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Downs edges Spies in Platinum Coast

ROCKLEDGE, Florida (September 16, 2007) -- West Palm Beach's Erik Downs played a bogey-free 18 holes Sunday to win the 47th Platinum Coast golf tournament at Rockledge County Club.

Downs, a sophomore member of the Flagler College golf team, shot rounds of 71 and 67 to total 4-under-par 138 and edge Brevard Community College's Devin Spies of Rockledge by one stroke. Spies shot 70 and 69 to finish at 139.

Four golfers tied for third at 141: Chris Muratori of BCC, who hails from New Smyrna Beach; Ian Ross; former BCC golfer Kyle Westhorpe of Titusville; and Jason Kimpel of BCC, who hails from Atlanta.

Dennis Brady of Melbourne won the senior title, shooting 70 and 74 for 144 to defeat Ken Courtier (76-72-148), Jay Jennison (78-73-151) and last year's senior winner, Chip Peterson of Melbourne (76-75-151).

Consistency was the key for Downs.

"I just played solid for two rounds," he said. "I putted good, hit the ball good, chipped good, did everything pretty good."

Downs finished 20 minutes ahead of the final foursome and waited under threatening skies before being able to claim his first major tournament title.

He wasn't sure about his chances coming in, though.

"I didn't play that much beforehand," he said. "Some of my friends helped me out during the practice round and got it going."

Downs said the difference between Saturday's round and Sunday's round on the par-71 course was his irons.

"I probably hit my irons closer and better than yesterday," Downs said. "I had a couple of loose holes yesterday and today I was pretty solid throughout the whole 18."

For Spies, it came down to not taking advantage of opportunities.

"Coming in, I had downhill putts -- gave myself chances. I just didn't make them," he said.

"I was right where I wanted to be with a chance on the back nine, that's all I could do, the putts wouldn't drop. Overall, I'm happy because I haven't been playing well recently. But there's always room for improvement. I left a bunch of shots out there."

Spies now looks forward to the start of BCC's fall season next Sunday and Monday at Webber International University's tournament in Haines City.

Club pro Ed Buckey was pleased with the two-day tournament.

"We had a lot of good players out here, a lot of low scores," he said.

"Somebody asked me before the tournament started and I said '4- or 5-under would win' and 4-under won."

For Brady, a hamburger and a little talk with himself made the difference.

"On the front nine (Sunday), I shot a 40 because then I hit a couple of errant drives," he said. "On the back nine, I shot 1 over, I had to suck it up a little bit.

"The guys got a little close there toward the back . . . the one guy birdied (No.) 9 and I bogeyed it and I went, "Geez, I gotta suck it up, so I stopped and got a hamburger, sucked up, had a little internal meeting and said, 'This is it.' We got it straightened up on the back nine."

Coutesy MARK DeCOTIS FLORIDA TODAY

Postion Player Name 1st Rnd 2nd Rnd Total 1 DOWNS, ERIK 71 67 138 2 SPIES, DEVIN 70 69 139 T3 KIMPEL, JASON 74 67 141 T3 MURATORI, CHRIS 66 75 141 T3 ROSS, IAN 71 70 141 T3 WESTHORPE, KYLE 71 70 141 7 BARBOSA, MICHAEL 69 73 142 T8 BRAY, CHRISTOPHER 72 71 143 T8 GILLETT, LANCE 68 75 143 T10 KERR-DINEEN, LUKE 73 71 144 T10 BRADY, DENNIS 70 74 144 T12 BEINDORF, JACKSON 73 72 145 T12 BLANCHET, CHRISTIAN 74 71 145 T12 CELANO, FEDERICO 71 74 145 T12 HAWLEY, CHRIS 71 74 145 T16 DAVIS, STEVEN 72 74 146 T16 MOU HOO CHUNG, TOMMY 74 72 146 18 GOLDAN, CHRIS 74 73 147 T19 BELSITO, GREG 75 73 148 T19 HOWARD, J.R. 74 74 148 T19 McGHEE, PAUL 73 75 148 T19 McKINNEY, JOHN 73 75 148 T19 SAVAGE, GARTH 74 74 148 T19 TOLBERT, TRAVIS 76 72 148 T19 WINGO, JUSTIN 74 74 148 T19 COUTURIER, KEN 76 72 148 T27 GOODIN, RYAN 71 78 149 T27 KIM, DAVID 74 75 149 T27 LAMB, PATRICK 73 76 149 T30 IVARSSON, FREDRIK 76 74 150 T30 LEACH, DAVE 73 77 150 T30 MERRELL, KODI 79 71 150 T30 WESTHORPE, SEAN 75 75 150 T30 ZAPPIN, NICK 78 72 150 T35 ROBINSON, ZACH 75 76 151 T35 JENNISON, JAY 78 73 151 T35 PETERSON, CHIP 76 75 151 T39 BRODERICK, A.J. 74 78 152 T39 CLARK, ANDREW 78 74 152 T39 GUPTILL, JASON 80 72 152 T39 KIRK, ANDREW 77 75 152 T39 PRESSENTIN, ANDREW 74 78 152 T39 WEISENBERG, DAN 75 77 152 T45 DUNLOP, JIM 75 78 153 T45 LUZAR, RICK 81 72 153 T47 KINGMAN JR., DARRYL 79 75 154 T47 SHUFELT, BILL 77 77 154 T49 SMITH, SHELTON 76 79 155 T49 WALL, SAM 77 78 155 T49 WESTHORPE, CHRISTIAN 81 74 155 52 ROJAS, DANIEL 74 82 156 T53 KELLERMANN, DAN 80 78 158 T53 RICHARD, JACOB 81 77 158 T53 STORMS, KEITH 81 77 158 T53 HIRT, GERRY 77 81 158 T57 BOURNE, STEPHEN 81 78 159 T57 CRANSTON, COLTON 81 78 159 T57 FOXX, TYLER 79 80 159 T57 LEWIS, SAM 78 81 159 T57 MENYHART, MIKE 80 79 159 T57 McLACKEN, STEVE 80 79 159 T57 FLAGG, JIM 80 79 159 T64 GEIGER, CODY 80 80 160 T64 SMITH, CHRIS 78 82 160 T64 HUFF, SCOTT 85 75 160 T67 ALEXANDER, GEORGE 77 84 161 T67 BARGER, RICK 77 84 161 T67 DARMSTADT, RAY 80 81 161 T70 RUTLEDGE, BOOMER 79 83 162 T70 WELDON, CHARLIE 83 79 162 T72 BURSON, SPENCER 80 84 164 T72 WIMSETT, CHIRS 78 86 164 74 DUNCAN, MICHAEL 85 81 166 74 DRURY, KEVIN 86 85 171 HOUSTON, JESS 70 WDI ---- ALTENHOF, KEVIN 78 WDI ---- DRISCOLL, JOHN 80 NS ---- BENNARDO, ZACK 81 NS ---- FUCHIGAMI, TAKESHI NS ---- MULVIN, BRIAN NS ---- PIRATZKY, ADAM NS ----

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