OCALA - Florida Southern's men's golf program will be well represented as this year's Florida State Amateur Championship as three current Moccasins have earned spots in the tournament which is scheduled to be held from June 25-28 at both the Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and the Ocala National Golf Club.
The three Moccasins that have qualified for the 98th annual tournament are sophomore-to-be Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.) and junior-to-be Jason Huntington (Lakeland, Fla.), while sophomore-to-be John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.) earned an exemption into the tournament after winning last summer's Florida Boys' Junior Championship. A fourth golfer with Moccasin ties, women's golf coach Robbie Davis, will also compete in the tournament on an exemption as he won the Florida Amateur title in 1990.
Jones and Huntington each qualified for a spot in the Florida Amateur after finishing in the Top 14 at a local qualifying tournament at TPC Tampa. The qualifying event at TPC Tampa featured 69 golfers looking for one of 14 spots in the Florida Amateur Championships.
At the qualifier at TPC Tampa, Jones, who was a Second-Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection and a PING/GCAA All-South Region honoree this past season, carded a 70 to finish in a tie for third place, while Huntington shot a 74 to tie for the final qualifying spot from TPC Tampa.
Coultas, who was named a PING First-Team All-American and also earned the Division II Phil Mickelson Award as the top freshmen, earned his exemption into this year's field at the Florida State Amateur after shooting a 12-under par 201 at the Belleair Country Club to take home the 60th Florida State Boys' Junior Amateur Championship last summer.
Davis earned a lifetime exemption to compete in the Florida State Amateur Championship after taking home the championship trophy at the 1990 Florida Amateur.
During the recently completed season at Florida Southern, Jones recorded a 73.00 scoring average in 33 rounds and 11 events on the season. Jones had five Top 10 finishes, including three Top 5 finishes, all of which came during the spring season as he was the Mocs top finisher at four of its six spring events. He recorded 13 rounds of par or better on the season, including a low round of 68 at both the Matlock Classic (2nd round) and Southeastern Collegiate (1st round) and placed tied for 33rd at the NCAA Division II National Championships as he shot a six-over 219 for 54 holes at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. and recently finished runner-up at the Youth Villa Classic held at the Bartow Country Club over Memorial Day weekend. The Youth Villa Classic is one of Polk County's five major yearly amateur tournaments.
As a sophomore in 2015, Huntington recorded a 76.70 scoring average in 33 rounds and 11 events on the season. He had three rounds of par or better on the season and shot a season low round of 71 in the second round of the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga. In his career, he has a 78.98 career scoring average in 59 rounds and 21 tournaments.
As a freshman during the recently completed 2015 season, Coultas led the Mocs with a 71.82 scoring average in 33 rounds and 11 events. He had four Top 5 finishes, including taking home medalist honors at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational during the fall campaign as he shot a 10-under par 203 at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga. He recorded 18 rounds of par or better on the season, including a team season low round of 66 in the first round of the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. Coultas was the Mocs top finisher in four of its 11 tournaments and tied for fourth at this year's NCAA Division II National Championships and was runner-up at the 2015 SSC Men's Golf Championships.
The Florida State Amateur Championships is one of the oldest and prestigious amateur golf championships in the country. This year the Amateur goes to the majestic Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and Ocala National Golf Club. Golden Ocala includes eight recreated tribute holes from the world's finest courses, such as Augusta and St. Andrews. Ocala National Golf Club is a challenging championship style layout located across the street from Golden Ocala.
The amateur championship is open to amateur golfers that are either a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least four months per year, have otherwise established legal residency or graduated from a Florida high school and presently attend an out-of-state college or a military personnel or a dependent of a military personnel based in Florida on active duty. In addition, the player must have a handicap no higher than an 11.4.
TPC Tampa hosted one of the 13 local qualifying tournaments for the 2015 Florida State Amateur Championships.
Players that advance to the Florida State Amateur Championship will play 72 holes of individual stroke play, including playing 18 holes each at Golden Ocala and Ocala National. Following the first two rounds (36) on June 25-26, the field will be cut to the lowest 70 scores and ties. The final 36 holes of the championship will be played at Golden Ocala and the lowest score for 72 holes will be declared the champion. If necessary, there will be a three hole aggregate score playoff for the championship.
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Other Moccasin Men's Golf News:
- Former Moccasin and two-time NCAA Division II individual National Champion Tim Crouch missed the cut at last weekend's Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village. Crouch, who was playing the tournament on an exemption from the Captain's Club Committee, shot rounds of 76 and 74 in his first-ever PGA Tour event. Crouch won back-to-back individual D-II national championships in 2013 and 2014.
- Former Moccasin and 1986 NCAA Division II individual National Champion Lee Janzen qualified for next weekend's 2015 U.S. Open Championships at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., on Monday after finishing first at a sectional qualifer at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. At the sectional qualifier at Old Oaks, Janzen, who was one of 71 players vying for four spots in the U.S. Open, shot a 4-under 137 for 36 holes to earn his way back to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2008. Janzen won the U.S. Open Championships in 1993 at Baltusrol and in 1998 at Olympia Club. The U.S. Open Championships are schedule for June 18-21.
- Janzen wasn't the only golfer with Moccasin ties looking to earn a spot in this year's U.S. Open Championships as Coultas fell short in a sectional qualifier at the Bears Clubs in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday as he shot rounds of 72 and 76 for a 4-over 148, while Crouch failed to qualify after shooting a 3-over par 140 on Monday as he carded rounds of 75 and 68 in a sectional qualifier at the Springfield (Ohio) Country Club.