SCOTT & KAITLYN SCHROEDER SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND FAMILY DIVISION;

RICK & KELLY ROOT TAKE HOME COUPLES TITLE AT JAGA FAMILY CHAMPIONSHIP

FOR RELEASE: Saturday, December 18, 2021
 
SCOTT & KAITLYN SCHROEDER SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND FAMILY DIVISION;
RICK & KELLY ROOT TAKE HOME COUPLES TITLE AT JAGA FAMILY CHAMPIONSHIP

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL — University of North Florida golf coach Scott Schroeder and his 16-year-old daughter Kaitlyn bettered their 2020 winning score by one and successfully defended the JAGA Family Championship Family Division Gross title they won last December at Jax Beach Golf Course. The Schroeders were declared champions after a match of cards with Chester and Chet Stokes of Marsh Landing Country Club. The two teams posted scores of 10-under-par 61 on a particularly beautiful 75-degree December day in Northeast Florida.
 
Kaitlyn Schroeder is the reigning First Coast Women’s Amateur champion. She recently committed to attend and play golf at the University of Alabama.
 
Capturing the Couples Division Gross title with a score of 62 were Rick and Kelly Root. They outlasted Underwood Cup Professional Team Captain Tim Peterson and wife Debbie by one.
 
In Net play, Danny and Will Eckles took home the Family Division top prize with a score of 59, while last year’s Couples Gross Division winners Bob and Melissa Gotfredson of Sawgrass Country Club won the Couples Net competition this year posting a 60.
 
Scott Schroeder and daughter Kaitlyn successfully defended their Family Division/Gross title.

Family Division/Gross Runners-Up Chester Stokes and his Jax Beach city councilman son Chet Stokes.
 
The format was a two-person scramble in both divisions.
 
A sold-out field of 152 players competed in morning and afternoon waves featuring men and women, grandparents, parents, and youth from as young as eight-year-old Wynn McCann to several in their 80s. Teams were comprised of a variety of family combinations.
 
The event was conducted by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) for the fourth year in a row and chaired by Duke Butler III of TPC Sawgrass and family members, wife Sheila, son Duke IV and daughter Sadie. Butler is also a Life Member of the PGA of America and a former PGA TOUR executive.
 
The following are the top-three finishers in the gross and net divisions. Par at Jax Beach GC is 71. Teams were eligible to win only one prize. Gross ties were broken based on a scorecard match starting at No. 18 and going backwards. Net ties used fractions from handicap calculations to break ties.
 
 
  • A legally blind golfer, Bill Pease, won the longest putt competition draining an 81-footer.
  • Jamie Kanehl and Hannah Stevens of the Flagler College women’s golf team were co-winners of “Best Holiday Costume”.
  • Richard Ames hit it closest to the hole on No. 4 and Keanu Evans, who played in a foursome with Len Mattiace, won closest on No. 14.
 
Hannah Stevens of Flagler College was a co-winner of “Best Holiday Costume” with Jamie Kanehl.
 
Joe Monahan made an extra special effort to be a guest of his friend and tournament chair Butler at The Family Championship. On Friday, the Boston-based attorney and his PGA TOUR commissioner son Jay won the gross competition at the TOUR’s PNC Championship in Orlando. On Saturday morning, “Joe the Pro” as his friends call him, joined his regular group, the Munchkins, at TPC Sawgrass-Dye’s Valley and shot his age (78), then hustled over to Jax Beach GC where he partnered with Mike Charrie….54 holes in about 24 hours! He quipped after the round, “I’m headed to TopGolf now!”
 
      
Joe Monahan, Santa and tournament chair Duke Butler.
 
The Family Championship joined the JAGA schedule with its new format in 2018 but its roots lie in two former JAGA events, the Father-Son and Couples tournaments. The Family Championship is a re-creation of the two, with the circle of family eligibility connections greatly expanded.
 
Moore-Myers Children’s Fund was well represented by
(left to right)
Larry and Larry Winters III, Nicholas Flowers
and Terry Allen, here with Santa.
 
“Santa lived up to his promise and raised the temperature about 20 degrees this year, which set the stage for a perfect day for family members to make new life memories on the golf course,” said chairman Butler. “We thank everyone who played or volunteered as well as GM Bruce Mohler and the entire Jax Beach Golf Club stay for their contributions to the tournament’s success. The spirit, atmosphere and fun everyone has makes The Family Championship a most unique event on the Jacksonville-area golf calendar.”
 
Butler and Mohler announced the 2022 Family Championship would return to Jax Beach Golf Course on Dec. 17, 2022. 
 
NEXT UP FOR JAGA
 


The 2022 JAGA tournament schedule will be announced in early January. Information on all tournaments will be available at www.jaxareagolf.org.


ABOUT JAGA

Established in 1954, JAGA celebrated its 68th year in 2021. It is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of approximately 40-member golf clubs/courses located in Northeast Florida. JAGA’s mission is to promote golf and goodwill through tournaments and related events and activities. It conducts 12 tournaments, including six championship events and six others that feature team formats. JAGA also manages a college scholarship program that can maintain financial aid for as many as 28 deserving students per year. Since 1974, the program has generated approximately $1.8 million in financial aid to approximately 375 students. Each year between five and eight new scholarships are awarded.
 
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