ORLANDO, Florida (June 26, 2010) After three rounds of play, Brad Brunner, Doug Snoap, and Ben Vertz are in a three way tie heading into the final round of play in the 93rd Florida State Amateur Championship at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. The Championship concludes with the final round on Sunday, June 27.
Brad Brunner, of Tampa, Doug Snoap, of Apopka, and Ben Vertz, of Coral Springs, are all tied heading into the final round of play with a three-round total of 2-under par 214. Brunner carded a one-under par 71 on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in round one and shot a second round 1-under par 71 at Orange Tree Golf Club in the second round. Playing Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in the third round, Brunner recorded a 38-34—72 which included an eagle on the par 5 16th hole.
Doug Snoap, of Apopka, carded a three-under par 69 in the first round at Bay Hill and followed that with a two-over par 74 at Orange Tree Golf Club. In the third round, Snoap carded a 1-under par 71 on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge to move up into a tie for first place. Ben Vertz, of Coral Springs is the third player tied for the lead with a three round total of 214. Vertz fired a one-under par 71 at Orange Tree Golf Club in round one and followed up with an even par 72 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in round two. In the third round Vertz played a solid round of golf carding a one-under par 71 which also included an eagle on the par 5 16th hole. Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, and Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, moved into contention with the low rounds of the day with a five-under par 67 and currently are five strokes back. First and second round leader Marc Dull, of Winter Haven, is also five strokes back with a three round total of 219.
The top 168 amateur golfers in the state will play 18 holes each on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Orange Tree Golf Club on June 24-25. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be played on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge on June 26-27. Before reaching the Championship, more than 875 participants attempted to qualify at one of 16 sites across the state.
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.
Spectators and media are welcome to watch the state’s best amateur golfers compete at Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Orange Tree Golf Club.
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