Florida Pub-Links: Anderson wins 1st FSGA championship

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 12, 2011) -- Billy Anderson fired a three-round tournament total of 15-under par 201 to win the Florida State Public Links Championship at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando on June 10-12.

Billy Anderson, of Deltona, captured his first State Championship on Sunday, with a final round of five-under par 67. After a first round six-under par 66, Anderson would take a two stroke lead heading into the second round. Anderson continued his solid play in the second round, firing a four-under par 68, to share the lead with Darin Green, of Brandon. In the final round Anderson turned at one-under par 35 to hold a one stroke lead heading into the back nine. Anderson would go on to birdie two holes and eagle the par 5 14th hole to pull away from the field. By winning the Public Links Championship, Anderson will be awarded an exemption to play in the 94th State Amateur Championship at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, June 23-26.

The Defending Champion Kevin Aylwin, of New Smyrna Beach, finished in second place with a tournament total of 12-under par 204. The three time champion, fired rounds of 68-68-68 to finish three strokes behind Anderson. Darin Green, of Brandon, Alex Gates, from Clermont, finished tied for third place with a tournament total nine-under par 207.

The Public Links Championship is open to bona fide public course players who are not members of a private club and also do not have a handicap index any higher than 6.4. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days.

ABOUT THE Florida Amateur Public Links

For public course players, the Public Links Championship is 36 holes of stroke play and flighted after 18 holes. Competitors must be bona fide public course players who have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges at any private club maintaining its own course. A bona fide public course player may hold incidental privileges at a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by (1) an educational institution at which he/she attends, or (2) a federal armed service at which he/she is a member, or (3) an industry by which he/she is employed. Players must be a member of the FSGA.

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