Florida (FSGA) Amateur Championship
05 Apr 2006
see also: Florida Amateur Golf Championship, The Concession Golf Club


TAMPA, FL (April 5, 2006) -- The top amateurs in the state will compete at Pine Tree Golf Club and Hunters Run Golf and Racquet Club in Boynton Beach on June 22-25 in the 89th Amateur Championship. First, competitors must attempt to qualify for the Championship at one of 13 sites across the state. Register online at www.fsga.org as entries close for the Amateur on May 10.

From May 31 – June 12, the Florida State Golf Association will conduct 13 qualifying tournaments of 18 holes of stroke play for golfers trying to advance to the Amateur Championship at Pine Tree. In the Championship, participants will play 18 holes each at Pine Tree and Hunters Run on June 22-23. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be played at Pine Tree on June 24-25.

Defending Champion, Ryan Abbate, of Fort Lauderdale, fired a 66-69-72-70—277 to win last year at Bear Lakes. Abbate, as well as other former State Amateur Champions, are exempt from the qualifying.

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 Qualifiers:

May 31 - Red Tail GC, Sorrento

June 1 - The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland

June 1 - The Club at Emerald Hills, Hollywood

June 3 - Shalimar Pointe CC, Shalimar

June 5 - River Hills CC, Valrico

June 5 - Bear Lakes CC, West Palm Beach

June 7 - Lakewood Ranch G & CC, Bradenton

June 7 - The Club at the Strand, Naples

June 9 - PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie

June 12 - GC at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach

June 12 - CC of Ocala, Ocala

June 12 - Southwood GC, Tallahassee

June 12 - Orange Tree GC, Orlando

To register for a qualifying site for the Amateur Championship, please visit www.fsga.org.

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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