WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Danny Germaine of Palm Beach Gardens birdied the first extra hole Sunday to win the Palm Beach County Public Links Championship in a playoff for the second year in a row.
Germaine, 29, outlasted West Palm Beach teenager Mike Kartrude after they tied at seven under par 137 on final round scores of 68 and 70 at the West Palm Beach Golf Club. Kartrude, 19, led Germaine after the first round Saturday, 67 to 69.
In the playoff, Germaine was short and in a greenside bunker at the par-5 18th hole, blasted on and sank a four-footer for the win. Moments earlier, Kartrude’s par putt spun out of the cup. He had hit his second shot left of the cart path which borders the left side of the green and his third shot was short and on the slope.
A year ago, Germaine birdied the same 18th hole to edge Scott Rossa and former champions Tim Cox and Paul Piccolo after a four-way tie at 142.
“I just got off to a better start this year,” said Germaine, noting rounds of 73-69 in ‘07.
Piccolo was the first round leader last year on 68.
“There weren’t any other big difference like the weather or playing conditions,” Germaine said. “I just played well this weekend, made some putts and didn’t get myself in any trouble.”
He had six birdies Saturday and five Sunday. Kartrude made six birdies each day, his last one in regulation Sunday at No. 18.
It was the first time Germaine had won the same tournament two years in a row. He won both overall and age group titles at the Nicklaus Junior Championship in 1994, the 13-15 flight, and 1997, the 16-18 division.
Germaine won three Palm Beach County Golf Association events in 2007 en route to Player of the Year honors and a nomination as the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Amateur Athlete of the Year.
His defense was unsuccessful at the Stroke Play in June as he missed the prize list. He’ll try again at the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Aug. 23-24 at Hobe Sound Golf Club.
“I guess I’ll just take the trophy back to the shop,” added Germaine, who is manager of the Edwin Watts golf store in St. Lucie West.
Paul Brinkman Jr. of Palm Springs was the winner of the first flight for players in the 52-player field who shot 77 or higher here Saturday. Brinkman, 19, an incoming sophomore at Florida State University, finished 77-73—150.
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