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FSGA Mid-Amateur: Voisin beats Chay in Final

Lecanto, Fla. (October 1, 2006) – Bret Voisin defeated Noi Chay in the final match to win the 25th Mid-Amateur Championship at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto on September 28-October 1.

Bret Voisin, of Orlando, last year’s Mid-Amateur runner up, earned the 14th seed after posting a 75-74—149 in the stoke play qualifying to advance to match play. “I like match play,” said Voisin. “I believe the putter is the most important club in match play, and I am very confident in my putting.” Voisin won four matches en route to the finals including beating Darryl Osler, of Boca Raton, 4 and 3 in the semifinals. “I was a little shaky in my earlier matches,” said Voisin. “I continued to hit the ball well and bring myself back into the matches.” In the final match versus Chay, Voisin made four birdies to make the turn at 4-under while Chay shot even par to be three down. After both players bogeyed the 10th hole and birdied the 11th hole, Chay made a tremendous par after hitting his approach shot from under an oak tree just short of the green to close the gap at two. Voisin and Chay birdied the par five 14th hole and halved the next three holes with Voisin making a three foot putt on the 17th hole to capture the Mid-Amateur Championship 2 and 1. “I feel very fortunate to win,” said Voisin. “I made a lot of putts and just hung in there.” With this win, Voisin was named to represent Florida in the Southeastern Challenge Matches on October 14-15 in Georgia. Voisin now has three state titles including the 2004 Four-Ball Championship and 2005 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Championship.

Chay also posted a 149 in stroke play and beat Tommy Dudley, of Jacksonville, in the semifinals 5 and 4. In the quarterfinals, Dudley upset top seed and 2004 Champion Steve Carter in 20 holes.

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. Playing the Quarry course, the Championship consisted of 36-holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday and Friday with the low 32 advancing to the match play on Saturday and Sunday. Black Diamond has hosted the Mid-Amateur Championship in 1988 and 2000.

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. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

(Courtesy FSGA)

25th Mid-Amateur Championship September 28 – October 1, 2006 Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course Lecanto, Florida

Par 72; 7044 yards Round of 32

Steve Carter, Saint Augustine (139) def. Paul Irvin, Belleview (154), 3 and 1 Jim Kelly, Heathrow (150) def. Robert Hess, Casselberry (150), 4 and 3 Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville (148) def. Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs (152), 3 and 2 Danny Simmerman, Fort Myers (151) def. T J Cosgrove, Bonita Springs (148), 1 up Edward Kenny, Lake Worth (145) def. Tim Kremer, Saint Lucie West (153), 2 and 1 Patrick Olive, Holiday (149) def. Tim Hume, Tampa (150), 5 and 3 Will Sprague, Jacksonville (153) def. Doug Snoap, Apopka (146), 3 and 2 Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes (149) def. Juan Aller, Miramar (150), 2 and 1 Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora (141) def. Brian Keenan, Tampa (153), 20 holes Ken Saksa, Naples (150) def. Robert McMann, Longwood (150), 2 and 1 Pete Leveille, Orlando (148) def. Jeff Neugebauer, Odessa (152), 4 and 3 Darryl Osler, Boca Raton (148) def. Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale (151), 2 up Andy Purnell, Jacksonville (153) def. Robert Parker, Sanford (145), 19 holes Bret Voisin, Orlando (149) def. John Hewlin, Bradenton (150), 5 and 4 Ken Dawson, Merritt Island (147) def. Chad Jarrel, Jupiter (152), 3 and 2 Artie Scott, Tequesta (149) def. David Garratt, Cape Coral (151), 5 and 4 Round of 16 Steve Carter, Saint Augustine (139) def. Jim Kelly, Heathrow (150), 4 and 3 Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville (148) def. Danny Simmerman, Fort Myers (151), 4 and 3 Patrick Olive, Holiday (149) def. Edward Kenny, Lake Worth (145), 5 and 4 Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes (149) def. Will Sprague, Jacksonville (153), 2 and 1 Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora (141) def. Ken Saksa, Naples (150), 2 and 1 Darryl Osler, Boca Raton (148) def. Pete Leveille, Orlando (148), 1 up Bret Voisin, Orlando (149) def. Andy Purnell, Jacksonville (153), 1 up Ken Dawson, Merritt Island (147) def. Artie Scott, Tequesta (149), 3 and 2

Quarterfinal Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville (148) def. Steve Carter, Saint Augustine (139), 20 holes Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes (149) def. Patrick Olive, Holiday (149), 1 up Darryl Osler, Boca Raton (148) def. Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora (141), 1 up Bret Voisin, Orlando (149) def. Ken Dawson, Merritt Island (147), 5 and 4

Semifinal Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes (149) def. Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville (148), 5 and 4 Bret Voisin, Orlando (149) def. Darryl Osler, Boca Raton (148), 4 and 3

Final Bret Voisin, Orlando (149) def. Noi Chay, Land o'Lakes (149), 2 and 1

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