The winning team from the Mission Inn Resort (FSGA photo)
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL (March 28, 2018) - The 2018 Men's Interclub Team Championship was held March 27-28 at the esteemed Mission Inn Resort, in Howey-in-the-Hills. Nine teams made it through sectional and regional qualifying to be named Regional Champions, and earn a spot in the field of the Interclub Team Championship. At the end of the event, host club Mission Inn was left standing as the wire-to-wire Champion.
The State Championship was played over two days of impeccable golf weather. Mission Inn Resort played an excellent host to the nine teams that made their way to the club nestled in the central Florida hills. During Tuesdays first round, Mission Inn got off to a roaring start and never looked back. After Round One was completed, the team consisting of Houston Hill, Larry Glock, Terry Dinsmore, Randy Chaney, Dan Dowdall, Herm Arnold, Joe Lewandowski and Doug Herron, sat comfortably with an 15 point lead over Pelican's Nest Golf Club.
Day Two played much more difficult than the first day, with no teams reaching 190 points (On Day One, four teams finished with more than 190 points). Thanks to their large lead, Mission Inn was able to hang on to their lead and ultimately win the Championship after a less than stellar second day. Mission Inn accumulated 216 stableford points the first day, then only 175 stableford points on the second day. Their 391 point total was good enough to win by eight points over Tiger Point Golf & Country Club. River Strand Golf & Country Club, who finished with 381 points - ten points behind Mission Inn, finished third. The low round of the tournament went to Mission Inn team member Houston Hill, who shot a first round 68 to help give Mission Inn their large lead.
The 2018 Men's Interclub season began with 124 teams competing from all across the State. Nine Regional Championship teams listed below earned their spot at the State Championship held at the Mission Inn Resort.
Tampa Bay Region: Westchase Golf Club, Tampa
Suncoast Region: River Strand Golf & Country Club, Bradenton
West Region: Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, Tampa
Naples 2 Region: Pelican's Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs
Central Region: Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-in-the-Hills
Naples Region: The Club at Olde Cypress, Naples
Northeast Region: The Palencia Club, St. Augustine
Panhandle Region: Tiger Point Golf & Country Club, Gulf Breeze
Treasure Coast Region: Lacita Golf & Country Club, Titusville
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 is crowned the Interclub State Champion. 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.