Barber is Florida State Amateur Champ

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (June 28, 2009)--Blayne Barber wins the 92nd Florida State Amateur Championship shooting a tournament total of 11-under par 277 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach on June 25-28.

Blayne Barber, 19, of Lake City, dominated the field of 168 players to capture the 92nd Amateur Championship. In the first round, Barber shot a 5-under par 67 on the (East/West) course at Sawgrass Country Club and a 69 in the second round on THE PLAYERS STADIUM course to lead the field of 72 players advancing to the weekend rounds. Playing the final 36 holes of the Championship on THE PLAYERS STADIUM course at 7,215 yards, Barber shot a one under par 71 in the third round to take a 3-stroke lead going into the final day.

In the final round, Barber started strong with birdies on holes 2, 4, and 7 to fire a 34 on the front nine. After making the turn at 2-under par 34, Barber continued to make birdies on holes 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 to break away from the field. Barber with an eight shot lead heading into the seventeenth hole, hit his approach shot to within 8 feet to birdie the signature par 3-17th hole on THE PLAYERS STADIUM course. Barber tapped in for bogey on the 18th hole to card an even par 36 on the back nine to run away with the title by nine strokes.

This victory adds to Barber’s 2006 & 2008 Boys Junior Championship title. Barber, a University of Central Florida golfer, tied for seventh in this year’s Division I Men's Championship and was named the Conference USA Golfer and Freshman of the Year. Barber also earned a spot on the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman Team and was one of five golfers nationally named to the squad.

Blake Soni, of Bradenton, finished in second place nine strokes back of Barber with a tournament total of two-under par 286. Soni carded a 4-over par 76 on THE PALYERS STADIUM course in the final round to secure second place. Kevin Phelan, of Saint Augustine moved up to take third place by firing a final round 74, for a tournament total of one-under par 287. Tommy Parker, of Palm Beach finished in fourth place with a tournament total of even par 288. Defending Champion Judson Eustaquio, of Lake Worth finished tournament tied for 37th.

Barber receives a crystal vase and his name inscribed on the Clarence Camp Championship Trophy. The top fifteen plus ties receive an exemption into next year’s Florida State Amateur Championship at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

The top 168 amateur golfers in the state played 18 holes each on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course and Sawgrass Country Club (East/West) course on June 25-26. After 36 holes, the field was cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes of the Championship were played on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on June 27-28. Before reaching the Championship, more than 1000 participants attempted to qualify at one of 16 sites across the state setting a new tournament record for entries filed.

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.

Final results of the Florida State Amateur Championship, played June 25-28, 2009 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:

Blayne Barber, Lake City 67-69-71-70--277
Blake Soni, Bradenton 69-71-70-76--286
Kevin Phelan, Saint Augustine 72-70-71-74--287
Tommy Parker, Palm Beach 70-71-71-76--288
Christopher Carlin, Miramar 72-73-71-74--290
Julian Suri, Saint Augustine 72-72-72-74--290
Daniel Mazziotta, Fort Myers 72-72-76-71--291
Matt Stauch, Dublin 71-70-74-76--291
Brandon Pena, Clewiston 74-69-77-72--292
Garrett Morrison, Orlando 72-72-73-75--292
Robbie Wight, West Palm Beach 74-72-74-72--292
Andrew Goodman, Palm City 76-71-72-74--293
Jeronimo Esteve, Miami 74-76-73-70--293
Justin Dorward, Port Saint Lucie 76-74-74-70--294
Tommy Mou, Bradenton 76-72-73-73--294
Zachary Primavera, Lynn Haven 69-77-77-71--294
Byron White, Bradenton 67-74-74-80--295
Thomas Murray, Orange Park 72-75-72-76--295
Cameron Knight, Dade City 69-73-80-74--296
Christopher Biuso, Tampa 72-74-72-78--296
Connor Arendell, Cape Coral 70-71-78-77--296
Jeff Dennis, Jacksonville 71-72-77-76--296
Bobby Bode, Fort Lauderdale 76-69-78-74--297
Chris Kennedy, Bradenton 73-74-75-75--297
Kelly McHugh, Lakeland 73-68-78-78--297
Stephen Anderson, Hobe Sound 75-73-75-74--297
Sean Dale, Jacksonville 76-75-75-73--299
Tyler Hock, Ocala 73-76-77-73--299
Logan Blondell, Lakeland 74-72-80-75--301
Kevin Altenhof, Melbourne 79-72-78-74--303
Danny Evelyn, Wellington 69-77-80-78--304
David Johnson, Palm Bay 75-76-77-76--304
Nicholas Mullhaupt, Bradenton 73-72-82-77--304
Wesley Graham, Port Orange 79-72-79-74--304
Joseph Byun, Sanford 76-72-80-77--305
Gavin Cambre, Orlando 74-78-74-80--306
Judson Eustaquio, Lake Worth 75-75-74-83--307
Michael Brown, Lynn Haven 77-75-72-83--307
Peter Wegmann, Fort Lauderdale 76-72-83-76--307
Robbie Davis, Lakeland 75-76-78-78--307
Jon Veneziano, Eustis 77-76-78-77--308
Nate Mosby, Jacksonville 73-72-86-77--308
Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale 76-74-74-84--308
Thomas Stewart, Saint Augustine 76-74-82-76--308
Alex Dienes, Jacksonville 78-72-84-75--309
Brian Armstrong, Tampa 76-76-78-80--310
John Wegmann, Southwest Ranches 73-79-78-80--310
Lance Gillett, Cocoa Beach 72-81-75-82--310
Sam Ryder, Longwood 76-77-79-78--310
Scott Wilson, West Palm Beach 74-76-80-80--310
Doug Snoap, Apopka 77-72-80-82--311
Jimmy Othus, Estero 75-75-79-82--311
Brandon Smith, West Palm Beach 77-72-79-84--312
Cole Engelhardt, Jacksonville 75-72-80-85--312
David Anthony, Jacksonville 76-76-79-81--312
Don Bell, Port Orange 78-72-78-84--312
Peter Kolosvary, Safety Harbor 73-77-78-84--312
Steve Carter, Saint Augustine 72-81-80-79--312
Duke Butler IV, Ponte Vedra Beach 78-74-79-82--313
Joel Durrance, Ocala 77-76-83-77--313
Mike Damron, Zephyrhills 79-72-81-81--313
David Obst, Fort Lauderdale 78-75-76-85--314
Edward Kenny, Lake Worth 76-75-82-81--314
Michael Rafalowicz, Doral 76-70-88-80--314
Brandon Flynn, Clermont 78-75-88-75--316
David Keepler, Fort Myers 79-73-82-83--317
Chris Piumelli, Vero Beach 75-77-81-86--319
Ryan LeFevre, Boca Raton 73-77-88-82--320
Patrik Sterner, Bradenton 79-72-89-81--321
Robbie Van Riper, Tallahasse 75-77-90-81--323
T J Cosgrove, Davenport 76-77-87-83--323
Kevin Jordan, Panama City Beach 79-74-85-88—326

Missed Cut

Ben Vertz, Coral Springs 82-72---154
Blake Holbrook, Orlando 75-79---154
Christian Blanchet, Gainesville 77-77---154
Craig Russell, Orlando 74-80---154
Edward Parnell, Altamonte Springs 73-81---154
Jared Meyers, Jupiter 78-76---154
Mike Stern, Miami 76-78---154
Mike Walters, Tampa 78-76---154
Rob Maddox, Lynn Haven 79-75---154
Ryan Abbate, Fort Lauderdale 72-82---154
Tim Carpenter, Bonita Springs 77-77---154
Tory Henderson, Bradenton 77-77---154
Buddy Alexander, Gainesville 75-80---155
Joel Dahlenburg, Saint Augustine 73-82---155
Kevin Britton, Palm City 73-82---155
Marc Dull, Winter Haven 79-76---155
Sean Metcalf, Celebration 82-73---155
Alexander Medinis, Fort Myers 81-75---156
Bob Mathers, Niceville 76-80---156
Brian Schmidt, Sarasota 75-81---156
Charles Walters, Bradenton 79-77---156
Christopher Anderson, Lake Mary 77-79---156
Ian Hoffman, New Smyrna Beach 79-77---156
Jaime Girardi, New Port Richey 76-80---156
Jeff Williams, Chuluota 83-73---156
Matt Tribby, Gainesville 80-76---156
Mike Riley, Panama City 77-79---156
Takeshi Fuchigami, Tampa 79-77---156
Tim Hume, Tampa 79-77---156
Adam Cyrus, Winter Park 78-79---157
Drew Mathews, Winter Haven 76-81---157
Justin Jones, Jacksonville 79-78---157
Michael Kartrude, Royal Palm Beach 80-77---157
Noi Chay, Land O' Lakes 78-79---157
Scott Tolliver, Vero Beach 81-76---157
Brent Shaw, Tampa 81-77---158
Bret Voisin, Orlando 85-73---158
Chip Timmons, Miami 84-74---158
Harry Stadelmayer, Apopka 79-79---158
Javier Portal, Miami 80-78---158
Kelly Gosse, Inverness 77-81---158
Kevin Aylwin, New Smyrna Beach 78-80---158
Rip Halverson, Jacksonville 81-77---158
Taylor Stevenson, Port Orange 80-78---158
Jacob Bradley, Milton 81-78---159
Reed Berry, Longwood 82-77---159
Richard Maddox, Panama City 75-84---159
Chad Ballantyne, Plant City 80-80---160
Damien Daly, Sorrento 77-83---160
Frank Babusik, Pompano Beach 83-77---160
James Howell, Valrico 77-83---160
Jeff Neugebauer, Odessa 86-74---160
Jin Chun Kim, Fort Pierce 82-78---160
Joshua Lee, Orange Park 81-79---160
Shannon McWilliams, Tallahassee 83-77---160
Tyler Foxx, Port Saint Lucie 84-76---160
Jerry Rose, Sarasota 80-81---161
Robert Fredeking, Ponte Vedra Beach 80-81---161
Russ Manion, Kissimmee 77-84---161
Alexander Kang, Boca Raton 80-82---162
C J Simpson, Lehigh Acres 81-81---162
Kenny Leech, Boca Raton 80-82---162
Mark Thomas, Lakeland 78-84---162
Daniel Owen, Ocala 82-81---163
Jack Hinton, Tampa 86-77---163
Lawrence O'Brien, Sarasota 79-84---163
Matt Carroll, Heathrow 82-81---163
Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound 85-78---163
Chad Michael, Palm Beach Gardens 86-78---164
Colin List, Boynton Beach 89-75---164
Douglas Jones, Brandon 82-82---164
Edward Ortega, Hallandale 85-79---164
Joseph Stewart, Saint Augustine 84-80---164
Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs 81-83---164
Robert Schmidt, Coral Springs 79-85---164
Thomas Massey, Naples 81-83---164
Louis LeTellier, Jacksonville 80-85---165
Michael Beddow, Weston 82-83---165
Philip Meng, Orlando 82-83---165
Jason Harkins, Tequesta 81-85---166
Jim Ross, Fernandina Beach 87-79---166
Tory Carli, Lake Mary 85-81---166
Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace 87-80---167
Scott Jones, Orange Park 84-83---167
Jeffrey Condello, Heathrow 86-82---168
Jason Lusk, Ocoee 85-84---169
Michael Miller, Orlando 89-80---169
Grant Burgess, Cape Coral 89-81---170
Milko Brito, Miami 86-84---170
Robert Levy, Windermere 76-95---171
Terry O'Reilly III, Palm Harbor 83-89---172
Hyunil Kim, Orlando 84-90---174
John Elliott, Ocala 85-89---174
Steve Kaske, Fort Myers 90-84---174
Andrew Allen, Jacksonville 80-NC---NC
David Perna, Sarasota 84-NC---NC

ABOUT THE Florida State Amateur

Started in 1914, the Amateur Championship is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state of Florida. The field will include exempt players and players who have qualified through 18 holes of stroke play at one of the qualifying sites. The Championship features a field of 168 players split alternately on two golf courses the first two days. The field is reduced to the low 70 and ties after the first two rounds to play an additional 36 holes of stroke play.

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