Orlando, Florida – June 13, 2006 – Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, one of the premier public golf courses in Central Florida, today announced that it will host the 2006 Florida State Public Links Championship, July 21-23.
The Public Links Championship, which becomes a 3-day event for the first time in 2006, consists of 54 holes of stroke play. Each competitor will play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days, with the field flighted after 36 holes. The Public Links Championship is reserved for public course players who are not members of a private club and do not have a handicap index higher than 6.4.
"We are thrilled that the Florida State Golf Association has chosen our course for the site of the 2006 Public Links Championship," said Todd Howard, Director of Golf, Grande Pines Golf Club. "Grande Pines is an ideal location, as it challenges all golfers, while offering a fair test of shotmaking and skill."
Designed by renowned architect Steve Smyers in collaboration with player consultant Nick Faldo, Grande Pines is one of Central Florida’s most dynamic new golf courses, featuring contoured rolling fairways and well-bunkered, multi-tiered greens.
Last year’s Public Links Championship was played at MetroWest Golf Club, and Robert Parker, of Sanford, shot a 70-69 -139 to win his second Public Links title.
To register for the Public Links Championship, please see www.fsga.org or call the FSGA office at (813) 632-3742 with any questions. To view complete pairings, tee-times and results, please visit www.fsga.org.
Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.