Annual Tri-State Tussle on Tap for this Weekend

Southeastern Challenge MatchesStephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, the 2010 Player of the Year, leads a group of 12 amateur golfers selected to represent Florida in the 13th Southeastern Challenge Matches against teams from Alabama and Georgia.

The Florida State Golf Association will host the 2010 Matches at the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Oct. 16-17.

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 top five Mid-Amateurs from the FSGA Two Year Points List were automatically selected to the team. Stephen Anderson, ranked fourth on the Two Year Points List in the Mid-Amateur Division, won the 2010 Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2010 Mid-Senior Four-Ball South Championship. 

Anderson also qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and advanced to the match play portion of the event. Next on the points list, Tim Hume, of Tampa, who won the 2009 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship as well the 2009 Four Ball Championship and the 2009 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North with his partner and fellow team member, Kelly Gosse.

Gosse, from Ocala, finished third on the points list for mid-amateurs with 1,745 points. Bobby Bird, of Vero Beach, joins the team after winning the 2010 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the 2010 Four-Ball Championship. Rounding out the automatic selections is the 2009 Mid-Amateur Champion, Steve Carter, of Saint Augustine. 

Jon Veneziano, of Eustis, was the first Committee pick. Veneziano was the 2010 runner-up in the Mid-Amateur Championship, qualified for the 2010 U.S Amateur Public Links Championship, and captured the 2009 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South title.

Don Bell, of Port Orange, finished third at the 2010 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship, tied for third at the 2010 Public Links Championship and advanced to sectional qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open, fills out the second Committee selection. Veneziano and Bell were recently members of Team Florida at the USGA State Team Championship, where Florida took home second place honors. R.J. Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and advanced to the match play stage, is the third and final Committee selection.
   
The Florida team features four senior players including the top Senior player from the FSGA Two Year Points List. Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, is the top senior on the points list and will be playing in his 8th Southeastern Challenge Matches.

Woulfe has won eight State Championships. Also joining Woulfe is Pete Andrews, of Lithia, winner of the 2010 Senior Amateur Match Play Championship. Andrews also captured the 2008 Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Doug Snoap, of Apopka, and Pete Williams, of Juno Beach, were selected by the Committee to complete the team as 50 and older senior players. 
 
Georgia won the Matches in 2008 with 26.5 points, while Alabama was second with 21.5 points and Florida finished third with 15 points at Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Georgia has the all time series lead six wins to go along with Florida’s five wins and Alabama has won the Matches once.

 

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