Chip Brooke will face Chris Fabozzi in the Florida-Mid-Amateur final
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Black Diamond Ranch
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LECANTO, FL (October 9, 2016) -- No. 9 Chip Brooke and No. 11 Chris Fabozzi are the only two players remaining at the Florida Mid-Amateur. The two will begin their championship match at Black Diamond Ranch at 9:00 a.m. Columbus Day morning.

Brooke punched his championship match ticket following a 2&1 win over top-seed and co-medalist TJ Shuart in the quarterfinals and then a 1 up triumph over No. 12 Matthew Giovannelli in the semifinals. Against Shuart, Brooke was 3 down at the turn but was able to rally and win holes 10-12 to square the match and then Nos. 14 and 17 to win the tilt.

In the semifinals Brooke had to hold on for dear life. After nine holes Brooke held a comfortable 4 up lead, only to watch as Giovannelli rallied to tie the match on the 15th following four straight wins. Unfazed, Brooke responded with a win on the 17th hole to retake the lead and then sealed the deal with a closing hole halve.

Fabozzi began his day with a 3&1 win over three- seed Glenn Przybylski in the quarterfinals. With the match all-square through 14-holes, Fabozzi took control late with wins on Nos. 15, 16 and 17.

In the semifinals against No. 15 Joe Alfieri, Fabozzi was able to win a seesaw battle on the 20th hole. Alfieri sent the match to extra holes with a win on No. 18 but it was Fabozzi who was able to move on thanks to a win on the second extra hole.


Co-medalist and top- seed TJ Shuart are among those still alive after the first day of match play at the Florida Mid-Amateur. Shuart was able to advance to the quarterfinals at Black Diamond Ranch thanks to a pair of 1 up wins over No. 32 Paul Tesori and No. 17-seed Paul Royak. The 2016 Coleman Invitational champion will now face nine- seed Chip Brooke in the quarters.

Michael Connors, who shared medalist honors with Shuart, won his Round of 32 match before falling in the Round of 16 to No. 15 Joe Alfieri 4&3. The winner of this years Florida Amateur Public Links, Alfieri will now square off against No. 7 Wayne Raath.

The other two Florida Mid-Amateur Quarterfinal matches feature:

No. 13 Steve Dana vs. No. 12 Matthew Giovannelli
No. 3 Glenn Przybylski vs. No. 11 Chris Fabozzi

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36 holes of stroke play determine a 32-player match play bracket. Must be age 25 or older and be a member of the FSGA.

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