The homoeothermic first Florida Regional Tournament was Stone Creek located in sunny Ocala, Florida. It was a shotgun start on Saturday September 21st at 1 p.m. Stone Creek is situated on 187 acres of Lush countryside, rolling hills, and safety trees. The course features water strategically placed on 14 out of 18 holes making it target golf.
The weather was sunny with a light over cast towards the end of the afternoon with a light 5 mph breeze. It played 6,744 yards from the black tees, which proved to be enough to challenge the players of all teams. The course rating is 71.9 with a slope of 126.
Composed of three teams, the playing field included Keiser University, University of Central Florida, and Florida State University. The first day seemed to favorite Florida State, leading the pack by three strokes, shooting 372.
Starting the second day of play, the tee times started at 9am. Course conditions stayed very similar to the first round giving players plenty of opportunities to score. Keiser proved to swoop the competition the second round by posting a round score of 378 while Florida State shot 389. The tournament medalist was Chris Zumpano of Florida State with back-to-back 71’s.
The tournament ran smoothly with the help of the Stone Creek staff. The course was in perfect conditions and made the weekend enjoyable for all participants. The Florida Region is looking forward to another successful NCCGA tournament in Port St. Lucie