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R.J. Nakashian wins Florida Mid-Senior Championship
R.J. Nakashian
R.J. Nakashian
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (August 24, 2014) -- R.J. Nakashian fired a 54-hole tournament total of 1-under 213 to win the Florida State Mid-Senior Championship at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island. The Championship was conducted from August 22-24.

The Palm Beach Gardens resident -- who has won over 17 Palm Beach County Golf Association events since his golf team days at Florida Atlantic University -- recorded a final round of 1-over-par 73 on the Oak Marsh Course to secure the title by a single shot.

Nakashian, 46, opened up his Championship campaign with a stellar round of 4-under 66 on the Ocean Links course, to sit just one shot back before Saturday's second round.

After posting 74 on the more difficult Oak Marsh course, Nakashian would find himself two shots back of the 36-hole leader, Gordon Marshall, of Sarasota. Nakashian played a steady final round in windy conditions making 15 pars, one birdie and two bogeys for his round of 73. This is Nakashian’s first Mid-Senior Championship title. Earlier this year he finished T14 at the prestigious Coleman Invitational at Seminole.

RUNNER-UP SNOAP MAKES A GAME OF IT

Doug Snoap, of Apopka posted rounds of 71-70-73 to grab second place with a tournament total of 214. Snoap briefly grabbed the lead on Sunday, but a rough three hole stretch on holes 13-15 derailed his Championship hopes. Kelly Gosse, of Ocala, and Pete Williams, of Juno Beach, finished tied for third place with a tournament total of 216.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA MID-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

To be eligible for the Mid-Senior Championship, players must be 40 years of age or older. Each player played 18-holes each on the Ocean Links and Oak Marsh courses. After 36-holes the field was trimmed to the low 70 and ties, with the final round conducted on the Oak Marsh course, host site of the Big Break Amelia Island.

-- story courtesy Florida State G.A.

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