Joe Alfieri with 2016 Florida Amateur Public Links trophy
(Florida Golf Association Photo)
ESTERO, FL (June 12, 2016) -- The players faced
difficult weather conditions during the first two rounds
of the Florida Amateur Public Links Championship.
Round one, on Friday, was delayed after playing for just
over an hour. Despite the inclement weather, David
Burnham shinned some light on the day after making a
hole-in-one from 218 yards on the par three seventh
hole with a four iron.
The players returned to finish their first round on
Saturday where play was again suspended at 4:19 p.m.
Joe Alfieri, of Lutz, and Marc-Olivier Plasse, of
Champions Gate, were tied for the lead at even-par
after the first round. Mike Andre, of Fort Myers, and
Martin Cancino, of Boca Raton, followed one-stroke
behind tied for second.
Sunday made for a long day of golf with the players
finishing their second round and playing their final
Alfieri, the 2015 Amateur Player of the Year, rose to
lead by one-stroke heading into the final round after a
steady second round of 1-over-par 73.
Alfieri, who finished second in the Florida Amateur
Public Links Championship last year, was looking for a
different result in 2016. After carding three birdies in a
row on holes 3-5 and one more birdie on the 7th, Alfieri
made the turn at 2-under-par in his final round.
Five birdies on his last nine holes sealed a victory for
Alfieri with a final round of 6-under-par 66 and a
tournament total 211 (-5). Eight shots back in second
place was Casper Howells, of Fort Myers, who posted
consistent rounds of 74-72-73—219. Austin Schultz, of
North Port, carded an impressive final round of 67 to
advance to third place with a 220 tournament total.
The Florida Amateur Public Links Championship is
open to bona fide public course players who are not
members of a private club and also do not have a
handicap index any higher than 6.4. Competitors play
18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days.
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