DECEMBER 19, 2015
JUPITER, Fla. – Some of Palm Beach County’s best amateur golfers swept two of the first three matches and rolled to an easy victory Friday in the 22nd annual Sam Smidt Cup matches.
The Palm Beach County Golf Association twosomes of Jared Meyers, North Palm Beach, with Jeff Helfrich, Stuart, and Ryan Howison, Jupiter, with Derron Peyton, Boynton Beach, swept all nine points in their matches against club professionals from the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section.
The PBCGA won by 34 ½ to 19 ½ to take an 11-10 overall lead in the matches which date back to 1994. The 1996 matches ended in a tie. The competition honors the memory of the late Sam Smidt of Lake Worth, a top rules official and former president of the Florida State Golf Association who died in 1992.
Playing the Fazio course at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail, scoring was on a nassau basis with points awarded for winning the front nine, the back nine and the 18 holes. There were two singles match and one four-ball match play event within in each of the six foursomes.
22nd annual Sam Smidt Cup
Jonathan’s Landing GC @ Old Trail, Jupiter, Fla.
Fazio course, 6,904 yards, par 72
Final score: Palm Beach County GA 34 ½, Southeast Chapter, 19 ½.
Jared Meyers, North Palm Beach (PBCGA), def. Derek Niszczak, Eastpointe G&RCC, Palm Beach Gardens, 3-0. Jeff Helfrich, Stuart (PBCGA), def. Jonathan Davis, Eastpointe CC, Palm Beach Gardens, 3-0. Meyers-Helfrich def. Niszczak-Davis, 3-0. PBCGA 9, SEC 0.
Mike Valicenti, Jupiter CC (SEC), def. John Pickett, Lake Worth, 3-0. Jackson Shoenfelt, Boynton Beach (PBCGA), def. Tim Turpen, Ironhorse CC, West Palm Beach, 2 ½-1/2. Valicenti-Turpen def. Pickett-Shoenfelt, 3-0. SEC 8 ½, PBCGA ½.
Ryan Howison, Jupiter (PBCGA), def. Matt Newman, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, 3-0. Derron Peyton, Boynton Beach (PBCGA), def. Chris Stanko, Banyan GC, 3-0. Howison-Peyton def. Newman-Stanko, 3-0. PBCGA 9, SEC 0.
Alan Morin, The Falls CC, Lake Worth (SEC), def. John Reynolds, Palm Beach Gardens, 2 ½-1/2. Scott Wilson, Palm Beach Gardens (PBCG), def. Joe Kern, Indian River Club, Vero Beach, Morin-Kern def. Reynolds-Wilson, 3-0. SEC 5 ½, PBCGA 3 ½.
Brian Peaper, Lost Tree Club, North Palm Beach (SEC) def. Eddie Kenny, Lake Worth, 2-1. Ed Humenik, Lost Tree Club, North Palm Beach (SEC), and D.J. Jupiter, halved. Peaper-Humenik 2, Kenny-Morris, 1. SEC 5 ½, PBCGA 3 ½.
Seniors – Jerry Tucker, Stuart (SEC), def. Darryl Osler, 2 and 1. Pete Williams, Juno Beach (PBCGA), def. Jamie Fordyce, PGA GC, Port St. Lucie, 3-0. Tucker-Fordyce halved Osler-Williams, 1 ½–1 ½. PBCGA 5 ½, SEC 3 ½.