Mississippi State Am: Wilson wins with final 68

MADISON, Miss. (June 10, 2007)-– On the final day at the Mississippi State Amateur, Steve Wilson, of Ocean Springs, shot a 4-under par, 68, to claim his first State Amateur title.

Wilson came out firing posting a 35 on the front nine, which included eight pars and one birdie. At the turn, Wilson was tied with Clay Homan, the leader entering Sunday’s final round. On the back nine, Wilson began to pull away with back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15, giving him a three stroke lead with three holes to play. Wilson handled the pressure down the stretch very well paring the last three holes to secure his victory over Starkville’s Josh Bevell.

Entering Sunday’s final round, Bevell, a member of the Mississippi State golf team, was four strokes behind the leader Homan. A strong final round 68 including a hole-in-one on the par three fifteenth gave Bevell a four day total of 283 and a second place finish.

Homan, of Starkville, shot a 2-over par, 74, to finish in fourth place with a total score of 285. Scott Rhodes of Ridgeland, and Matt Fast of Hattiesburg also a member of the Mississippi State golf team, rounded out the top five shooting a four day total of 285 and 286 respectively. For full results, click on the "see also" link at top of article and use the results tab.

--Story courtesy MGA

ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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