M.J. Maguire rallies to win Southern Amateur
M.J. Maguire
M.J. Maguire
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (July 19, 2014) – Playing steady in wet, windy conditions Saturday at the difficult Honors Course, St. Pete’s M.J. Maguire won the 108th Southern Amateur. He captured the prestigious title by avoiding the various disasters that befell other players when they were atop the finat round leaderboard.

Maguire, a sports management senior at the University of North Florida, closed with a 1-under-par 71 for a 284 total that was three shots clear of the star-studded and star-crossed field. “This is by far the biggest win of my amateur career,” said Maguire, who began playing conservative when so many others were flaming out.

Overnight leader Beau Hossler, the Texas Longhorn star from California, triple-bogied the first hole, then suffered quadruple bogey 7 on the third hole. His mangled scorecard added up to an unthinkable 46 on the front nine. After a practice round early in the week, Hossler tweeted his followers thusly: “The Honors Course is HARD!!” Indeed. Virginia Tech senior Trevor Cone inherited the top spot only to go bogey-bogey-double bogey midway through the back nine. That left Aussie Geoff Drakeford in front, but he suffered the biggest disaster of all when he hit two balls in the hazard on the 16th hole where a 2-shot penalty on his caddy was tacked on for a quintuple bogey eight, allowing Maguire to cruise home to the victory.

As champion, Maguire earns an invitation to play in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring in Orlando. “I’ll be there,” he said emphatically.

The 109th Southern Am is scheduled to be played at Old Waverly GC, West Point, MS, next July.

ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is one of three competitions held by the Southern Golf Association. Its champions roster is like a who’s who’s of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others who have won or finished in a challenging position and gone on to national and/or international prominence include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January, Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig, Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner, Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.

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Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
1FLM.J. MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL100069-72-72-71=284
T2FranceVictor PerezFrance70072-70-71-74=287
T2AustraliaGeoffrey DrakefordAustralia70068-74-70-75=287
T4CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA50070-68-70-80=288
T4ZimbabweScott VincentZimbabwe50072-72-74-70=288

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