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Shuart wins Fla. Public Links in extra holes
PLANTATION, Fla. (June 10, 2012) -- T J Shuart, of Coral Springs, captured the Public Links Championship on Sunday with a tournament total of one-under par 212. Shuart was the model of consistency posting rounds of 71-71-70, on the East Course at Jacaranda Golf Club, a place where he has captured two Broward County Amateur titles. Shuart found find himself tied with the 2012 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion, Don Bell, of Port Orange, and Kevin Altenhof, of Melbourne. Altenhof played his way into the playoff with an impressive final round of three-under par 68 on Sunday. The three players would head for a sudden death playoff where Shuart would make birdie on the second playoff hole to capture the title. By winning the Public Links Championship, Shuart will be awarded an exemption to play in the 95th State Amateur Championship at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, on June 21-24.

Paul Henderson, of Longwood, finished alone in fourth place after rounds of 68-74-71. John Wegmann, of Southwest Ranches, finished in fifth place with a tournament total of 214 and the Defending Champion, Billy Anderson, of Deltona, finished tied for 19th place with a tournament total of 221.

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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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