Of 124 teams, nine regional champions played to qualify to play in the State Championship which took place on March 27th and March 28th the 2018 Men’s Interclub Team Championship and was hosted here at Mission Inn.
The participating teams from each region were:
Tampa Bay Region: Westchase Golf Club, Tampa
Suncoast Region: River Strand Golf & Country Club, Bradenton
West Region: Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, Tampa
Naples 2 Region: Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs
Central Region: Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-in-the-Hills
Naples Region: The Club at Olde Cypress, Naples
Northeast Region: The Palencia Club, St. Augustine
Panhandle Region: Tiger Point Golf & Country Club, Gulf Breeze
Treasure Coast Region: Lacita Golf & Country Club, Titusville
The Battle for State Champion
For two days, in beautiful conditions, the nine regional champions played for the title of State Champion.
Per the FSGA points were counted for according to the following methodology
“In the State Championship, the six lowest individual net scores (highest net stableford points) per team count. The team with the highest number of points is crowned the Interclub State Champion. Net stableford points are as follows: Double Eagle: 5-points, Eagle: 4-points, Birdie: 3-points, Par: 2-points, Bogey: 1-point, Double Bogey or Higher: 0-points.”
On day one the Mission Inn team secured a strong 15 point lead Pelican’s Nest Golf Club.
The second day was a much more difficult day for all the teams involved. However, Houston Hill, Larry Glock, Terry Dinsmore, Randy Chaney, Dan Dowdall, Herm Arnold, Joe Lewandowski and Doug Herron of Mission Inn Team were able to take their large lead from the day before all the way to the win. Mission Inn , finished with 391 points and with an eight point lead over Tiger Point Golf & Country Club who placed second, and 10 points over the third place winners, River Strand Golf & Country Club, who scored 381 points.