Eggertsson Claims Palm Beach County Amateur

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (July 31, 2011) – Daniel Eggertsson of The Acerage came from off the pace Sunday -- two threesomes and three strokes – to win the 36th annual Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship at Pine Tree Golf Club.

Playing two groups behind the leaders, Eggertsson overcame shaky starts the first two days to post 69 and win by a stroke at one over par 215. He had started the final round three strokes behind co-leaders Jared Meyers and Mike Weeks, both of Jupiter.

There were six scores below par-71 the last two days at Pine Tree, two by Eggertsson. He had bogeyed the first two holes the first two rounds, a 76 Friday at The Falls Country Club and 70 here Saturday.

“I just tried really hard to make good swings on the first two holes today,” the par-4 first and par-3 second, he said. “And then I bogeyed the third hole! But what really made a difference…I eagled my 17th hole Friday,” the par-5 eighth at The Falls. “I was six over par through 16 holes so that kind of turned things around.”

It was the second Palm Beach County Golf Association victory this year for Eggertsson, 28, a salesman and estimator for a painting contractor. He teamed with Jason Harkins of Tequesta to win the Four-Ball Championship at Bear Lakes in May. They had never met before being introduced in the cart staging area prior to the first round.

Tied for second at 216 were Mike Blum of Stuart, Chase Koepka of Lake Worth and Jared Meyers of Jupiter, the co-leader after the first and second days. Blum shot 70 with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys. Koepka had 72 on three birdies and four bogeys. Meyers made four birdies and six bogeys for 73.

Meyers had been tied with Koepka after the first round with 69s at The Falls and with Mike Weeks of Jupiter at 143 after the second. Weeks moved three strokes ahead early Sunday with a par and two birdies. But four straight bogeys starting at the fifth hole and three birdies in a row by Meyers beginning at No. 7 changed things. “Fifteen greens and 37 putts,” Weeks lamented after his 75-218 tied for seventh.

Even after a bogey at the 600-yard 16th hole, Meyers still had a chance to win with a birdie on one of the last two holes but instead finished par-bogey. “That’s golf,” he said.

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