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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
And with that… the 2021 North Florida PGA Section Championship has come to an end! After a great day of exciting and competitive play, the winner of the Section Championship is Greg Koch, and the winner of the Women’s Section Championship is Destiny Lawson!
Heading into today’s final round of the Section Championship, the competition was tight as Greg Koch and David Damesworth teed off at 10:00 am, both tied for first and given no room for error. Koch and Damesworth both made a birdie on hole 2, thus further paralleling their play and foreshadowing the day’s tight race for victory. Koch, who carded an additional four birdies on the front nine pulled ahead of Damesworth early on in the day but soon met another competitor closing in on him: Joseph Sabatino.
Sabatino, who impressively made an eagle on hole 2, was determined to pull ahead of Koch and Damesworth after finishing third in Round 2. Sabatino shot even for the remainder of the front nine and bogeyed on holes 11 and 12. Koch carded a birdie on hole 14 and bogeyed on hole 15, while Sabatino made two birdies on the back nine, in addition to carding another eagle on hole 14. Sabatino completed the round 5-under (67), and Koch completed the round 4-under (68). Koch concluded the Championship with a total score of 205, finishing slightly ahead of Sabatino at 206.
Meanwhile, Damesworth ended the round 3-over and tied for third place alongside Bryan Florio, who performed steadily in his final round of play. Destiny Lawson, who made an eagle on hole 14, fell one spot to fifth place and tied with Nick Joy, who climbed his way up the leaderboard after finishing the third round with five birdies.
In the NFPGA Women’s Section Championship, Lawson ended the tournament 2-under (214) and with a comfortable lead over Jennifer Borocz, who rebounded in her final round of play at 1-under (72), for a total of 221. Borocz carded an eagle on the second hole and finished the round with three birdies. Rounding out the top three is Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, who finished 9-over (225). Connelly-Eiswerth had a difficult third round, but was able to maintain her position, carding 40 pars throughout the three rounds. Emily Motta and Nathalie Filler both ended the third round 7-over (79), and they each carded a birdie after their third round of play. Motta finished fourth in the Women’s Section Championship at 15-over (231), and Filler concluded at 19-over (235).
After the Championship, Koch ranks first as the “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year,” surpassing Matt Borchert who falls to second, and Damesworth, who ascends to third. Rod Perry drops to fourth, while Borocz places fifth. Borocz ranks first as the “2021 NFPGA Woman Player of the Year,” ahead of Connelly-Eiswerth, who climbs to second place, and Filler, who finishes third.
Once again, congratulations Greg Koch and Destiny Lawson on your remarkable victories and first-time Section Championship wins! We want to thank all of our competitors for an incredible three days of play at Streamsong Resort! Thank you to the Streamsong team for your hospitality and hard work over the course of the event. Lastly, thank you to our Business Impact Partners for endlessly supporting our Section Championship.
We’re glad we could avoid the 4:00 pm torrential downpour and finish in the nick of time! Check out the full leaderboard here!
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Round 2 of the Section Championship has just wrapped…and it was quite the battle!
The three leading players, Greg Koch, David Damesworth and Destiny Lawson, teed off at 10:00 am as the battle for the Section Championship intensified.
With four birdies and three bogeys in his second round of play, Koch was able to remain the frontrunner as he heads into tomorrow’s final round 7-under (137). However, his lead diminishes as he now shares the top spot with Damesworth, who ended the second round 3-under (69), for a total score of 137. Damesworth, who was able to close in on Koch after carding an eagle on hole 14, certainly boasts momentum on his side as he approaches the final round tied for first place.
Lawson, who currently leads in the Women’s Section Championship, fell to fourth place after her second round of play. Although she carded an impressive four birdies in the round, she double-bogeyed on hole 7 and was overtaken by Joseph Sabatino, who finished with five birdies and stands at 5-under (139) after Round 2. Bryan Florio, who ended yesterday’s round 1-over (73) impeccably rebounded after carding four birdies and ended Round 2 4-under (68), bringing his 2-day total to 141. Matt Borchert, who currently leads the race for “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” is sixth place on the leaderboard and finished Round 2 with a remarkable seven birdies. His 2-day total score is 142, and he narrowly leads Nick Joy, Jason Hrynkiw, Ryan Hritz, and Stephen Arnold, all of whom are tied for seventh place and going into tomorrow with a total score of 144.
In Round 2 of the NFPGA Women’s Section Championship, Lawson leads comfortably against Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, whose two-day total stands at 5-over (149) and Jennifer Borocz, who enters tomorrow’s round 6-over (152). Connelly-Eiswerth and Borocz finished Round 2 even at 72. Emily Motta replicated her score from yesterday’s round and currently has a 2-day total of 152. Nathalie Filler, who made an eagle on hole 13 yesterday, heads into tomorrow’s final round at 156.
With Koch and Damesworth neck-and-neck going into tomorrow’s final round, it truly is anyone’s Section Championship to claim! Check back tomorrow to see who wins, and check out the full leaderboard here!
Monday, September 13, 2021
And just like that… Round 1 of the North Florida PGA Section Championship is off with a bang!
As the clock struck 8:00 am, the players began teeing off from holes 1 and 10 on the Blue Course at Streamsong Resort as their pursuit for victory officially began. With 78 players hitting the course with a lot on the line, day 1 was full of rigorous competition.
With the Championship trophy and “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” bragging rights up for grabs, the opening round saw five players break par, with Greg Koch establishing a commanding dominance, finishing 6-under (66) and carding 6 birdies in the 18-hole round. Koch, who currently stands second in the race to be crowned the “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” leads David Damesworth, who wrapped the round close on Koch’s heels at 4-under (68). Damesworth finished with five birdies, four of which were on the back nine.
Destiny Lawson emerged as the top women’s player, finishing 2-under (70) with an impressive four birdies. She currently rounds out the top three. Jason Beatty and Joseph Sabatino concluded the round 1-under (71) and are tied for fourth place going into tomorrow’s second round. Beatty started strong, making two birdies on the first two holes but double-bogeyed on the 15th hole. Rounding out the top positions on the leaderboard are Mark Rummings, Stephen Arnold and Gregory McClimans, who all finished even (72).
In Round 1 of the NFPGA Women’s Section Championship, Lawson leads Emily Motta, the West Central Chapter Championship winner, who finished 4-over (76) and currently stands at second place. Motta heads into tomorrow with a razor-thin advantage over Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, who ended the round 5-over (77) and finished third. Jennifer Borocz, who is currently leading as the “2021 NFPGA Woman Player of the Year,” Nathalie Filler, 2020 NFPGA Women’s Section Championship winner and Cheryl Anderson all finished the round tied for fourth place at 6-over (78).
The NFPGA Section Championship is surely shaping up to be a nail-biter! Come back tomorrow for a recap of Round 2, and check out the full leaderboard from today’s first round here!
Frirday, September 10, 2021
Seventy-eight players are Streamsong-bound and ready to embark on the most high-profile Section event of the year: the North Florida PGA Section Championship. Beginning Monday, September 13th, the players will hit the Blue Course at Streamsong Resort and compete in their quest for victory in the 3-day tournament.
The event will serve as the deciding factor to ultimately determine who will secure the title of “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year,” as it is the final points event of the year.
Returning champion Rod Perry is certainly the one to watch, as he stands third in the “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” race but boasts momentum on his side after sealing the victory at the most recent Section event, the NFPGA Pro-Pro at The Palencia Club in St. Augustine. Whether or not he will defend his victory and build on his growing collection of Section trophies remains to be seen as he will face off against some formidable opponents in the Open Division, including:
- Matt Borchert, who currently leads in the “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” ranking.
- Greg Koch, who recently won the East Central Chapter Championship and is second in the “2021 NFPGA Player of the Year” ranking.
- Tom Adrounie, who secured the victory at the NFPGA Assistant Professional Championship.
- Jonathan Mansfield, who placed first at the NFPGA Senior PPC.
- Nick Frontero, who recently won the NFPGA Pro-Pro Championship alongside Perry.
Nathalie Filler, returning champion of the Women’s Division in 2020, returns and will face off against the following players in both the Women’s and Open Division:
- Jennifer Borocz, who was victorious at the Northern Chapter Championship and is currently leading as the “2021 NFPGA Woman Player of the Year.”
- Emily Motta, who had a clean sweep victory at the West Central Chapter Championship.
- Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth, who placed third at the 2021 LPGA Professionals National Championship.
- Cheryl Anderson, who placed within the top 20 at the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. (Anderson is competing solely in the Women’s Division).
- Destiny Lawson, a relative newcomer to the Section competing in her second NFPGA event.
We wish everyone the best of luck this week as you play on the magnificent terrain that the Blue Course has to offer, and we can’t wait to see where everyone stands after Monday’s first round! Be sure to tune in after each round as we provide a daily wrap up.