Florida Senior Match Play: Close Matches in Quarters

TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA (July 18, 2006) -- As ten of the 16 quarterfinal matches went to 18 holes, the semifinal matches are now set in the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs. Semifinal matches begin at 7:30 am on Wednesday, July 19 with the finals Thursday morning.

Of the four past Senior Amateur Champions in the Senior Division Championship flight, Bruce Scamehorn emerges as the lone Champion to advance to the semifinals. After shooting a 71 in the seeding round to earn the number two seed, Scamehorn, the 2004 Senior Amateur Champion, won his first match by forfeit then defeated Bill O’Keefe in the second round 2 and 1. In a battle of Senior Amateur Champions, Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, then beat Edward Craig, the 2005 Senior Amateur Champion, 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals. Scamehorn is up next to play Fred Peel, of Chipley, in the semifinals of the lower half of the bracket. Peel defeated Bob Ethridge 2 up to advance to the semis. In the upper half, Berger Warner, of Ocala, upset the current Senior Amateur Champion Ron Cleland in the second round and went on to win his semifinal match 4 and 3. Warner will face Frank Saxon, of Mulberry, in the other semifinal match.

In the Senior Division first flight, all four matches were decided in 18 holes or more. Evans Harbour, of Ormond Beach, took down the number one seed Jim Kehoe in the quarters. Harbour defeated Kehoe 1 up to earn a semifinal birth versus Harvey Barish. It took Barish 19 holes to win his match versus Jim Michel. In the other semifinal match, Doug Ballenger, of Port St. Lucie, will play Michael Benham, of Ocala.

Joe Thompson, of Fort Myers, beat Tommy Piazza, the number one seed in the second flight, 1 up to advance to the semifinals. Thompson will play Dave Budney, of Bayonet Point, who won his match 2 up. The other semifinal match featuring William Anthony, of Jacksonville, against James Wiley, of Tampa, will decide the finals in the second flight.

In the Super Senior Division, Mike Craven, of Naples, advances to the semifinals after upsetting the top seed Max Mathews, of Andalusia, 1 up. Craven will now play Rennie Law, of Tampa. Law, who won the 2005 Super Senior division of the Senior Amateur Championship, won his match 2 and 1. Don Lambert, of Foley, plays Phil Leckey, of Tampa, in the other semifinal match to determine the finals of the Super Senior division.

To be eligible, players must have reached 55 years of age by July 16, 2006. All players traveling to Cypress Run Golf Club were guaranteed an 18-hole seeding round and at least one round of match play. After the 18-hole seeding round, the field of 80 (64 Seniors and 16 Super-Seniors) was seeded into a Senior Division Championship flight of 32 players and two additional flights of 16 players. Also, the 16 Super-Seniors were seeded into a Super-Senior Championship flight. Ultimately, there will be a Senior Amateur Match Play Champion and a Super-Senior Amateur Match Play Champion from each Championship flight.

Cypress Run is set among beautifully wooded terrain and is considered one of the best designed and maintained courses in the Tampa Bay area. The fairways are wide, but lined with towering cypress and oak trees. The signature hole is #18, a 433-yard, par 4, featuring a dogleg right fairway and a green that is guarded in front by Hollins Creek.

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Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

Cypress Run Golf Club, Tarpon Springs, Florida

July 18, 2006

Championship Flight

Round: Round of 32

John Begley, Sarasota (75) def. Jack Ruhs, Palm City (78), 3 and 2

Richard Bullock, Clearwater (78) def. John Bauder, Sunrise (75), 5 and 4

Neil Carter, Citrus Springs (73) def. Butch Casey, Jacksonville (79), 3 and 2

Ron Cleland, Naples (70) def. Denny Rouse, Brandon (79), 2 and 1

Edward Craig, Orlando (74) def. Jim White, Lake Worth (79), 3 and 2

Bob Ethridge, Plantation (72) def. Bob Coleman, The Villages (79), 3 and 2

Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace (74) def. Neil Kopinski, Sarasota (78), 1 up

Don Johnson, Tampa (73) def. Gary Saft, Fort Myers (79), 3 and 2

Bill O'Keefe, Boca Raton (77) def. Roberto Duran, Miami (76), 2 and 1

Fred Peel, Chipley (79) def. Stephen Cole, Clearwater (73), 4 and 2

Gary Pettit, Dade City (75) def. Ron Green, Lecanto (77), 3 and 1

Bob Roberts, Windermere (77) def. Nick Kent, The Villages (75), 3 and 2

Frank Saxon, Mulberry (75) def. Art Green, Leesburg (77), 2 and 1

Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven (71) def. Donald Luehm, Wesley Chapel (79), forfeit

Berger Warner, Ocala (76) def. Dennis Williams, Tarpon Springs (76), 3 and 2

Jerry Young, New Port Richey (78) def. Joseph Cristillo, Crystal River (75), 19 holes

Round: Round of 16

Neil Carter, Citrus Springs (73) def. Bob Roberts, Windermere (77), 3 and 2

Edward Craig, Orlando (74) def. Richard Bullock, Clearwater (78), 3 and 2

Bob Ethridge, Plantation (72) def. Gary Pettit, Dade City (75), 21 holes

Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace (74) def. John Begley, Sarasota (75), 3 and 1

Fred Peel, Chipley (79) def. Jerry Young, New Port Richey (78), 2 and 1

Frank Saxon, Mulberry (75) def. Don Johnson, Tampa (73), 5 and 4

Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven (71) def. Bill O'Keefe, Boca Raton (77), 2 and 1

Berger Warner, Ocala (76) def. Ron Cleland, Naples (70), 2 and 1

Round: Quarterfinal

Fred Peel, Chipley (79) def. Bob Ethridge, Plantation (72), 2 up

Frank Saxon, Mulberry (75) def. Neil Carter, Citrus Springs (73), 2 and 1

Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven (71) def. Edward Craig, Orlando (74), 4 and 3

Berger Warner, Ocala (76) def. Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace (74), 4 and 3

First Flight

Round: Round of 16

Doug Ballenger, Port Saint Lucie (80) def. Bob Coffey, Lake Suzy (85), 2 and 1

Harvey Barish, Hollywood (80) def. Brad Houser, Crystal Beach (85), 3 and 2

Michael Benham, Ocala (80) def. Bill Young, Naples (85), 3 and 2

Evans Harbour, Ormond Beach (81) def. Pat Monti, The Villages (81), 2 and 1

Jim Kehoe, Bradenton (79) def. James Harriott, Mary Esther (85), 2 and 1

Bobby Kilgore, Tampa (80) def. William Freeman, Boynton Beach (83), 1 up

Jim Michel, Riverview (80) def. Gary Hamachek, Palm Harbor (83), 2 and 1

Mike Miller, Ormond Beach (82) def. George McLaughlin, Lecanto (80), 2 and 1

Round: Quarterfinal

Doug Ballenger, Port Saint Lucie (80) def. Mike Miller, Ormond Beach (82), 2 up

Harvey Barish, Hollywood (80) def. Jim Michel, Riverview (80), 19 holes

Michael Benham, Ocala (80) def. Bobby Kilgore, Tampa (80), 1 up

Evans Harbour, Ormond Beach (81), Jim Kehoe, Bradenton (79) def. 1 up

Second Flight

Round: Round of 16

Roger Allen, Lake Worth (89) def. Barry Beaufort, Jacksonville (91), 3 and 2

William Anthony, Jacksonville (86) def. Bye, BYE

Dave Budney, Bayonet Point (87) def. Michael Hoffman, Howey-in-the-Hills (101), 6 and 5

Kenneth Moody, Homosassa (89) def. Gerry Stellwagen, Nokomis (92), 5 and 4

Tommy Piazza, Sarasota (85) def. Bye, BYE

Richard Stillwagon, Inverness (89) def. Roland Nazworth, Saint Augustine (94), 2 and 1

Joe Thompson, Fort Myers (90) def. Jack Gleason, Tampa (91), 4 and 3

James Wiley, Tampa (87) def. Bye, BYE

Round: Quarterfinal

William Anthony, Jacksonville (86) def. Roger Allen, Lake Worth (89), 1 up

Dave Budney, Bayonet Point (87) def. Richard Stillwagon, Inverness (89), 2 up

Joe Thompson, Fort Myers (90) def. Tommy Piazza, Sarasota (85), 1 up

James Wiley, Tampa (87) def. Kenneth Moody, Homosassa (89), 5 and 4

Super Senior Flight

Round: Round of 16

Larre Barrett, Homosassa (76) def. Sonny Mueller, Melbourne (94), 10 and 8

Mike Craven, Naples (79) def. Tom Matey, Orlando (80), 8 and 6

David Donaldson, Fort Myers (87) def. Bill Western, Aiken (78), 1 up

Don Lambert, Foley (79) def. Russell Smith, Odessa (80), 8 and 6

Rennie Law, Tampa (77) def. Terry Louis, Palm Beach Gardens (93), 1 up

Phil Leckey, Tampa (78) def. Sam Loethen, Homosassa (82), 6 and 5

Max Mathews, Andalusia (73) def. Bill Morton, Jupiter (102), 9 and 8

Terry Shook, Bayonet Point (76) def. Gus Gregory, Coral Gables (101), 8 and 6

Round: Quarterfinal

Mike Craven, Naples (79) def. Max Mathews, Andalusia (73), 1 up

Don Lambert, Foley (79) def. Terry Shook, Bayonet Point (76), 2 and 1

Rennie Law, Tampa (77) def. David Donaldson, Fort Myers (87), 2 and 1

Phil Leckey, Tampa (78) def. Larre Barrett, Homosassa (76), 1 up

ABOUT THE Florida Senior Match Play

The Senior Championship is for those individuals over the age of 55. Two age divisions, 55-64 and 65 and over, will compete with one round of stroke play qualifying followed by single elimination match play rounds to determine winners in each division.

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