Florida Mid-Am: Bell goes wire-to-wire for win

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (May 1, 2011) -- Don Bell went wire-to-wire to post a tournament total of even par 216 to capture the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Gainesville Country Club in Gainesville, on April 29- May 1.

Don Bell, from Port Orange, shot a final round one-over par 73 to win the 2011 Championship by three strokes. After a first round two-under par 70, Bell held the lead by one stroke heading into the second round. In the second round Bell continued is solid play carding a one-over par 73 to lead by one stroke heading into Sunday. Bell held it together in the final round to go wire-to-wire for his first State Championship. With this victory Bell has earned an exemption into this year’s State Amateur Championship held at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, finished alone in second place firing a tournament total 219. In the final round Hudgens posted a one-over par 73 to go with his first round four-over par 76 and a two-under par 70 in the second round. Five players finished tied for third place with a tournament total of four-over par 220. These players were TJ Shuart, of Coral Springs, Garrett Morrison, of Saint Cloud, Steve Carter, of Saint Augustine, John Wegmann, of Southwest Ranches, and the Defending Champion, Bobby Bird, from Vero Beach.

The Mid-Amateur Stroke play is for players who are at least 25 years of age by the beginning of the event. The Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship is conducted over fifty-four holes of individual stroke play. All players play thirty-six holes, with a cut instituted after thirty-six holes. The players who make the cut play the final round the following day.

ABOUT THE Florida Mid-Am Stroke Play

An estimated 300+ mid-amateurs (25 years of age and older) will attempt to qualify for this premier championship with a Championship field of 84 players. Format is 36 holes of stroke play with the low 32 scores advancing to match play.

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