Florida Holds On to Win Southeastern Challenge Match

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2010) -- The host team Florida scored 14 ½ points in the final-round of three-ball matches to build upon their lead and win the 13th Southeastern Challenge Match with 25 points to Georgia’s 22 ½ and Alabama’s 15 ½. The event took place at Lost Tree Club, October 16-17.

Georgia scored 13 points in the final-round, but it wasn’t enough to pull ahead after they trailed Florida by a point, 10 ½ to 9 ½, after the first day of competition. In Sunday’s matches, three players scored their maximum two points for Team Georgia: Mark Strickland of Woodstock swept his matches with a 2-up win over his Alabama opponent, and a 3-and-2 win against Florida; Greg Kennedy of Duluth finished 4 and 3 against Alabama and 1 up versus Florida; and Jack Hall of Sea Island won 4 and 3 over Alabama and 4 and 2 over Florida.

Larry Clark of Kingston and Doug Hanzel of Savannah each contributed 1 ½ points on the final day. Clark finished all square versus Alabama and posted a 3-and-1 victory over Florida, while Hanzel won 5 and 4 over Alabama and went all square with Florida.

Also tallying wins for Georgia on Sunday were Spencer Sappington of Milton (1 up over Alabama), Adam Cooper of Columbus (3 and 2 over Florida), Tevis Upton of Acworth (1 up over Alabama) and David Noll Jr. of Dalton (4 and 2 over Alabama).

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ABOUT THE Southeastern Challenge Matches

The Southeastern Challenge Matches are a biennial Ryder Cup style match play competition pitting twelve man amateur teams, eight Mid-Amateurs and four Seniors, from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Matches consist of four-ball, foursome and individual matches over two days, with one point awarded to the winning team for each match. One-half point is awarded to each side for halved matches. The host site rotates among the three states.

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