JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (Feb 10, 2006) -– North Florida becomes the first
team in Florida Cup history to defend the title as they defeated the South team
by a score of 17 points to 15 points at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville
on February 9-10, 2006. With this win, the North now leads the series 3-2.
After the first day of the Florida Cup Matches, the South team led the North
team 8 ½ points to 7 ½ points. In the morning round of four-ball
match play, the North team led after earning 4 ½ points while the South
team gained 3 ½ points. In the second round of foursomes alternate shot,
the South team jumped in front winning five of the eight matches taking the
lead by one point going into the final round of singles match play.
On the final day, the North team gained 9 ½ points to the South’s
6 ½ points in singles match play giving North Florida the title for the
second year in a row. The 2003 State Amateur Champion Richard Maddox led the
North team winning his match 5-4 over Jim Weick. In a battle of 2005 Champions,
Mid-Amateur Champion Jon Veneziano defeated reigning Amateur Champion Ryan Abbate
4-3. David Anthony and Andy Purnell, both playing for the North, also won their
matches 4-3. Bret Voisin, of the North team and Mid-Amateur runner-up, defeated
Brian Johnson 2 up as did Peter Dachisen win his match 2 up. Anthony and fellow
North team member Michael Gilbourne each won all of their three matches in the
event. Leading the South team was Brent Bush who defeated Mid-Senior Champion
David Sutton 6-4. Bush and teammate Rick Bauch went undefeated during the tournament
with a 3-0 record. It was an exciting final round as eight of the singles matches
came down to the last hole with three finishing at all square.
Held every two years, the Florida Cup Matches vie the top 16 amateurs from
North Florida versus the top 16 amateurs from South Florida. Using a Ryder-Cup
format, the winner is determined by the number of points earned throughout the
two days. The Matches were originally set for November 3-4, 2005 but were postponed
due to Hurricane Wilma. This is the first time that a team has defended the
Cup. In 2003, North Florida won the Matches 20-12 to even the series at 2-2.
In 2001, South Florida won with an 18.5 to 13.5 victory at Lago Mar Country
Club in Plantation. North Florida won the Matches in 1999 and the South team
won in 1997.
Playing for the North Team was Cap Caponi, of Orlando, Peter Dachisen, of Wesley
Chapel, Ken Godwin, of Ocala, Curtis Madson, of Mount Dora, Robert Parker, of
Sanford, Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, Kim Schwencke, from Temple Terrace,
Doug Snoap, from Apopka, Bret Voisin, of Orlando, David Anthony, of Jacksonville,
Michael Gilbourne, from Neptune Beach, Joe Cristillo, of Crystal River, Andy
Purnell, of Jacksonville, David Sutton, of Maitland, Jon Veneziano, of Mount
Dora, and Richard Maddox, from Panama City.
The South Team included Rick Bauch, of Naples, Eddie Bass, of University Park,
Lenny Loyd, from Port Saint Lucie, Carey Watson, from Coral Springs, Brian Johnson,
from Coral Springs, Mark Leetzow, of Sarasota, Ryan Abbate, of Fort Lauderdale,
Scott Kennedy, from Pompano Beach, R J Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, Brandon
Smith, of Lake Worth, Jackie Miller, of Naples, James Weick, from Fort Lauderdale,
Scott Brassard, of Hollywood, Lee Booker, from Naples, Scott Turner, from Palm
City, and Brent Bush, from Palm Beach Gardens.
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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.