Florida Jr. Boys: O'Mahony wins on 2nd playoff hole

VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2011) -- Hunter O’Mahony captures the 57th Florida State Boys Junior Championship as Sam Horsfield claimed the junior division title at Quail Valley Golf Club and Bent Pine Golf Club, in Vero Beach on July 6-8.

In the 16-18 age division, Hunter O’Mahony, of Tequesta, posted a tournament total of 4-under par 212 to prevail in a playoff, to win the 2011 Boys Junior Championship. After a first round one-over par 73 at Quail Valley Golf Club, O’Mahony trailed the leaders by four shots heading into the second round. O’Mahony cut into the lead with a second round three-under par 69 at Bent Pine Golf Club, to trail by two strokes. In the final round, O’Mahony would post even par on the front nine and added to birdies on the back nine to post a round of two-under par 70. The 2010 (13-15) Champion Jimmy Stanger, of Tampa, would find himself tied with O’Mahoney after rounds of 70-70-72 for a tournament total of 212. In the final round, Stanger carded a three-over par 39 on the front nine, caught fire late with birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to post an even par round of 72 to force a sudden death playoff. O’Mahony would go on to secure the victory with a par on the second playoff hole for his first career FSGA victory. “I hit a lot of quality golf shots today” said O’Mahony, “I knew I had a great chance to win after my birdie on 14, I just wanted to play solid on the way in”. O’Mahony stated “This is the biggest victory of my career and a great confidence booster heading into the U.S. Junior Championship.” Will Davenport, of Palm City, and Joey Petronio, of Orlando, finished tied for third place with a tournament total of three-under par 213.

In the 13-15 age division, Sam Horsfield, of Davenport, continued his solid play in the final round posting a two-under 70 to win by five shots. After a first round seven-under par 65 which included nine birdies, with six in a row from holes 9 through 14, and just two bogeys at Quail Valley Golf Club, Horsfield continued where he left off, carding an impressive round of six-under par 66 at Bent Pine Golf Club. In the final round Horsfield played a solid round of golf, recording a two-under par 70 for a three day total of 15-under par 201. Horsfield said “it feels great to win my favorite tournament, and Quail Valley was the best golf course I ever played”. ” My plan today was to hit fairways and greens and not get into too much trouble” said Horsfield. This is Horsfield’s first career FSGA victory and a new 54-hole Championship record in the 13-15 division. Jin Zhang, of Bradenton, finished alone in second place with rounds of 71-69-66 for a tournament total of ten-under par 206. Jorge Garcia, of Miami, finished in third place with a final round two-under par 70 for a tournament total of seven-under par 209.

To enter, participants must be between the ages of 13-18 as of July 8 and not attending college. Also, the juniors must have a handicap index no higher than 17.4.

ABOUT THE Florida Junior Amateur

54 holes of stroke play to crown the top junior in the state. Non exempt players need to qualify at sites across the state in 18 holes of stroke play. Started in 1955, former Boys Junior Champions include Gary Koch, Len Mattiace, Josh McCumber, Jeremy Anderson and Matt Kuchar. Male amateur golfers ages 13-18. Entrant must not reached their 19th birthday and not attending college. All players must walk and carry their own clubs.

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