MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2013) -- Gregory Eason of Leicester City, England overcame one of the “top 25” fields in the world to become the 2013 South Beach International Amateur Champion, firing a 69 on Sunday for two stroke victory Bailey Patrick of Charlotte, North Carolina. Eason who plays his collegiate golf at the University of Central Florida ended the tournament at 5 under par (278) and moves from 42nd to 22nd in the world ranking with this major win.
Patrick, who plays his college golf at North Carolina carded a 3 under 68 on the firm and fast Miami Beach Golf Club to end up in sole position of second place at 3 under (280). Virginia Tech’s Bryce Chalkley of Richomd, Virginia finished 4 strokes back after Shooting a 72 (282) in the final round. Tying Chalkley for third place was University of New Mexico golfer Victor Perez of Semeac, France who shot a final round 71.
The #44th ranked player in the world Rich Lamb of South Bend, Indiana turned in the round of the day with a 4 under par 67 to lead the pack of four players tied for fifth place at 1 over par (284). Joining Lamb and third round leader, 17 year old Kristian Caparros (76) of Hollywood Florida, were TCU’s Eli Cole of Beverly Hills, California (70) and Arizona State’s Grayson Murray (70) of Raliegh, North Carolina.
The South Beach International Amateur featured 204 of the top players in the world including 53 of the top 600 worldwide amateurs. Patrick and Caparros were the only amateurs ranked outside the top 170 players in the world to finish in the top 5 at this year’s tournament. Twenty four countries were represented by 95 international players ranking the South Beach International second only to the British Amateur in international participation worldwide.