Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: JAGA’s Scratch & Spring Four-Ball Held at March Creek

muquana's Chloe Schiavone (right) and Bradenton's Ariel Yu defended their FSGA Four-Ball last month at Ocala's Stone Creek.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s first team event of 2019, the Scratch & Spring Four-Ball, was hosted on Monday at Marsh Creek Country Club in St. Augustine.

Twenty-six teams contended with a combination of rain and drizzle throughout the entire round, with temperatures hovering in the 50s.

In the Scratch division, Josh Kennedy (San Jose CC) and Devon Hopkins (Jacksonville Golf & CC) topped the field of 17 teams with a 2-under-par gross score of 70. Finishing T2 were the teams of Santiago Cavanagh (Palencia Club) and David Garratt (King & Bear) and Luke McCann and Toby Ragland. The Scratch competitors played the Marsh Creek layout from 6,833 yards.

The Four-Ball net division saw Dr. Tom Tomlin (Sawgrass CC) and Bob Nickerson (Sawgrass CC) post 10-under-par 62 to claim a one-shot victory over Randy Nader (Sawgrass CC) and Howard Matheus (Sawgrass CC). Net teams had the option to play one of three sets of tees.

On a day in which many area courses were probably not playable, Marsh Creek proved to be an excellent draining golf course, with competitors experiencing limited casual water situations.

“Marsh Creek held up incredibly well,” said Tournament Chairman Vince Celestino. “It was a tough and not particularly enjoyable day to play golf. JAGA would like to thank all the players for showing up and having positive attitudes in spite of the conditions they faced. We also wish to thank the Club staff, including golf, grounds and food and beverage, for helping us get through a challenging day.”

Supporting Chairman Celestino was JAGA Vice President/Tournaments Thomas Bozutto.

SCRATCH DIVISION (6,833 yards)

SCRATCH CHAMPIONS (left to right) – Josh Kennedy (San Jose CC), Devon Hopkins (Jacksonville Golf & CC)
Leading Scores
1 Josh Kennedy (San Jose CC) / Devon Hopkins (Jacksonville Golf & CC) 70
T2 Santiago Cavanagh (Palencia Club) / David Garratt (King & Bear) 71
T2 Luke McCann / Toby Ragland 71
4 John Barber (CC of Orange Park) / Kirk Irvin 72
T5 Tyler Averdick / Andrew Birchall 73
T5 Paul Tesori (GC of South Hampton) / Chad James 73
T5 Eric Graybeal / Alan Henderson 73
FOUR-BALL / NET DIVISON (5,778, 6,062 or 6,348 yards)

Leading Scores
1^st Tom Tomlin (Sawgrass CC) / Bob Nickerson (Sawgrass CC) 62
2^nd Randy Nader (Sawgrass CC) / Howard Matheus (Sawgrass CC) 63
3^rd Rusty Holsworth (Hyde Park GC) / Chris Petney (Hyde Park GC) 68
4^th Todd vonNieda (Julington Creek) / Kevin Adams (Julington Creek) 69
5^th David Bradley (Deercreek CC) / Mark Scott (Deercreek CC) 73

JAGA Senior Men’s

The tournament is believed to be the oldest continuous-running event here — it turns 62 this year — and will be April 28-30 at St. Johns Golf and Country Club. European Street Cafe returns as the main sponsor.

There will be three divisions. Seniors (50 and over) will play 54 holes starting on Sunday, April 28. The Super Seniors (60-over) and Grand Seniors (70-over) play 36 holes on the next two days.

The entry fee is $225 for Seniors. and $165 for Super Seniors and Grand Seniors. All information, including for practice rounds, is at jaxareagolf.org.
Gregg Deiboldt of Sawgrass is the chairman. Thomas Bozzuto of Hyde Park is the JAGA Vice President/Tournaments.

Family Championship
The JAGA Family Championship will be May 11 at Jax Beach GC. It’s a two-person scramble with the entry fee of $178 per team. Teams may be any combination of family members with a minimum age of 9. It’s open to amateurs and professionals. Duke Butler III and his family of the TPC are conducting the event.

Josh Kennedy and Devon Hopkins won the Spring and Scratch Four-Ball at Marsh Creek, battling windy and rainy conditions to post a two-under 70. That was enough to win by one over Santiago Cavanaugh-David Garratt and Luke McCann-Toby Ragland. The net division went to Dr. Tom Tomlin and Bob Nickerson at 10-under. Randy Nader and Howard Matheus were one back with Richard Holsworth and Chris Petney in third.


They’re trying to grow the game at St. Johns Golf Club and a big step is a free clinic on May 8. Details on the poster.

• The community response was outstanding for the volunteer needs from the April 24-May 1 USGA Women’s Four-Ball at Timuquana. The tournament opens with two days of practice rounds and two days of qualifying.
• Entry information for the First Coast Women’s Amateur will be on the JAGA website soon. It’s June 22-23 at Eagle Harbor.
• The First Tee’s annual Taste of Golf will be June 6 at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. It’s $125 per ticket and signup is at tasteofgolf.com. Also available this year are stay-and-play packages at the Sawgrass Marriott and the TPC Stadium Course.
• Tom Dudley of Timuquana received the Joseph C. Dey Award from the USGA in San Antonio in February for being its top volunteer and online magazine Morning Read did a good story.
• It’s way early in the planning stages but there may be a new course coming. A development named Greenbriar Downs is underway along SR 210 just west of Cimarrone. It will be a gated community with 818 homes and a course.
• Big Florida State GA events coming up with both the men’s and women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur. Men’s Am is June 20-22 at Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter with qualifying here at Palencia on June 3. Men’s Mid-Am is May 16-19 at Vero Beach’s Quail Ridge with qualifying here at Marsh Creek on April 22. The Women’s Am is June 12-16 at the Ritz-Carlton Member’s Club in Bradenton with no qualifying but the first 156 will be accepted. The Women’s Mid-Am is May 4-5 at Estero’s West Bay Club with the first 84 accepted.
• Recommended: Times-Union columnist Sam Kouvaris’s story on the founding of the Greater Jacksonville Open led by featured past JAGA president John Tucker.
• A qualifier for the Mackenzie Tour in Canada will be April 23-26 at the TPC. It’s part of the PGA Tour and the field here will be finalized the week prior. The Mackenzie is the former Canadian Tour and end-of-year leaders gain access to the Web.Com Tour. There already is one from this area who is totally exempt this year by a winning qualifier: at San Antonio, JAGA Match Play champ David Wicks of JU led the field.
• A big round of applause for Joel Lamp, who ran the NCAA basketball tournament here. Almost sold out all three sessions and got rave reviews. He’s a co-founder and co-chair of the First Coast Amateur, which opens the JAGA tournament season.
• The Palencia Pro-Am turned out great for PGA Life Members. Tim Peterson was low pro with 69, a three-shot edge over the 26-man field, and Brad Rollinson led the winning team of three ladies: wife Jane, Pong Mattiace and Maria Ayala. Tied for second in low pro was Jason Fenstermaker of Fleming Island, Matt O’Brien of Tallahassee Southwood and Hayes Farley of San Jose. Team runners-up were Steve Schaff of Gainesville Ironwood with John Snyder, Charles Wandell and Glenn Davis, and Peterson with Barry Sabia, Don Pohl and Don Sabia.
• One of the largest Northern Chapter fields in recent memory is in the Match Play which started April 1 with matches at various courses and the final at Pablo Creek. There are 32 entered.
• Tennessee won the 28th annual The Hayt by 13 shots over Louisville and North Carolina, with the Vols’ Hunter Wolcott taking individual honors with a 5-under 211. The tournament was played at Sawgrass and the field included 13 of the top 50 collegiate players.

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