2019 Annual Dinner

Overview

On November 22, 2019, the Florida State Golf Association held its Annual Dinner at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Roughly 200 individuals attended this year's dinner including some of the 2019 champions, volunteers throughout the state, board and staff members and their families. Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Dudley, was the special guest in attendance. 

Introduction Movie

To begin the 2019 Annual Dinner, guests were shown an introduction video that highlighted some of 2019's best moments. There were 40 state championships held throughout the state in 2019 that required the help of hundreds of volunteers. The success of the qualifiers, events and championships would not have been possible without our incredible players and volunteers. 

Welcome - Jim Demick

Executive Director, Jim Demick, welcomes guests to the 2019 Annual Dinner.

Champions Movie

The champions from the year are each recognized in a video highlighting their accomplishments. Please click here to view results from all events in 2019.

Junior Players of the Year

Jillian Bourdage - Girls' Junior Player of the Year

  • Captured the Girls' Junior Amateur Championship, her first FSGA title
  • Took home a runner-up finish at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship
  • Teamed up with Casey Weidenfeld in April to advance to the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship
  • Added two top-10 AJGA finishes 
  • Signed to Ohio State University

Nicholas Gabrelcik - Boys' Junior Player of the Year

  • Became a two-time FSGA champion in June, when he captured the Amateur Public Links Championship
  • Earned low-amateur honors and finished sixth at the Florida Open Championship, as the third-youngest player in the field
  • Added a Florida Junior Tour win at Black Diamond Ranch
  • Took home his first AJGA win at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
  • Signed to the University of North Florida

Rick Woulfe - Super Senior Player of the Year

  • Claimed his 12th FSGA Player of the Year honor
  • Started the year with a third-place finish at the Super-Senior Amateur championship
  • Took home a runner-up finish at the Senior Amateur Championship
  • Finished second with Joe Shaktman at the Senior Four-Ball Championship
  • Ended the year with a seventh-place finish at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Pete Williams - Men's Senior Amateur Player of the Year 
  • Earned Senior Amateur Player of the Year honors for the second-straight year 
  • Captured second-straight Florida Senior Four-Ball Championship, earning the victory with partner Don Whittemore 
  • Finished tied for fourth at the Florida Mid-Amateur Stroke Play 
  • Tied for ninth finish at the Florida Senior Amateur Championship 
  • Advanced to the Round of 32 at the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship

Lisa Schlesinger - Senior Women's Amateur Player of the Year

  • Captured the Florida Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, marking her second Senior Amateur win
  • Competed in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Earned five top-15 finishes in the 2019 season
  • Represented South Florida in the Women’s Florida Cup 
Alexa Pano - Women's Amateur Player of the Year

  • Captured the  the Ione Jones/Doherty Championship, also earned a runner-up finish at the Women's South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship
  • Took home wins at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship and Scott Robertson Memorial, as well as winning the Rolex Girls Junior Championship
  • Shared medalist honors with Jiarui Jin at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, advancing to the Round of 16
  • Advanced through a playoff to qualify for her first U.S. Women’s Open Championship, was the youngest competitor in the 156-player field
  • Competed in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in Augusta, Ga.
  • Teed it up in six professional events in 2019

Devon Hopkins - Men's Amateur and Mid-Amateur Player of the Year

  • Captured the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in July, his first FSGA championship victory
  • Advanced to the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes with partner Matt Kleinrock
  • Earned medalist honors with rounds of 69-68 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity to punch his ticket to the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship
  • Added Round of 16 appearances in the Florida Amateur Match Play Championship and Florida Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Finished tied for 14th at the Florida Open Championship

Volunteer Appreciation - Jim Demick

The Florida State Golf Association would not be able to conduct over 600 days of competition each year without the support and dedication of their volunteers. Chuck Phillips, President of the FSGA, thanks them for their ongoing support of the organization. 

Thanks you, Volunteers!

The Florida State Golf Association has over 500 volunteers around the state. This is a short video highlighting their accomplishments and involvement throughout the year.

Service Award

This year four volunteers were recognized and received an award for their volunteer service with the Florida State Golf Association.

25 Years of Service

  • Mary Jane Crusselle
  • Marci Likens

20 Years of Service

  • Tom Alexander
  • Dyke Farrow

Volunteers of the Year

Joe and Taffie Brisley - Tournament Volunteers of the Year

  • Became involved with the FSGA in 1994 when Joe and their son, Patrick, played in the Parent-Child Championship
  • Taffie began volunteering with the Florida Women's State Golf Association in 1995
  • When the FWSGA and FSGA merged in 2012, Taffie continued volunteering with the FSGA, with Joe joining her in 2010.
  • Time and dedication to the game is evident, volunteering at 50 events in the last five years alone
  • Taffie is well versed in the Rules of Golf, as a Senior Rules Official, and served as a Rules Official on the LPGA Futures Tour
  • The couple met and grew up together in Virginia, where they attended the same elementary and high school.

Carroll Setzer - Course Rating Volunteer of the Year

  • Began volunteering with the course rating team at the FSGA in 2012
  • Became a Course Rating Captain within his first year
  • Has played golf for most of his life, but began playing more regularly after retiring
  • Served as a submariner with the Navy, retired from American Airlines after over 30 years as a commercial pilot
  • Enjoys boating, ocean fishing and spending time with his two children and four grandchildren

Hall of Fame

Steve Melnyk introduces 2019 FSGA Hall of Fame Inductee, Tom Dudley. 

Hall of Fame Inductee - Tom Dudley 

Tom Dudley - 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

Born in Columbus, Georgia, Dudley has worked more than 300 FSGA championships and qualifiers over his 31-year tenure with the FSGA, while also serving as the association’s president from 2008-09. He has been heavily involved with the USGA for the past 30 years. He has volunteered at more than 100 USGA championships as a Rules official, including 27 U.S. Opens and 25 U.S. Amateurs, while also being a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee and Sectional Affairs Committee since 1990.

In 2019, Dudley was named the 2019 Joe Dye Award recipient, an award presented annually by the USGA to recognize an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. This award is the highest awarded to a volunteer in the game of golf.

A member of Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Dudley is very actively involved with his home course and has helped bring two USGA championships to the Jacksonville club, the 2002 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Dudley worked five USGA championships in 2019: the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Women’s Open and U.S. Women’s Four-Ball. He also was a rules official at this year’s inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, as well as the Masters.

The University of Georgia graduate has attended 30 PGA-USGA Rules of Golf Workshops, while having been an instructor at 150 local, collegiate, junior and other rules workshops. On the Rules test, he has scored a 94 or higher each year since 1994 and has achieved four perfect scores in his career.

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