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Downs Blisters the Weekend to Win the Palm Beach County Amateur

LAKE WORTH, Fla.(August 1, 2010) -- Erik Downs of West Palm Beach eagled the first hole Sunday and went on to win the 35th annual Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship at The Falls Country Club.

A spring graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Downs, 22, closed with a tournament record 203, scoring 65-67 the last two days here, and won by four strokes, calling it “my biggest win.” Downs had opened with 71 Friday at Old Trail near Jupiter and was the second round co-leader.

After hitting driver and 4-iron to 10 feet at the par-5 first hole, Downs led by four at the turn before Chris Reeves of Jupiter got back to within two with three holes to play. But Reeves bogeyed the par-3 16th and double bogeyed at par-4 17th. Reeves had hit his first shot of the day into the water.

“I never looked at the leaderboard but I somehow knew I needed to make birdie at 15,” after a bogey at the 14th, Downs said. Both Downs and Reeves birdied 15 and there was a two-stroke swing at 16 as Downs birdied. “I putted well and stayed very patient,” Downs added. “If I made a bad swing I didn’t dwell on it. I just went onto the next shot.”

Michael Kartrude of Royal Palm Beach, playing in front of Downs and Reeves, birdied 15, 17 and 18 and grabbed second at 69-207. “I thought I might have a chance but after 14, I knew I was playing for second,” Kartrude said. “Eric just played too well.”

Reeves, a former Gold Coast and Golden Bear mini-tour player, slipped to third at 71-208. He got his amateur status reinstated in 2004 and in February he teamed with Keith Decker to win the International Four-Ball at The Fox Club in Palm City. “I gave it a shot but he (Downs) was too tough,” Reeves said.

Brant Peaper of Tequesta, the first and second round co-leader, never recovered after opening bogey-double bogey and dropped to a tie for fourth on 76-212.

The previous County Amateur 54-hole record was 205 set by Gary Nicklaus two years ago at The Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach.

After one round each at The Falls and Old Trail, the 36-hole cut to the low 60 and ties for the 156-player starting field fell at 10 over 154.

Next on the PBCGA schedule: Aug. 14-15, Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, The Dye Preserve, and Aug. 21-22, Public Links Championship, West Palm Beach GC. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

Final Results
Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship
The Falls CC, Lake Worth, Fla.
6,764 yards, par 72
Jonathan’s Landing GC @ Old Trail, Jupiter, Fla.
Fazio course, 6,750 yards, par 72

Erik Downs,  $750 ........................................................ 71-65-67--203
Michael Kartrude,  $400 ............................................... 67-71-69--207
Christopher Reeves,  $300 ........................................... 69-68-71--208
Brant Peaper,  $225 ..................................................... 67-69-76--212
Robbie Wight,  $225 ..................................................... 68-74-70--212
Danny Germaine,  $113 ............................................... 70-74-69--213
R.J. Nakashian,  $113 ................................................... 69-71-73--213
Kevin Jorden,  $113 ..................................................... 73-68-72--213
Brad Ball,  $80 .............................................................. 76-66-72--214
Dean Stokes,  $75 ........................................................ 72-72-71--215
Jared Meyers,  $70 ...................................................... 75-72-69--216
Craig Howell,  $65 ........................................................ 70-74-73--217
Devin Harkness,  $52.50 ............................................... 70-73-75--218
PJ Navaretta,  $52.50 ................................................... 74-70-74--218
Gabriel Costa,  $52.50 .................................................. 71-74-73--218
Eddie Kenny,  $52.50 ................................................... 74-68-76--218
Tom Knapp,  $35 .......................................................... 78-67-74--219
Steve Anderson,  $35 .................................................. 74-72-73--219
Colin List,  $35 .............................................................. 69-76-74--219
Bryan Haase,  $25 ........................................................ 70-75-75--220
Guy Kennen................................................................ 70-75-76--221
Scott Wilson................................................................. 75-70-76--221
Gregory Della-Pietra.................................................... 78-72-71--221
Frank Babusik.............................................................. 76-72-74--222
Ben Adelberg............................................................... 73-76-73--222
Artie Scott................................................................... 74-76-73--223
Steve Ross................................................................... 75-78-71--224
Michael Blum............................................................... 78-75-73--226
Ryan LeFevre............................................................... 72-78-76--226
Scott Rossa.................................................................. 75-72-79--226
Jin Kim......................................................................... 77-76-74--227
John Powers................................................................ 76-74-77--227
Paul Antenucci............................................................. 77-72-78--227
Kyle Henderson........................................................... 77-76-75--228
Jason Dollard............................................................... 77-75-76--228
Thomas Tcherniavsky................................................... 78-76-74--228
Andrew Goodman....................................................... 77-74-77--228
Alec Ceravolo............................................................... 71-76-81--228
Derron Peyton............................................................. 76-78-74--228
Joe Ingarra................................................................... 74-76-78--228
Steven Bernard............................................................ 75-74-79--228
Marc Rosenbaum......................................................... 79-71-78--228
Lenny Loyd.................................................................. 76-77-76--229
Taylor Szyndlar............................................................. 75-77-77--229
Zack Neiditz................................................................. 75-73-81--229
Billy Bowling................................................................. 81-71-78--230
Greg Poore.................................................................. 79-68-83--230
Joshua Della-Pietra...................................................... 75-75-80--230
Gil Turner.................................................................... 77-75-79--231
Louise Mirisola............................................................. 75-75-81--231
Adam Murchison......................................................... 75-75-81--231
Kenny Leech................................................................ 74-75-82--231
Tim Cox....................................................................... 74-76-81--231
Kyle Osler.................................................................... 76-74-81--231
Chad Gates.................................................................. 75-76-81--232
Michael Breen............................................................. 76-73-83--232
Andy Spears................................................................ 75-79-80--234
Howard Sapper............................................................ 75-77-83--235
Brian Fragakis............................................................... 74-76-85--235
Marty Kenyon.............................................................. 77-74-85--236
Brian Kennedy............................................................. 74-76-WD--WD
Larry Monteith............................................................. 77-77-WD--WD
Connor Barry............................................................... 76-72-WD--WD

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