TAMPA, FL (May 11, 2006) -- More than 700 entries were received for the 89th Florida State Amateur Championship at Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach on June 22-25. First, competitors must attempt to qualify for the Championship at one of 13 sites across the state.
From May 31 – June 13, the Florida State Golf Association will conduct 13 qualifying tournaments of 18 holes of stroke play for golfers trying to advance to the Amateur Championship at Pine Tree. In the Championship, participants will play 18 holes each at Pine Tree and Hunters Run Golf and Racquet Club on June 22-23. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be played at Pine Tree on June 24-25.
Defending Champion, Ryan Abbate, of Fort Lauderdale, fired a 66-69-72-70—277 to win last year at Bear Lakes. Abbate, as well as other former State Amateur Champions, are exempt from qualifying. In all, 27 players are exempt from qualifying through different categories.
Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.
Florida State Amateur Championship Qualifiers:
May 31 - Red Tail GC, Sorrento
June 1 - The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland
June 1 - The Club at Emerald Hills, Hollywood
June 3 - Shalimar Pointe CC, Shalimar
June 5 - River Hills CC, Valrico
June 5 - Bear Lakes CC, West Palm Beach
June 7 - Lakewood Ranch G & CC, Bradenton
June 7 - The Club at the Strand, Naples
June 9 – The Florida Club, Stuart
June 12 - GC at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach
June 12 - CC of Ocala, Ocala
June 12 - Orange Tree GC, Orlando
June 13 - Southwood GC, Tallahassee