Florida State Amateur: Wire to Wire win for Abbate
26 Jun 2005
see also: Florida Amateur Golf Championship, The Concession Golf Club


WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 26, 2005) -– Ryan Abbate outlasted a weather delay to fire a final round score of 2-under par 70 to capture the 88th Florida State Amateur Championship at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach.

Abbate, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, went wire-to-wire winning the title with a tournament total of 11-under par 277. In the first round, Abbate shot a 6-under par 66 on the Links course and a 69 in the second round on the Lakes course to lead the field of 74 players advancing to the weekend rounds. Playing the final 36 holes of the Championship on the Lakes course at 7,386 yards, Abbate shot even par in the third round to take a 5-stroke lead going into the final day. After an hour and six minute weather delay, Abbate posted a 70 to secure a 4-stroke victory. Abbate, who played college golf at Southern Methodist University, now has a perfect Amateur Championship record since this was his first attempt at the title. The 2002 Amateur Champion, Ty Harris, of Longwood, made a surge with a 3-under par 69 in the final round for second place honors. Harris recorded a 74 in the first round and then made his move firing the low round of the Championship on the Lakes course, 66, in the second round. After an even par in the third round, Harris was tied for second place with Michael Nealy going into the final day. Harris finished the tournament with a 4-round total of 281 while Nealy, of Boca Raton, fell to third place with a final round score of 75. Nealy’s first three rounds of 70-67-75 put him at 1-under par 287 for the Championship. Kyle Henderson, of Clermont, a Florida Junior Tour member, secured fourth place with steady rounds of 69-72-74-75—290. Brad Doster, of Winter Park, and Patrick Olive, of Holiday, shared fifth place shooting a tournament total of 292.

Abbate receives a crystal vase and his name inscribed on the Clarence Camp Championship Trophy. The top ten plus ties receive an exemption into next year’s Florida State Amateur Championship at Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach.

Before reaching the Championship, more than 780 participants attempted to qualify at one of 13 sites across the state. In the Championship, participants play 18 holes each at the Lakes and Links courses on June 23-24. After 36 holes, 74 players at a two-round total of 151 or better advanced to the final 36 holes of the Championship on the Lakes course on June 25-26. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Bear Lakes features two championship golf courses, the Lakes and Links. Bear Lakes hosted the Amateur in 1990 as well as the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2001.

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

* * * * Florida State Amateur Championship Results

Ryan Abbate, Fort Lauderdale, 66Links-69Lakes-72Lakes-70Lakes--277

Ty Harris, Longwood, 74Links-66Lakes-72Lakes-69Lakes--281

Michael Nealy, Boca Raton, 70Lakes-67Links-75Lakes-75Lakes--287

Kyle Henderson, Clermont, 69Links-72Lakes-74Lakes-75Lakes--290

Patrick Olive, Holiday, 74Lakes-72Links-69Lakes-77Lakes--292

Brad Doster, Winter Park, 71Links-73Lakes-77Lakes-71Lakes--292

David Roschman, Jupiter, 71Links-72Lakes-75Lakes-75Lakes--293

Matthew Galloway, Valrico, 72Links-73Lakes-77Lakes-72Lakes--294

Michael Giammaresi, Tampa, 76Lakes-73Links-73Lakes-72Lakes--294

David Steele, Bonita Springs, 70Links-78Lakes-72Lakes-74Lakes--294

Kelly Gosse, Inverness, 69Lakes-72Links-73Lakes-81Lakes--295

R J Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens, 69Links-76Lakes-73Lakes-77Lakes--295

Noah Goldman, Longwood, 72Lakes-73Links-76Lakes-74Lakes--295

Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, 68Links-76Lakes-78Lakes-74Lakes--296

Tim Stieren, Palm Beach Gardens, 71Links-80Lakes-75Lakes-70Lakes--296

Jeff Golden, Winter Park, 71Links-75Lakes-74Lakes-76Lakes--296

Eddie Peckels, Pinehurst, 72Lakes-71Links-73Lakes-81Lakes--297

Bret Voisin, Orlando, 75Lakes-74Links-73Lakes-75Lakes--297

Greg O'Mahony, Tequesta, 70Lakes-73Links-75Lakes-79Lakes--297

Ian Ross, Ocala, 73Lakes-72Links-78Lakes-75Lakes--298

Richard Maddox, Panama City, 80Lakes-67Links-75Lakes-76Lakes--298

Tim Hume, Tampa, 72Lakes-74Links-74Lakes-78Lakes--298

Paul Melson, Plantation, 77Lakes-72Links-72Lakes-77Lakes--298

Scott Turner, Palm City, 72Lakes-72Links-74Lakes-80Lakes--298

Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora, 72Links-74Lakes-74Lakes-78Lakes--298

Hernan Borja, Coral Springs, 74Lakes-71Links-71Lakes-83Lakes--299

David Anthony, Jacksonville, 74Lakes-72Links-77Lakes-76Lakes--299

Chappell Brown, West Palm Beach, 71Links-75Lakes-77Lakes-76Lakes--299

Larry Lunsford, Jacksonville, 73Lakes-76Links-74Lakes-76Lakes--299

Mark Leetzow, Sarasota, 71Links-76Lakes-74Lakes-78Lakes--299

Steve Carter, Jacksonville, 76Lakes-70Links-75Lakes-78Lakes--299

Jeff Dennis, Parkland, 76Lakes-71Links-76Lakes-77Lakes--300

Andy Purnell, Jacksonville, 75Links-75Lakes-73Lakes-77Lakes--300

Greg Forest, Palm City, 73Links-71Lakes-77Lakes-80Lakes--301

Frank Babusik, Pompano Beach, 68Links-77Lakes-75Lakes-81Lakes--301

Bobby Dyer, Valrico, 73Lakes-75Links-81Lakes-72Lakes--301

Christopher Anderson, Lake Mary, 68Links-78Lakes-77Lakes-79Lakes--302

Ivan Brannan, Panama City Beach, 73Links-75Lakes-77Lakes-77Lakes--302

Jimmy Lytle, Ocean Ridge, 75Lakes-71Links-76Lakes-80Lakes—302

Tommy Rymer, Tallahassee, 70Lakes-74Links-77Lakes-81Lakes--302

Robert Parker, Sanford, 71Links-75Lakes-73Lakes-83Lakes--302

Chase Baldwin, Plant City, 75Links-74Lakes-77Lakes-77Lakes--303

Judson Eustaquio, Lake Worth, 72Links-75Lakes-75Lakes-81Lakes--303

Justin May, Sarasota, 75Links-75Lakes-76Lakes-77Lakes--303

Doug Snoap, Apopka, 72Links-73Lakes-83Lakes-75Lakes--303

Phil Koch, Boca Raton, 73Lakes-73Links-78Lakes-80Lakes--304

Josh Skivington, West Palm Beach, 74Links-72Lakes-77Lakes-81Lakes--304

Edward Kenny, Lake Worth, 75Lakes-71Links-77Lakes-82Lakes--305

John Crum, Saint Petersburg, 76Lakes-73Links-75Lakes-81Lakes--305

Frank Buttacavoli, Miami Beach, 75Lakes-70Links-80Lakes-80Lakes—305

Jonas DeWitte, West Melbourne, 72Links-71Lakes-85Lakes-77Lakes--305

Parker Ferren, Tallahassee, 72Links-77Lakes-76Lakes-81Lakes--306

Tyler Hitchcock, Clermont, 70Links-80Lakes-80Lakes-76Lakes--306

Dion Gonsalves, Pembroke Pines, 72Links-74Lakes-79Lakes-82Lakes--307

Mike Gross, Tampa, 73Lakes-76Links-76Lakes-82Lakes--307

George Gandranata, Bradenton, 74Links-76Lakes-82Lakes-75Lakes--307

Chad Pereira, Saint Augustine, 71Links-76Lakes-78Lakes-83Lakes--308

Jason Elliott, Palm Harbor, 71Links-79Lakes-76Lakes-82Lakes--308

Ben Hartman, Palm Beach Gardens, 75Lakes-75Links-76Lakes-82Lakes--308

Adam Hoyer, Lutz, 75Links-72Lakes-80Lakes-81Lakes--308

George Roat, Windermere, 73Links-76Lakes-78Lakes-82Lakes--309

James Byrd, Windermere, 71Lakes-71Links-85Lakes-82Lakes--309

Rahul Sriram, Pensacola, 76Links-75Lakes-83Lakes-75Lakes--309

Preston Brown, Ponte Vedra Beach, 72Lakes-75Links-78Lakes-85Lakes--310

Jason Cranford, Lakeland, 77Lakes-72Links-79Lakes-82Lakes--310

Robert Baynard, Saint Petersburg, 71Links-79Lakes-77Lakes-84Lakes--311

David Haag, Boynton Beach, 79Lakes-69Links-81Lakes-82Lakes--311

Stuart Laake, Trinity, 76Lakes-73Links-83Lakes-79Lakes--311

Wes Pacheco, Jacksonville, 76Links-73Lakes-82Lakes-81Lakes--312

Tony Schissel, Longwood, 75Lakes-76Links-80Lakes-83Lakes--314

John Gering, Sarasota, 76Lakes-73Links-82Lakes-85Lakes--316

Dean Deadmon, Brandon, 74Lakes-77Links-87Lakes-88Lakes--326

ABOUT THE Florida State Amateur

Started in 1914, the Amateur Championship is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state of Florida. The field will include exempt players and players who have qualified through 18 holes of stroke play at one of the qualifying sites. The Championship features a field of 168 players split alternately on two golf courses the first two days. The field is reduced to the low 70 and ties after the first two rounds to play an additional 36 holes of stroke play.

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