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FSGA Mid-Amateur: Two Share Round 1 Lead

TAMPA, Fla. (September 28, 2006) – Past Mid-Amateur Champions Jon Veneziano and Steve Carter each fired a 3-under par 69 on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto to share the first round lead in the 25th Mid-Amateur Championship. The Championship will continue with a 9:00 am shotgun tomorrow, September 29 with the low 32 advancing to match play through the weekend.

Defending Champion Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, and the 2004 Champion Steve Carter, of Jacksonville, posted a 69 to top the field of 90 by two strokes. Both Veneziano and Carter were selected to represent Florida in the Southeastern Challenge Matches in October. In July, Veneziano won the Public Links Championship. Four players recorded a 71 including the 2006 Four-Ball Champion Edward Kenny, of Lake Worth. Kenny paired with Paul Melson to win the Four-Ball Championship and also placed second in this year’s Amateur Championship. Four players shot even par in the first round to be three back from the leaders. Two-time Public Links Champion Robert Parker, of Sanford, posted a 72 as he goes for his third State title.

To be eligible for the State Mid-Amateur, participants must be 25 years of age or older. More than 570 entries were received for this year’s Championship setting a new record for entries filed. Participants qualified in an 18-hole stroke play format to advance to the Championship. The Championship consists of 36-holes of stroke play qualifying over the first two days with the low 32 advancing to the match play on Saturday and Sunday.

25th Mid-Amateur Championship Round 1 – September 28, 2006 Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course Par 72 – 7029 Yards

Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora, 69 Steve Carter, Saint Augustine, 69 Robert Bechtol, Tallahassee, 71 Ken Dawson, Merritt Island, 71 Danny Simmerman, Fort Myers, 71 Edward Kenny, Lake Worth, 71 Jeff Neugebauer, Odessa, 72 Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes, 72 Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville, 72 Robert Parker, Sanford, 72 Juan Aller, Miramar, 73 Chad Jarrel, Jupiter, 73 Troy Wheat, Boynton Beach, 74 Pete Leveille, Orlando, 74 Doug Snoap, Apopka, 74 John Crum, Saint Petersburg, 74 Scott Smith, Ponte Vedra Beach, 74 Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs, 74 Will Sprague, Jacksonville, 74 Nathan Oberle, Winter Garden, 75 Brian Keenan, Tampa, 75 Tim Hume, Tampa, 75 Artie Scott, Tequesta, 75 Tim Kremer, Saint Lucie West, 75 David Garratt, Cape Coral, 75 Bret Voisin, Orlando, 75 Robert Hess, Casselberry, 76 J W Howard, Weston, 76 Andy Purnell, Jacksonville, 76 Ken Stevenson, Tallahassee, 76 T J Cosgrove, Bonita Springs, 76 Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, 76 Ken Palladino, Dunedin, 76 Cecil Howard, Orlando, 76 Cap Caponi, Orlando, 76 Paul Irvin, Belleview, 77 Rokki Rogan, Fort Myers, 77 Ken Saksa, Naples, 77 Gary Cona, Valrico, 77 Sean O'Malia, Pinellas Park, 77 Jim Kelly, Heathrow, 77 John Hewlin, Bradenton, 77 Paul Melson, Plantation, 77 Ryan Konkus, Tequesta, 77 Jaime Girardi, New Port Richey, 78 Jeff Decker, Oviedo, 78 Danny Day, Winter Springs, 78 William Osmun, Flagler Beach, 78 Robert McMann, Longwood, 78 Jeffrey Conroy, Destin, 78 Felix Bertucci, Gulfport, 78 Patrick Olive, Holiday, 78 Lee Booker, Naples, 78 Brian Johnson, Coral Springs, 79 Jim Bachstein, Fort Lauderdale, 79 Jacques Legere, Fort Myers, 79 Chad Ibbotson, Sanford, 79 Adam Chorzelewski, Pompano Beach, 79 Bruce Sands, Fort Myers, 80 Brian Coffey, Tequesta, 80 Tim Murray, Tallahassee, 80 Matt Jozwiak, Wesley Chapel, 80 Michael Wallen, Apopka, 80 Dan Hernon, Lake Mary, 80 Eric Robbins, Deerfield Beach, 80 Jose Novo, Miami, 80 Richard Maddox, Panama City, 80 Samuel Martinez, Miami, 81 Mark McCabe, Naples, 81 Larry Smith, Saint Augustine, 81 Gett Johnson, Tallahassee, 81 John Bessette, Ocoee, 81 Howard Vaughn, New Port Richey, 81 Kyle Beebe, Marianna, 81 Darryl Osler, Boca Raton, 81 Peter Burke, Orlando, 82 Frank Strafaci, Davie, 82 P J Penrose, Saint Petersburg, 82 David Moxey, Coral Springs, 84 Bill Griffith, Miami Shores, 85 Daniel Fischer, Temple Terrace, 85 Bob Hinkle, Tallahassee, 86 Charles Kovaleski, Winter Park, 86 John Parrott, Winter Garden, 87 Drew Gillan, Winter Haven, 88 Mark Rubin, Miami Beach, 88 Robert Valashinas, Boynton Beach, 89 Chad Frank, Sanford, 89 Dan Kaelin, Tallahassee, 92 Mike Lile, Saint Augustine, 102

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