Florida Men's Interclub Championship: Hunter's Green Wins
DUNNELON, Fla. (April 5)--Hunter’s Green Country Club had a come-from-behind victory in the 2009 Men’s Interclub Team Championship at Juliette Falls in Dunnellon, April 4-5. After six weeks of matches and two rounds of play-offs, Hunter’s Green beat out six other Regional Champions to be crowned the Interclub State Champions.
Hunter’s Green earned 199 points in the first round to sit four points behind the first round leader and 2008 Champions, LaCita Golf & Country Club. Coming out strong in the second round, Hunter's Green rallied from behind and posted 214 points to lap the field by five points, earning a tournament total of 413 points. LaCita Golf & Country Club finished in second with 409 points, while Amelia Island Plantation finished in third place with 408 points.
After two rounds of playoffs, Hunter’s Green Country Club, in Tampa, won the Tampa Bay Region. LaCita Golf and Country Club, in Titusville, emerged as the Central Region Champions. Amelia Island Plantation, in Amelia Island, grabbed the title of the Northeast Region. Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club, from Dunnellon, won the Ocala Region. Miccosukee Country Club, from Miami, claimed the South Region title, Indian Bayou Golf Club, in Destin, claimed the Panhandle Region, and Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, in San Antonio, captured the North Tampa Bay Region title.
In the State Championship, the six lowest individual net scores (highest net Stableford points) per team count. 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 Juliette Falls. 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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