Philip Knowles, 17, wins Florida State Match Play
NAPLES, Fla. (August 3, 2014) — Philip Knowles of Bradenton, Fla. capped off his impressive run at the Florida State Match Play Championship with a 4-and-2 victory in the final, defeating Edward Figueroa of Naples.

Knowles, just 17-years-old and an incoming senior at Bradenton Christian High School, was the eighth-seeded player heading into the match play portion of the event. He advanced to the quarterfinals where he was greeted by top-seed Tommy Hurst of Newberry College. Knowles won 4-and-3, moving on to meet another Florida high-school standout Danny Walker, handing him defeat on the 18th hole.

Figueroa, the tournament's 11-seed, trailed the entire match, parring the par-three 16th hole while Knowles clinched victory with a two.

Knowles, who will be in Atlanta for the U.S. Amateur in two weeks. came as close to winning as possible a year ago, losing to Kevin Jorden in the final match.

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Prequalifying to determine a championship field of 64 players. 18 holes of stroke play to determine seeding for the match play bracket. Open to male amateur golfers with a valid USGA handicap index not exceeding 11.4. Must be a member of the FSGA.

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