Palm Beach Stroke Play: Smith By 1

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (May 31, 2009)--Brandon Smith scored his second Palm Beach County Golf Association victory, the first on his own ball, when he won the 13th annual Tire Kingdom Stroke Play Championship on Sunday at Banyan Golf Club.

Two down at the start of the final round, and four behind after two holes, Smith, 27, of West Palm Beach, rallied to beat Tequesta teenager Brant Peaper by a stroke, 139 to 140, on final round scores of 71 and 74. Peaper led Smith after Saturday’s play, 66-68.

“I was playing well but getting frustrated with my putting because nothing was falling,” said Smith, who finally had a significant result on the green when he sank an 18 footer for birdie after hitting an 8-iron to the green at the par-3 16th hole.

It pulled Smith, an insurance agent, even with Peaper, who had birdied the 15th. Then Peaper bogeyed the 17th when he missed the green and both missed long birdie putts at the 18th.

The win “should give me a lot of confidence going into the summer season,” Smith added. “Mentally, I stayed in it, stayed focused, even though I was getting frustrated with my putting.”

Smith has been playing as an amateur on the Minor League Golf Tour in recent months “to knock the rust off my game and get ready for the summer. I usually don’t really get going until June or July.”

He earned his only PBCGA victory in 2005 at Abacoa Golf Club, the Senior-Junior with Dann Merrell, and his only MLGT win was in May, 2007, at Miami Shores Country Club. In 2005, Smith also won the prestigious Invitational de Avila in Tampa.

The son of Brian Peaper, head professional at the Lost Tree Club and recently elected vice president of the South Florida PGA Section, Brant was graduated from the Benjamin School last week and is headed for Indiana University on a golf scholarship.

The Stroke Play Championship had 102 entries. Next on the PBCGA schedule: the Public Links Championship Saturday and Sunday at PGA National. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

Final results of the Palm Beach County Stroke Play Championship, played May 30-31, 2009 at Banyan Golf Course:

Brandon Smith, 68-71--139. $500
Brant Peaper, 66-74--140, $350
Steven Bernard, 70-71--141, $175
Erik Downs, 71-70--141, $175
Tommy Parker, 75-67--142, $112.50
Robbie Wight, 73-69--142, $112.50
Chappell Brown, 76-67--143, $90
Craig Howell, 71-74--145, $75
R.J. Nakashian, 73-72--145, $75
Danny Evelyn, 77-69--146, $55
Chris Cowell, 71-75--146, $55
Scott Wilson, 72-74--146, $55
Danny Germaine, 74-73--147, $45
Gabe Costa , 75-73--148, $33.25
Matthew Evelyn, 73-75--148, $33.25
Kyle Osler, 75-73--148, $33.25
Andy Johncke, 74-74--148, $33.25
Taylor Szyndlar, 76-73--149, $27
Marc Rosenbaum, 79-71--150, $26
Kevin Ach, 76-75--151, $24.50
Scott Rossa, 75-76--151, $24.50
Brett Rendina, 78-74--152, $15
Kyle Henderson, 77-75--152, $15
Jason Dollard, 80-72--152, $15
Michael Robinson, 80-72--152, $15
Dave Robson, 76-76--152, $15
Deron Zendt, 76-76--152, $15
Brian Coffey, 76-76--152, $15
Michael Kartrude, 72-80--152, $15
Austin Powell, 74-78--152, $15
Jeff Edmonson, 74-78--152, $15
Pete Williams, 75-77--152, $15
Lenny Loyd, 76-77--153
Shane Simmons, 75-78--153
Timothy Stieren, 75-78--153
Rick Westwood, 79-75--154
Ira Saltzman, 80-74--154
Martin Kenyon, 77-77--154
Ben Adelberg, 77-77--154
Jeff Turton, 80-74--154
Steve Condore, 75-79--154
Jerry Pellegrino, 77-78--155
Dave Tassell, 77-78--155
Vince Nobile, 79-77--156
Scott Blasie, 78-78--156
Jim Bounds, 80-76--156
Joe Ingarra, 82-74--156
Danny Getson, 82-74--156
Thomas Christensen, 83-73--156
Benjamin Bell, 78-79--157
Pete Prygelski, 78-79--157
Danniel Eggertsson, 79-78--157
Charles Schmiedel, 79-78--157
John Tighe, 82-75--157
David Dulman, 79-79--158
Matt Ribakoff, 79-79--158
Jin Chun Kim, 82-76--158
Paul Kaneb, 83-75--158
Steve Sponder, 79-80--159
Howard Sapper, 77-82--159
Michael Goldburg, 79-81--160
Jamie Krone, 81-79--160
Guy Kennen, 77-84--161
Mark Yogan, 81-80--161
Tim Hanlon, 89-72--161
Web Potter, 77-85--162
Chris Hatfield, 85-78--163
Terry Wright, 82-82--164
James McGuigan Sr., 86-78--164
Dennis Chaberd, 83-81--164
Brad Wilkerson, 81-84--165
Ron Fisher, 81-84--165
Darin Ruddock, 83-82--165
Paul Brinkman, 86-79--165
Thierry Prissert, 79-87--166
Dan Hearon, 84-82--166
Patrick Rooney Jr., 86-81--167
Chris Chaprnka, 85-82--167
Richard Maltzman, 85-86--171
Charles Fountain, II, 86-89--175
David Cliff, 83-92--175
Jeff Higgins, 83-93--176
John Lindgren, 87-90--177
Brian Donnelly, 98-83--181
Peter Park, 97-88--185
Tony Quairoli, 95-99--194
Russ Evans, 111-95--206
Axel Bettan, 87-WD--WD
Tom Fiocchi, 82-WD--WD
Phillip Doherty, WD
Gil Turner, 76-WD--WD
Sheldon Ecklund, WD
Dean Stokes, WD
Robert Stieren, WD
Artie Scott, 78-WD--WD
Billy Bowling, DQ
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