TAMPA, Fla. (April 6, 2008)--LaCita Golf and Country Club earned 12 points in the playoff to win the second Men’s Interclub Team Championship at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club in Tampa on April 5-6. After six weeks of matches and two rounds of play-offs, LaCita beat out seven other Regional Champions to be crowned the Interclub State Champions.
After the first round, LaCita Golf and Country Club and Miccosukee Country Club were tied for the lead each gaining 302 net stableford points. The final round was cancelled due to weather, forcing a playoff between the leading teams. In the playoff, all eight players from each team headed to the par 3, 17th hole to determine the Champion. Miccosukee got off to an early lead earning four points to LaCita’s two points. LaCita jumped in front 6-5 and remained on top by one point with one group remaining. In the final pairing, Miccosukee went up 10-9 with LaCita needing a two-putt for the win. LaCita gained three points making a birdie putt to clinch the victory 12-10.
After two rounds of playoffs, LaCita Golf and Country Club, in Titusville, emerged as the East Central Region Champions. Miccosukee Country Club, from Miami, claimed the Southeast Region title, Eagle Ridge Golf Club, in Summerfield, claimed the Northeast Region, Bluewater Bay Resort, in Niceville, won the Northwest Region, Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, in San Antonio, captured the West Central Region, TPC Prestancia, from Sarasota, won the Suncoast Region, Lake Ashton Golf Club, in Lake Wales, won the Tampa Bay Region, and Wilderness Country Club, from Naples, won the Southwest title.
In the State Championship, the six lowest individual net scores (highest net Stableford points) and three lowest four-ball net scores (highest net Stableford points). The team with the highest number of points will be crowned the Interclub State Champions. Net Stableford points are as follows: Double Eagle 5-points, Eagle 4-points, Birdie 3-points, Par 2-points, Bogey 1-point, Double Bogey or higher 0-points
The Men's Interclub Team Matches began in January and included six weeks of home and away matches, followed by regional play-offs and a State Championship at Tampa Palms. Matches are played on Thursday afternoons and utilize full handicaps (18.4 indexes and below) featuring eight players from each team competing against another local club. All competitors play an individual 18-hole match and at the same time, play with a partner from their team in a four-ball match against two players from the opposing team (2-man, best ball).
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