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17 Apr 2006
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FSGA Tournament Director and +4 Handicap

Peter Dachisen is entering his 7th season as the Tournament Director for the Florida State Golf Association. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dachisen grew up around the game of golf, as both his father and uncle are long-time PGA members in the New Jersey Section.

He was the golf professional at Hunters Green Country Club in Tampa from 1995-1999, before joining the Florida State Golf Association in 2000 as Tournament Director. Since regaining his amateur status in 2002, Peter has competed successfully on the amateur level, while effectively juggling his duties at the FSGA and his life at home with his wife and young son.

In the last four years, Dachisen has contended consistently in Florida's biggest events, finishing runner-up in the FSGA Mid-Amateur and recording top-5's in the FSGA State Amateur and Public Links Championships. He also advanced to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in 2003 and missed qualifying for the Championship at Olymipia Fields by 5 shots.

But his greatest successes have been in the Gasparilla Invitational, played at the Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The Gasparilla annually draws a strong field of state and national players, and Dachisen has enjoyed a remarkable run at the event, with three wins and a runner-up finish in five starts.

Palma Ceia is a traditional, tree lined golf course that isn't overly long but always holds up well in the Gasparilla, defending par with its small, undulating greens. Dachisen has been able to play there with comfort and confidence, acknowledging that the course suits his game well.

In addition to winning in 2002, Dachisen captured the 2005 tournament with the help of a second-round course record 62. This year, Dachisen trailed after 36 holes but rallied with a 67, the low round of the day, to win by a single shot over David Noll. "I knew that if I could shoot under par in the final round I knew I'd have a chance," Dachisen said. "In the final round I hit a lot of fairways and greens."

As the Florida State Golf Association enters its 94th year of operation with 22 state championships scheduled for in 2006, Dachisen will continue directing and competing in FSGA championships and a select few other events. For now, Dachisen is preparing for the first FSGA championship of the year, the Senior/Mid-Am Four-Ball Championship to be played April 22-23, 2006 at The Fox Club in Palm City, FL.

The FSGA is a volunteer-based organization that includes over 800 member clubs and over 180,000 individual members from across the state. For more information visit their website at www.fsga.org.
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