The teams in the 27th annual Northern Chapter Underwood Cup have been completed for the matches that will be held on Feb. 19-20 at the Timuquana Country Club.
The defending champion Amateur team, which won 14-10 last year to take a 12-11-3 edge in the matches, is captained by John Milton, with Andy Purnell as the assistant captain. The team is led by Cup Match veterans David Anthony, Chase Baldwin, Mike Bodney, Duke Butler IV, Steve Carter, Matt Kleinrock, Matt Salane, Len Schonfeld III and Mike Smith. First-time players are Chris Henderson, Jeff Golden and Devin Suri.
Mark Spencer and Luke McCann are the alternates.
The professional team captain is Ray Barr of the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, with Richie Bryant of Pablo Creek as the assistant. Chris DeBusk, Bob Wallace, Dan Olsen, Gerry James, Tim Peterson, Cary Splane, Gus Barchers and Jason Smith made the team from the 2017 Northern Chapter points list, and Spencer Brown, Gary Murfitt, Charles Raulerson and Adam Eiswerth are the captain’s picks.
The teams will play six foursomes matches and six four-ball matches on Feb. 19, and 12 singles matches on Feb. 20. The professional will need to win 12.5 points to win the Underwood Cup and the amateurs need 12 points to retain it.
Junior Tour schedule set
The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation has sets its summer schedule for 2018. Combined with the spring schedule, which holds its third event of the season on Sunday with the St. Johns Open at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club, there will be nine multi-round tournaments and 24 events overall from January through August.
The NFJG schedule will hold tournaments in seven counties and on 22 courses. Among the venues will the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley, the World Golf Hall of Fame Slammer & Squire, the University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Course and among the area’s top private course — Timuquana, San Jose, Marsh Landing, Glen Kernan, the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club and Deercreek.
Competition is open for junior players from the ages of 7-18. For information, visit nfjg.org.
Carter named FSGA president
Former University of North Florida golfer and veteran amateur player Steve Carter has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Florida State Golf Association. He’s the second area resident to head the FSGA in the last decade. Tommy Dudley was the president in 2008-09.
Two other area residents were elected to the FSGA board, UNF golf coach Scott Schroeder and Tama Caldabaugh.
The Hurricane Junior Tour has scheduled eight tournaments in North Florida and South Georgia for the rest of the year, beginning with the North Florida Junior Shootout on Feb. 10-11 at Eagle Harbor.
Other stops will be at the King and Prince in St. Simons Island, Ga., (Feb. 17-19), Cimarrone (March 10-11), Jekyll Island, Ga, (April 7-8), Fleming Island (May 12-13), Sea Island, Ga, (June 10-12) and Marsh Landing (June 11-12).
For information, visit hjgt.og.