Madrid, Spain (March 4, 2012) -- Englishman Jack Hiluta won the Spanish International Amateur Championship at Alcanada Golf Mallorca after beating German Marcel Schneider 4 and 3 in in the 36-hole final.
Hiluta reached the finals after beating Dutchman Dan Huizing in the semis. Meanwhile, Marcel Schneider took down Franck Daux to face Hiluta.
The English golfer dominated his opponent throughout the day, while the German player did take the lead in the 3rd hole and held until hole No. 6, but at the end of the moring round it was Hiulta who was up 2
Hiluta also showed strength and consistency throughout the second round, resisting Schneider's attacks midway through the second round. With 9 holes to play, Hiluta was only up by 1.
Hiluta opened the final nine with concession by Schneider, followed by a birdie on the 29th hole and birdie on the par-4 32nd hole to put Hiulta 4-up and effectively end the match on the following hole with matched pars.
Past winners of the event — which was first played in 1911 — include Jose Maria Olazabal (1983 and ’84), reigning British Open champion Darren Clarke (1990) and Sergio Garcia (1998).
Hiluta played for the University of Southern Alabama Jaguars from 2008-11, earning all-Sun Belt Conference honors each of his last three seasons. He won two tournaments for Jaguars, finishing his career fourth on the school’s career record list with a 72.82 stroke average in 123 rounds.