Florida State Public Links: Veneziano Wins by 6

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (July 23, 2006) -- Jon Veneziano fired a three-round tournament total of 1-under par 215 to win the Florida State Public Links Championship at Grande Pines Golf Club in Orlando on July 21-23.

Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, played steady golf to post scores of 73-71-71 to win the Championship by six strokes. Veneziano’s back-to-back scores of 71 were the only under par rounds of the tournament. With threatening weather on the final day, Veneziano jumped ahead of the field holing out for eagle on the par four 9th hole. This is Veneziano’s second state title as he won last year’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Jimi Brindell, the first and second round co-leader, recorded a 77 in the final round to fall to second place. Brindell, of Tequesta, shot a pair of 72’s in the first two rounds to give him a share of the lead after each round. Brindell’s second round even par included a two stroke penalty. Devin Patel, of Celebration, posted scores of 76-72-75—223 to take third place while the 2001 Public Links Champion Paul Melson, of Plantation, placed fourth with a 226 total. The 2004 and 2005 Public Links Champion Robert Parker, of Sanford, tied for 14th place. Another Mount Dora resident, Curt Madson, won the first flight shooting a 231 total and Kenneth Roy, of Jacksonville, and Robert Cupper, of Hollywood, shared top honors in the second flight with a 242 total.

The Public Links Championship is open to bona fide public course players who are not members of a private club and also do not have a handicap index any higher than 6.4. Competitors played 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days with the field flighted after 36 holes.

ABOUT THE FSGA 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 over 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.

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Final results from The FSGA Public Links Championship: Grande Pines GC, Orlando, July 21-23, 2006

Championship Flight

Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora, 73-71-71--215 Jimi Brindell, Tequesta, 72-72-77--221 Devin Patel, Celebration, 76-72-75--223 Paul Melson, Plantation, 75-78-73--226 Judson Eustaquio, Lake Worth, 78-73-76--227 John Hewlin, Bradenton, 75-73-79--227 Clayton Gamber, Miami, 77-74-77--228 Kelly Gosse, Inverness, 75-72-81--228 Michael Muller, Vero Beach, 76-78-75--229 Brandon Smith, West Palm Beach, 75-73-81--229 Todd Schmitt, Orlando, 78-77-75--230 Andrew Pressentin, Palmetto Bay, 76-77-77--230 Don Sciotto, Palm Valley, 76-77-77--230 Robert Parker, Sanford, 75-78-78--231 Danny Day, Winter Springs, 74-77-80--231 Douglas Jones, Brandon, 79-73-79--231 Scott Turner, Palm City, 72-79-80--231 Samuel Martinez, Miami, 77-78-77--232 Chris Toomy, Parkland, 75-75-82--232 Marais Lombard, Pompano Beach, 75-77-81--233 Doug Snoap, Apopka, 81-74-79--234 Donnie Lowe, Saint Augustine Beach, 82-72-82--236 Jose Novo, Miami, 77-76-84--237 Joseph Latowski, Port Saint Lucie, 78-76-85--239 Michael Rafalowicz, Key Biscayne, 79-74-87--240 Todd Elliott, Bradenton, 77-77-NS--NS

First Flight

Curt Madson, Mount Dora, 81-75-75--231 Jacob Richard, Melbourne, 81-78-76--235 Brian Friederichs, Boca Raton, 86-77-72--235 Brett Marinelli, Tampa, 75-82-80--237 Taylor Welch, Fort Lauderdale, 74-83-82--239 Tom Miller, Daytona Beach, 75-83-81--239 Paul Sullivan, Maitland, 79-84-76--239 Johnny Pak, Wellington, 76-80-83--239 Lance Capozzoli, Ocoee, 79-81-80--240 Mark Beckworth, Jacksonville, 84-77-80--241 Juan Aller, Miramar, 83-77-81--241 Scott Bell, Pensacola, 83-77-81--241 Justin Onorati, Tamarac, 79-80-82--241 Kurt Murphy, Fort Lauderdale, 74-87-82--243 Michael Payne, Orlando, 81-77-86--244 Michael Frederick, Homestead, 77-80-87--244 Kevin Belza, Gainesville, 80-82-84--246 Kevin Steakin, Wellington, 85-78-84--247 Ed Trinidad, Miami, 82-77-91--250 Brian Mills, Orange Park, 78-83-89--250 Justin Bell, Jupiter, 84-79-87--250 Sam Schafer, Jensen Beach, 83-81-90--254 Louis Bell, Orlando, 85-76-NS--NS Chris Leggett, Green Cove Springs, 82-80-NS--NS Jim Hammons, Port Orange, 85-79-NC--NC Nick Pincket, Davie, 79-77-NC—NC Second Flight

Kenneth Roy, Jacksonville, 81-85-76--242 Robert Cupper, Hollywood, 91-75-76--242 Logan Toskey, Renton, 86-82-77--245 Scott Stowell, Royal Palm Beach, 86-80-81--247 Vic Morelli, Oldsmar, 86-79-84--249 Eric Grutka, Jensen Beach, 84-84-81--249 Billy Gregory, Clermont, 85-84-81--250 Courtney Ashburn, Tallahassee, 88-79-84--251 Leigh Fessenden, Miramar, 82-87-84--253 Tom Bergman, Jacksonville, 90-86-79--255 Daniel Cabrera, Parkland, 80-86-92--258 Whit Watson, Winter Park, 86-82-90--258 Roger Flaherty, San Antonio, 81-88-89--258 Robert McNaughton, Bradenton, 88-90-83--261 Steve Geisler, Sarasota, 87-89-85--261 Frank Denallo, Independence, 82-91-89--262 Jerry Brigance, Jacksonville, 89-86-87--262 Bruce Harris, Ocala, 82-88-93--263 John Richardson, Mount Dora, 89-90-88--267 William Marsh, Orlando, 86-98-83--267 Hank Porter, Naples, 87-91-91--269 Tom Reeder, Orlando, 98-86-91--275 Craig Gustavson, Vero Beach, 102-90-86--278 Sean McNaughton, Bradenton, 97-93-98--288 Marty Gonzalez, Palm Beach Gardens, 99-98-94--291 Daniel Fulmer, Marianna, 88-90-NS--NS Chase Mills, Orange Park, 81-93-NS--NS Scott Schwartzberg, Plantation, 91-93-NS--NS

ABOUT THE Florida Amateur Public Links

For public course players, the Public Links Championship is 36 holes of stroke play and flighted after 18 holes. Competitors must be bona fide public course players who have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges at any private club maintaining its own course. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges at a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which he/she attends, or (2) a federal armed service at which he/she is a member, or (3) an industry by which he/she is employed. Players must be a member of the FSGA.

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