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Florida Senior Match Play: Finals Set for Thursday
19 Jul 2006
see also: Florida (FSGA) Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, TBD

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TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA (July 19, 2006) --Two players in each flight have advanced to the finals of the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship to begin at 7:30 am on Thursday, July 20 at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs.

In the Senior Division Championship flight, the finals will feature the 2004 Senior Amateur Champion Bruce Scamehorn versus Berger Warner. Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, went 5-under in his semifinal match to defeat Fred Peel 5 and 3. Scamehorn beat 2005 Senior Amateur Champion Edward Craig in the quarters en route to advancing to the semis. It took 22 holes for Warner to secure his spot in the finals. Warner, of Ocala, made a great up and down to par the 22nd hole to win the match.

Second seed Doug Ballenger, of Port St. Lucie, will play the forth seed Harvey Barish, of Hollywood, in the finals of the Senior Division first flight. Ballenger defeated Michael Benham 2 and 1 while Barish won 6 and 5 over Evans Harbour. The Senior Division second flight will also feature the second seed against the fourth seed in the final match. Second seed William Anthony, of Jacksonville, won his match 3 and 2 and is up next against Dave Budney, of Bayonet Point. Budney, the fourth seed, finished 1 up to win his match over Joe Thompson.

In the Super Senior Division, Mike Craven upset the top seed in the quarters and went on to beat Rennie Law, the 2005 Super Senior Amateur Champion, in the semifinals. Craven won the match on the 19th hole. Craven’s opponent in the finals is Phil Leckey, of Tampa, who won his match 1 up.

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.

For tee-times, pairings, and complete results, please visit www.fsga.org.

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

Round: Semifinal

Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven (71) def. Fred Peel, Chipley (79), 5 and 3

Berger Warner, Ocala (76) def. Frank Saxon, Mulberry (75), 22 holes

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

Round: Semifinal

Doug Ballenger, Port Saint Lucie (80) def. Michael Benham, Ocala (80), 2 and 1

Harvey Barish, Hollywood (80) def. Evans Harbour, Ormond Beach (81), 6 and 5

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

Round: Semifinal

William Anthony, Jacksonville (86) def. James Wiley, Tampa (87), 3 and 2

Dave Budney, Bayonet Point (87) def. Joe Thompson, Fort Myers (90), 1 up

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

Round: Semifinal

Mike Craven, Naples (79) def. Rennie Law, Tampa (77), 19 holes

Phil Leckey, Tampa (78) def. Don Lambert, Foley (79), 1 up

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