Golf Plus | Andrew Hammett wins local qualifier for Florida State Amateur


Eight players qualified for the Florida State Amateur Championship following Wednesday's local qualifier at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Bradenton's Andrew Hammett, who is heading to Ferris State to play golf in the fall, took medalist honors with a 67.

Other qualifiers on the Cypress Links course were Bradenton's Tyler Carlson (68), Bradenton's Jeffrey Meltzer (68), Sebring's Nicholas Staffieri (70), Sarasota's Jeremy Perna (71), Lutz's Bodi Karsono (71), Sarasota's Li Yuan (71) and Venice's Joe Clarkson (72).

The 98th edition of the Florida State Amateur is slated for June 25-28 at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and Ocala National Golf Club in Ocala.

Lakewood Ranch's Lauren Lamm is the lone Manatee County golfer competing in the Florida State Golf Association's Women's Amateur Championship, slated to start this weekend at Coral Creek Club in Placida.

The 86th edition of the tournament features 36 holes of stroke play to determine the top 32 players for the match-play portion. Round of 32 and 16 matches are scheduled for June 15 with quarterfinal and semifinal matches slated for June 16. The championship is set for June 17.

Last year's tournament was held at Sara Bay Country Club with Orlando's Emily Rymer capturing her first state amateur title.

Lamm, a University of West Florida sophomore, played high school golf near Placida at Punta Gorda Charlotte before her family relocated to Manatee County when her father, David, became the head pro at The River Club. Placida is in Charlotte County, southwest of Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, and the tournament is open to the public to attend at no charge.

The 17th annual Bradenton City Two-Man Championship is slated for Father's Day Weekend, June 20 and 21, at River Run Golf Links. The entry fee is $75 and includes greens fees for 36 holes, continental breakfast both days, tee prizes and lunch following Sunday's final round. The format is a four-ball stroke play with teams flighted after 18 holes. Each flight winner receives an embroidered Nike golf bag. The first 60 teams are guaranteed a spot in the event.

Contact River Run at 941-708-8459 for more information.


On April 23 at Peridia, Bill Tinkham aced the 142-yard 9th hole with a 5-iron. Witness were Bob Ousey, Donna Hilbert and Don Elliott.

On April 25 at Bradenton Country Club, Johnny Turbeville aced the 172-yard 2nd hole with a 5-iron. Witness was Dick Garland.

On May 8 at Rosedale, Ronald E. Boehm aced the 156-yard 7th hole with a 3-hybrid. Witnesses were Jim McHugh, Paul Bennett and Neil Hamje.

On May 16 at Rosedale, Jason Smith aced the 155-yard 7th hole. Witness was Bruce Martin.

On June 3 at Peridia, John Saum aced the 158-yard 7th hole with a 3-wood. Witness were Frank Hall and Don Milling.

-- Jason Dill, Herald staff writer