Winter Series Stableford - Conservatory at Hammock Beach
January 30-31, 2023
PALM COAST, Fla. – The FSGA Winter Series traveled to the Conservatory at Hammock Beach for the sixth installment of the 2022-2023 Winter Series season where players competed in a two-round stableford format. Perfect conditions paved the way for the competitors to rack up points, but in the end it was Ryan Prokay, Lloyd Fisher, and Joe Shaktman who elevated their play above the rest of their respective divisions to secure victories.
At the conclusion of the first round, the Mid-Amateur division had developed into a two-man race between eventual winner Ryan Prokay, of Bradenton, and Jackson Sampselle, of Palm Coast. Prokay, who began the first round on the third hole, found success through his consistent play by scoring two or more points on 14 of the 18 holes, including six birdies. Sampselle followed a similar path on Monday, recording two or more points on all but three holes, including five birdies. Despite finishing the round with different stroke totals (Prokay, 71; Sampselle, 70), the two were tied with 43 points.
On Tuesday, Sampselle was able to jump out to an early advantage with a birdie on the par-4 first; however, this lead did not last long. Back-to-back bogeys from the Palm Coast native on holes three and four opened the door for Prokay to jump ahead. Despite holding an eight point advantage through seven holes, Prokay would once again find himself behind when the leaders made the turn thanks to a birdie and eagle from Sampselle on the last two holes on the front nine. But just like at the start of the round, Prokay made up ground quickly and eventually retook the lead with a birdie on the 12th hole. Prokay would add two more birdies to his card and keep hold of the lead en route to a 5-point victory, his fourth victory and fifth top-two finish in five Winter Series starts this season.
Following the first round, the Senior division was tightly contested with eight players within six points of the two leaders, Lloyd Fisher, of Lecanto, and George Steinmetz, of Malvern. Despite struggling to score large amounts of points in his first four holes, a stretch that included two bogeys, the Lecanto native would rally back and card four birdies over the remainder of the round to finish with 40 points. Steinmetz would also bogey two of his first four holes and bounce back to record four birdies over the course of the round, tying Fisher with 40 points.
Fisher would once again get off to a slow start in round two, scoring less than two points on three of his first four holes. This allowed Steinmetz to briefly take the lead, but a rough stretch of holes on the back nine would open the door for those lurking on the leaderboard to put up points and have a shot at victory. Both Danny Turbide, of Plantation, and Matthew Avril, of Vero Beach, began the day six points behind the lead, but jumped on the opportunity, recording two or more points on 15 of their 18 holes on Tuesday. Ultimately, Fisher did just enough to hang on and secure a two-point win, his third of the Winter Series season.
When Monday’s round was completed, Kevin Macy, of Tampa, sat alone atop the leaderboard in the Super-Senior division with 42 points. After a strong start, Macy would struggle in the middle of his round, carding four bogeys in a stretch of eight holes. But an eagle on the par-5 ninth and a birdie on the par-4 10th gave the Tampa native a two-point lead over Joe Shaktman, of Coral Springs. Shaktman, who posted five birdies on his card including four in a stretch of five holes, likely would have found himself leading after round one if not for two double-bogeys. The Coral Springs native was joined by seven other competitors within six points of the lead heading to round two.
Then, in round two, Macy and Shaktman would trade the lead through the first five holes and found themselves tied with 52 points and 13 holes to play. A birdie on the par-3 17th would give Shaktman a two-point advantage, a lead the eventual winner would not give up for the rest of the day thanks to three birdies on the front nine. The Coral Springs native came away from The Conservatory with a four-point victory, his second win of the Winter Series season.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Mid-Amateur||6,769 yds. 73.6/140|
|Senior||6,352 yds. 71.7/133|
|Super-Senior||6,087 yds. 70.6/128|
Format: 36-holes of gross stroke play
Eligibility: FSGA Adult Member at least 25 years of age
Handicap: Florida GHIN 10.0 or less
Age Divisions: Mid-Amateur, Senior & Super-Senior
Entry Fee: $180
- 36 holes of individual modified stableford (no handicaps), the player with the highest number of points in each age division will be the winner
- 0 points - Double-Bogey or worse
- 1 point - Bogey
- 2 points - Par
- 4 points - Birdie
- 6 points - Eagle
- 8 points - Albatross / Double-Eagle
- Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are age 25 or older as of March 7, 2023
- Entrant must be an Adult or Foundation Member of the FSGA
- Entrant must have an active Florida GHIN Handicap and have a current handicap index of 10.0 or lower.
There are three age divisions; Mid-Amateur (25-54), Senior (55-64) and Super-Senior (65 & above). Each player must compete in the age division commensurate with their age as of March 7, 2023. Competitors may not elect to play in a different age division or from a different tee than designated.
- Mid-Amateur (25-54) plays approximately 6,700 yards
- Senior (55-64) plays approximately 6,400 yards
- Super-Senior (65 & above) approximately 6,100 yards
**After the first round, each age division may be flighted based on the number of competitors and/or the range of scores.
Entry Fees & Prizes
- Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
- Age-group Champions at each event will receive a commemorative award. Gift certificates (totaling approximately $30 per-player in the field) will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.
Schedule of Events
Monday, January 30th
- Round 1 - 12:30 PM Shotgun
Tuesday, January 31st
- Round 2 - 8:30 AM Shotgun
Practice Rounds & Cost
Practice Rounds are available one week prior to the event on a space available basis after 11:00 AM for $75 plus tax. To arrange your practice round please call the club at 386-246-6710 to arrange your practice round.
There is currently no host hotel for this event.
Maximum Field Size
Individual events - 104 Players in foursomes