in 1960 then gave birth to Jack Jr. in 1961
  • Mother to five children and 22 grandchildren
  • Chairman of The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation
  • Inducted, with Jack, into the Ambassador David M. Walter International Pediatric Hall of Fame
  • Received the Ambassador of Golf Award in 1990
  • Received the USGA's highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, in 2015
  • Awarded The Boy Scots of America Distinguished Citizens Award with Jack in 2007 for their community efforts

Acceptance Speech

Closing Remarks

Steve Carter, the newly appointed President of the Florida State Golf Association, thanks everyone for joining the FSGA staff on this night of celebration and for Lost Tree Club for hosting the event.

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