WEST PALM BEACH - Professionals from the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section retained the Sam Smidt Cup on Monday (Dec. 6) with a 30 ½ to 23 ½ victory over amateurs from the Palm Beach County Golf Association at Bear Lakes Country Club.
It was the fourth straight win for the pros, who lead the overall series with six victories to four by the PBCGA. The 1996 match ended in a tie.
Southeast senior Roger Kennedy of Stuart and former Palm Beach County Amateur champion Mike Nealy of Boca Raton were the only players to win all three of their points on the Lakes course.
There were three matches within each foursome, a four-ball and two singles. Scoring was on a nassau basis, with points awarded for winning the front nine, the back nine and the match. There were three points at stake in each match, nine within each foursome. Each team had 12 players, including two seniors.
Smidt was a longtime rules official in Florida who died Sept. 24, 1992, at the age of 70. He was inducted into the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame in August.
Sam Smidt Cup
Bear Lakes CC, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Lakes course, 6,700 yards, par 72
Roger Kennedy and Jerry Tucker, Stuart (SE), d. Tim Cox and Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens, 3-0. Kennedy d. Cox, 3-0. Tucker d. Keller, 2 ½ to ½ (seniors).
Tom Cleaver and Mike Anderson, Boca Raton (SE), halved with Brad Ball, West Palm Beach, and Matt Genchi, Jupiter, 1 ½ to 1 ½. Cleaver d. Ball, 2 ½ to ½. Genchi d. Anderson, 2-1.
David Abell, Jupiter, and Eoghan O'Connell, Palm Beach Gardens (PB), d. Tom Fischer, Delray Beach, and David Von Hoffman, Boca Raton, 2 ½ to ½. Abell d. Fischer, 3-0. Von Hoffman d. O'Connell, 2 ½ to ½.
Jim Karr, Palm Beach, and Alan Zimmerman, Palm Beach Gardens (SE), halved with Brent Bush, Palm Beach Gardens, and Larry Monteith, Jupiter, 1 ½ to 1 ½. Karr d. Bush, 2 ½ to ½. Zimmerman d. Monteith, 2 ½ to ½.
Ed Humenik, Palm City, and Danny St. Louis, West Palm Beach (SE) d. David Roschman, Jupiter, and Andy Johncke, Palm Beach Gardens, 2 ½ to ½. Humenik d. Roschman, 2 and 1. St. Louis and Johncke halved, 1 ½ to 1 ½.
Mike Nealy, Boca Raton, and R.J. Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens (PB), d. Steve Harrop, Palm City, and Lou Bartoletti, Wellington, 3-0. Nealy d. Harrop, 3-0. Nakashian and Bartoletti halved, 1 ½ to 1 ½.
Final score: Southeast Chapter 30 ½, Palm Beach County GC, 23 ½.