Germaine wins Palm Beach County Am

JUPITER, Fla. (August 2, 2009) – Danny Germaine of Palm Beach Gardens was the only player to break 70 Sunday as he came from four strokes behind to win the 34th annual Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship at The Bear’s Club.

A final round of three under par 69, his lowest score of the weekend, pushed Germaine’s 54-hole total to 210 two strokes better than Stephen Anderson of Hobe Sound. Anderson led for 50 holes before making a double bogey at the par-4 15th and bogey at the par-3 16th, finishing with 75-212.

Mike Weeks of Jupiter and Gabe Costa of Tequesta, both playing in the threesome in front of Germaine and Anderson, were third and fourth but neither really challenged for the title. Weeks, membership director at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, had 74-215, Costa, a rising junior at Stetson University, 75-216.

“Winning this tournament has always been at the top of my list,” said Germaine, 30, a 1998 graduate of Suncoast High School. “I played well today…I didn’t back into it. It’s awesome, very exciting.” Overall, he had five birdies and two bogeys on the first 12 holes and parred the last six.

It was Germaine’s seventh Palm Beach County Golf Ass ociation in the last two and a half seasons, his third this year following the Palm Beach International in April and the Public Links in June. He also won three times in 2007 enroute to PBCGA Player of the Year honors.

Anderson, a real estate salesman for Golden Bear Companies who has played TBC “40-50 times,” he said, led by two strokes after the first round at the Loxahatchee Club and by three heading into the final round. He had two birdies and as many bogeys on the first 10 holes. But at the 15th, he hit his second shot well left of the green, was wide left on his wedge to the green and three-putted.

“I was just playing for bogey after my second shot,” he said, “but give Danny credit. He made a lot of good shots and good putts on a good golf course.”

The victory gives Germaine a lifetime exemption into the County Amateur and the top 10 and ties, or scores through 223, will be exempt from qualifying next year.

After one round each at TBC and Loxahatchee, the field of 165 starters was cut to the low 60 and ties, which fell at 16 over par 160.

Next on the PBCGA schedule: Aug. 15-16, Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, The Dye Preserve; Aug. 22-23, Parent-Child, Hobe Sound GC; and Aug. 29-30, Mid-Senior, Ritz Carlton GC. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur Championship
The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.
6,900 yards, par 72

Danny Germaine, Palm Beach Gardens, $750 71-70-69—210
Stephen Anderson, Hobe Sound, $500 65-72-75—212
Mike Weeks, Jupiter, $400 68-73-74—215
Gabe Costa, Tequesta, $300 69-72-75—216
Gary Nicklaus, Palm Beach Gardens, $237.50 68-74-77—219
Dean Stokes, Palm Beach Gardens, $237.50 67-73-79—219
Deron Zendt, Jupiter, $190 73-74-74—221
Greg O’Mahony, Tequesta, $190 73-73-75—221
Marc Rosenbaum, Hollywood, $140 78-75-70—223
Brandon Smith, West Palm Beach, 140 68-75-80—223
Robbie Wight, West Palm Beach, $140 70-71-82—223
Steve Genchi, Tequesta, $100 72-76-76—224
Brian Fragakis, Royal Palm Beach, $90 72-79-74—225
Olin Browne, Tequesta, $77.50 70-81-76—227
Mike Kartude, West Palm Beach, $77.50 74-75-78—227
Eoghan O’Connell, Palm Beach Gardens, $67.50 76-76-76—228
Christopher Reeves, Juno Beach, $67.50 75-77-76—228
Conner Barry, Jupiter, $60 76-77-76—229
Scott Wilson, West Palm Beach, $55 75-71-84—230
Kenny Leech, Boca Raton, $50 77-80-74—231

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