Florida Public Links: Shuart takes title
HAINES CITY, Fla. (June 8, 2014) -- T.J. Shuart fired a 2-under 70 to secure a one-shot victory at the 2014 Florida Public Links Championship at Southern Dunes Golf Club.

Shuart, a former Loyola-Maryland golfer, finished at 7-under 209 for the 54-hole event. He rallied from a three-shot deficit to first-round leader Jamey Salmon to take the lead during Saturday's second round and never looking back.

In the final round Shuart would turn at even par 36 after a roller coaster front nine which included three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey. With several past FSGA Champions lurking close behind, Shuart would hit the accelerator on the back nine making birdies on 12, 14 and 15 to go along with only one bogey to cap off his round of two-under par 70. With his victory, Shuart has now won the Public Links Championship in two of the past three years.

Don Bell, of Port Orange continued his great play in 2014 to finish alone in second place after rounds of 69-71-70. Bell recently captured the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in early May. Daniel Debra, of Lutz would take home third place honors after rounds of 69-71-71. Three players finished tied for fourth place including the 2006 Amateur Public Links Champion and reigning FSGA Amateur Player of the Year, Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora.

-Information from the Florida State Golf Association was used in this report

ABOUT THE Florida Amateur Public Links

For public course players, the Public Links Championship is 36 holes of stroke play and flighted after 18 holes. Competitors must be bona fide public course players who have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges at any private club maintaining its own course. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges at a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which he/she attends, or (2) a federal armed service at which he/she is a member, or (3) an industry by which he/she is employed. Players must be a member of the FSGA.

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