- October 23, 2021
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It took two birdies and an eagle on a par-4 hole but Toby Ragland of Jacksonville and Jayce Barber of Gainesville qualified for the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Oct. 7 at Lakewood National Piper Course in Lakewood Ranch.
Ragland, a former University of Florida player and Barber, the brother of PGA Tour member Blayne Barber, came to their 17th hole needing some magic to catch Devon Hopkins of Jacksonville Beach and former JU player Matt Kleinrock for the second of two qualifying spots.
They got it.
Ragland made a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 8 (the two began their round at the 10th hole), then holed a 9-iron from 148 yards at No. 9 for an eagle-two to tie Hopkins and Kleinrock and force a playoff. Both teams shot 8-under 64, one shot behind medalists Ryan Terry of Nashville and Blanton Farmer of Bradenton.
On the fourth hole of sudden death, Barber made a 4-foot birdie putt to clinch the spot.
The U.S. Four-Ball will be May 14-18, 2022, at the Country Club of Birmingham, Ala.
Hopkins, as an aside, continued a busy amateur playing schedule. The day before the Four-Ball qualifier, he shot 72 at the Coral Creek Club in Placida to tie for sixth in the Florida Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship, finishing at 2-over-par 212. Charles Castellano of Miami won with three 68s in a row for a 6-under 204.
The second annual Firehouse Subs Open Golf Tournament at the TPC Sawgrass on Oct. 6, raised more than $630,000 through a combination of entry fees, sponsorships, tournament fundraising activities and an online auction.
Proceeds went to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which to date has awarded more than $62.5 million in lifesaving equipment to first responders and their units across the country.
Participants in this year’s Firehouse Subs Open Golf Tournament included first responders from Duval County, Nassau County and the City of St. Augustine.
Jacksonville University is holding a golf tournament to benefit the men’s and women’s golf programs on Nov. 22 at the Marsh Landing Country Club.
Participants will be able to compete and otherwise interact with members of the Dolphins teams and coaching staffs. Foursomes are $1,500 each and an individual entry fee is $400, with additional sponsorship levels available, as well as hole sponsorships.
Online registration is at judolphins.com/sb_output.aspx?form=42. Online donations can be made by visiting givecampus.com/campaigns/24200/donations/new.
A junior clinic will be held in conjunction with the PXG Women’s Match Play Championship on Oct. 31 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame Slammer & Squire course.
The clinic is free for junior players from 7-17 years old but participants are asked to register ahead of time at pxgwmpc.com.
Players in the tournament will be among the instructors. They also will conduct a Q&A about their professional careers.
Junior players can bring their own clubs, or or a set will be provided, courtesy of First Tee-North Florida.
The Jacksonville Area Golf Association Fall Four-Ball at Deercreek Oct. 18 has a full field of 42 teams after an initial goal of 40 teams.
There will be gross and net divisions for men and women, with no age restrictions. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m.
The Jacksonville Beach Golf Club will hold women’s clinics during the month of November, with participants able to choose four days during the month for $150.
Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Classes will be held to six students at a time.
For information, call (904) 247-6184.