2019 Southeastern Challenge Team


Joe Alfieri  |  Lutz  |  5th Appearance (6-11-3)

Mid-Amateur - Automatic Selection

College: University of South Florida
Club: TPC Tampa Bay
Occupation: SVP of Strategy & Sales - Iris Brands
USGA Championships: 18

  • 4 Time Amateur Player of the Year (1999, 2001, 2015, 2016)
  • FSGA Championships
    • Mid-Senior (2019)
    • Amateur Public Links (2016)
    • Mid-Amateur Stroke Play (2013, 2015)
    • Florida Open (2003)
    • Amateur Match Play (2001)
    • Mid-Amateur Championship (1999)
  • Top 10 in Amateur & Amateur Public Links in 2019
  • Top 5 in Amateur & Florida Open in 2018
  • Qualified for 2018 USGA Four-Ball (with Michael Barbosa) and 2018 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship

"I always look forward to the Southeastern Challenge, as it provides you the opportunity to represent your state. It's a great event that rewards your accomplishments for the last two years and now gives you a chance to turn your normal competitors into teammates."


   

Jordan Batchelor  |  Saint Augustine  |  1st Appearance

Amateur (21 & Over) - Committee Selection

College: University of North Florida
Club: Jacksonville Beach Golf & Country Club
Occupation: Graduate Assistant and MBA Student at University of North Florida
USGA Championships: 1

  • 2018 Four-Ball Champion (with Michael Mattiace)
  • Runner-up in 2019 Amateur Championship & Amateur Match Play Championship
  • Qualified for 2019 US Amateur and advanced to US Open Sectional Qualifying
  • 2019 Individual Champion at ASUN Conference Championship and lead UNF to team ASUN Championship
 
   

Chip Brooke  |  Heathrow  |  2nd Appearance (4-1-0)

Mid-Amateur - Automatic Selection

College: Charleston Southern / Central Alabama
Club: Heathrow Country Club
Occupation: Lumber Sales Representative
USGA Championships: 6

  • 2016 Mid-Amateur Champion
  • 2018 US Four-Ball Runner-Up (with Marc Dull)
    • advanced to match play three straight years including 2019
  • Qualified for 2018 & 2019 US Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Top 20 - 2019 Amateur Championship
 
   

Steve Carter |  Saint Augustine  |  3rd Appearance (3-3-1)

Mid-Amateur - Committee Selection

College: University of North Florida
Club: St Johns Golf & Country Club
Occupation: Financial Adviser
USGA Championships: 8

  • Mid-Amateur Champion - 2004 & 2009
  • Qualified for both 2018 & 2019 US Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Runner-up in Two-Man Shoot-Out (with Bob Campione) in both 2018 & 2019
  • Made cut at 2018 & 2019 Amateur Championships
  • Mid-Amateur Championship
    • Quarterfinalist - 2019
    • Round of 16 - 2018
  • FSGA President - 2018-2019
"It's always a goal to make the Southeastern Challenge Team every two years. I haven't played in the matches since 2010, so definitely excited to be on the team, and looking forward to the competition."
 
   

Daniel Debra  |  Lutz  |  2nd Appearance (3-1-1)

Mid-Amateur - Committee Selection

College: Furman University
Club: None
Occupation: Business Owner
USGA Championships: 6

  • Qualified for 2018 & 2019 US Mid-Amateur Championships
    • Round of 16 - 2019
  • 2018 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Champion (with Don Whittemore)
  • Runner-up at 2019 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North & Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North (both with Don Whittemore)
  • Mid-Senior Championship
    • T-5 - 2019
    • 3rd - 2018
  • 2011 Four-Ball Champion (with Don Whittemore)

 

 

Marc Dull  |  Winter Haven  |  2nd Appearance (3-2-0)

Mid-Amateur - Automatic Selection

College: Florida Southern College
Club: Bartow Golf Club
Occupation: Landscape Entrepreneur
USGA Championships: 10

  • 2018 Mid-Amateur Player of the Year
  • 2018 US Four-Ball Runner-Up (with Chip Brooke)
    • Advanced to match play 2017 - 2019 at US Four-Ball
  • 2018 Mid-Amateur Champion
  • 2017 Amateur Player of the Year
  • 2017 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • 2015 US Mid-Amateur Runner-Up

"I'm really looking forward to this year's Southeastern Challenge. Our team is really strong, and made up of a good bunch of guys who already know each other well from previous matches, Florida Cup's and FSGA Championships. The chemistry should be good, and lead to a great time and a ton of strong pairings."

 
   

Mike Finster |  Saint Petersburg |  1st Appearance

Senior (50 & Over) - Committee Selection

College: Northwestern University
Club: Mangrove Bay Golf Club
Occupation: Manager
USGA Championships: 4

  • 4 Time US Senior Open Qualifier (2015-2018)
  • 2019 - Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Champion (with Jimmy Jones, Sr.)
  • 2019 - Top 20 in Florida Open & Florida Senior Open
  • 2018 - Top 10 in Florida Open & Florida Senior Open
 
   

Devon Hopkins |  Jacksonville Beach |  1st Appearance

Mid-Amateur - Automatic Selection

College: Northern Illinois University
Club: Jacksonville Golf & Country Club
Occupation: Healthcare / Employee Benefits
USGA Championships: 2

  • Qualified for 2019 US Four-Ball (with Matt Kleinrock) and US Amateur
    • advanced to quarterfinals at US Four-Ball Championship with Kleinrock
  • Two top 15 Florida Open Finishes
    • 2019 - T-14
    • 2018 - T-5
  • Advanced to Round of 16 at 2019 Amateur Match Play & Mid-Amateur Championships
 
   

Jimmy Jones |  Tampa |  3rd Appearance (5-4-1)

Senior (50 & Over) - Committee Selection

College: Florida State University
Club: Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club
Occupation: Golf Equipment Manufacturing
USGA Championships: 0

  • 2019 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Champion (with Mike Finster)
  • Florida Senior Senior Amateur
    • 2019 - 2nd
    • 2018 - T-7th
  • 2018 Florida Senior Open - T-12
  • 2017 Senior Four-Ball Champion & 2014 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Champion (both with Gordon Marshall)
  • 4-1 in 2013 Southeastern Challenge in Georgia, earning clinching point
 
   

Scott Turner |  Stuart |  1st Appearance

Mid-Amateur - Automatic Selection

College: University of South Florida
Club: Hammock Creek Golf Club
Occupation: Owner & Tournament Director - Minor League Golf Tour
USGA Championships: 3

  • 2019 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South Champion (with T J Shuart)
  • 2018 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion
  • 2017 Amateur Public Links Champion
  • Qualified for 2019 US Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Advanced to Round of 16 at 2019 Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Advanced to Round of 32 at 2018 Mid-Amateur & Amateur Match Play Championships
 
   

Don Whittemore |  Temple Terrace |  2nd Appearance (1-3-1)

Senior (55 & Over) - Committee Selection

College: University of Florida
Club: Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club and Old Memorial Golf Club
Occupation: Corporate & Real Estate Attorney
USGA Championships: 1

  • 2018 Senior Four-Ball Champion (with Pete Williams)
  • 2018 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Champion (with Daniel Debra)
  • Runner-up at 2019 Mid-Senior Four-Ball North & Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North (both with Daniel Debra)
  • Runner-up at 2018 Senior Amateur Championship in a play-off
  • Qualified for 2019 US Senior Amateur Championship
    • Advanced to Round of 64
  • 2011 Four-Ball Champion (with Daniel Debra)
 
   

Pete Williams |  Juno Beach |  2nd Appearance (1-2-2)

Senior (55 & Over) - Automatic Selection

College: Rollins College
Club: Turtle Creek Golf Club
Occupation: Commercial Airline Pilot
USGA Championships: 4
  • Senior Player of the Year - 2014 & 2018
  • 2018 Senior Four-Ball Champion (with Don Whittemore)
  • 2014 & 2018 Senior Match Play Champion
  • 2014 Senior Amateur Champion
  • 2012 Florida Senior Open Champion
  • Qualified for 2019 US Senior Amateur
    • Advanced to Round of 32

"I look forward to seeing some old friends from Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and look forward to making some new ones in the competition. I am excited to team up again with my good friend, Don Whittemore. I couldn't ask for a better Four-Ball partner."

 


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