North Florida retains cup

North Florida retained the Florida Cup defeating the South Florida team by a score of 18 ½ points to 13 ½ points, at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota last week. With the victory, the North takes the series lead 5-3.

The North Florida team included Pete Andrews, of Lithia, Michael Barbosa, from Saint Petersburg, Chris Berens, of Mount Dora, Don Bell, of Port Orange, Duke Butler, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Jim Carley, of Ormond Beach, Steve Carter, of Saint Augustine, Jeronimo Esteve, of Windermere, Nick Gilliam, of Gainesville,  Kelly Gosse, of Ocala, Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, Tim Hume, of Tampa, Mike Riley, of Panama City, Kim Schwencke, of Temple Terrace, Jon Veneziano, of Eustis, and Bill Zylstra, of Ocklawaha.

The South Florida team featured, Ryan Abbate, from Fort Lauderdale, Ben Adelberg, of Boynton Beach, Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, Bobby Barben, of Avon Park, Lee Booker, of Naples, Ben Finley, of Plantation, Kevin Hammer, of Boynton Beach, Joseph Latowski, of Port Saint Lucie, Mark Leetzow, of Sarasota, Tim Miller, of Venice, Gary Nicklaus, of Jupiter, TJ Shuart, of Coral Springs, Mike Stiber, of Pembroke Pines, James Weick, of Fort Lauderdale, Pete Williams, of Juno Beach and Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale.

Leetzow was 1-2 in the three matches he played, and Miller was 2-1.

Held every two years, the Florida Cup Matches vie 16 of the top amateurs from North Florida versus 16 of the top amateurs from South Florida. Using a Ryder-Cup format, the winner is determined by the number of points earned throughout the two days. Players are invited based on their performance from the previous two seasons. Some automatic selections are based on the FSGA two-year point's standings. In 2009, North Florida won the Matches 16 1/2-15 1/2 to take the series lead at 4-3.


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