Final Five Players Named to SE Challenge Team
TAMPA, FLA. – Will Davenport, Richard Donegan, Jay Halverson, Brian Keenan and Rhett Pooley have been named to the Florida Team for the 2023 Southeastern Challenge to complete the 12-player team.
The five players join Marc Dull, Joey Latowski, Scott Turner, Jonah Wasserstrom, Joe Alfieri, Miles McConnell and Mike Finster, who were selected to the teams earlier this month.
The Florida Team will compete against Alabama and Georgia in the 19th Southeastern Challenge Match on October 20-22 at Banyan Golf Club of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach.
Will Davenport will come into his second Southeastern Challenge after capturing his third FSGA title. The Palm City resident took home the win at the 74th Four-Ball Championship in August with his partner, TJ Shuart, at Seminole Legacy Golf Club. The Yale alum also competed in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and added a Round of 32 appearance at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship in May.
Jupiter native, Richard Donegan, will make his second Southeastern Challenge appearance after a strong 2023 season. Donegan advanced to the Round of 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship in May, while two top-five finishes at the Florida Four-Ball Championship and the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Jay Halverson captured his first FSGA title in May when he captured the 42nd Mid-Amateur victory at Royal Poinciana Golf Club, defeating Jonah Wasserstrom, 1 up. The Saint Petersburg native added two more top-25 finishes this season at the Amateur Championship and Florida Open Championship.
Tampa native, Brian Keenan will make his second Southeastern Challenge appearance after capture the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship in June, his sixth-career FSGA title. Keenan also added a fourth-place finish at the Forty & Over Four-Ball Championship, with his partner Miles McConnell.
Rhett Pooley will represent Florida for the first time in October. The Babson Park native has had a strong season, advancing to the Quarterfinals at the Amateur Match Play Championship in August and to the Round of 16 at the Mid-Amateur Championship in May. He also added a win at the 2023 Two-Man Scramble Championship with his partner, Marc Dull.
The Southeastern Challenge is a tri-state biennial competition between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The 12-player team is made up of eight amateur players and four senior amateurs. The Match is played over two days with four-ball, foursome and three-ball matches.
The Sunshine State will look to defend the Southeastern Challenge title following a win at Willow Point Country Club in Alabama in 2021. Florida holds the most overall team victories with nine, while Georgia holds eight and one for Alabama.
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