VERO BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2013) -- Joe Alfieri went wire-to-wire to post a tournament total of nine-under par 207 to capture the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Vero Beach Country Club in Vero Beach, on May 3-5.
Joe Alfieri, from Lutz, continued his solid play on Sunday to win by an impressive six strokes. Alfieri got off to a hot start in the first round posting the low round of the tournament with a five-under par 67 to take a two stroke lead into the second round. Playing Saturday afternoon, Alfieri fired a one-under par 71 to expand his lead to three shots heading into Sunday. Alfieri began where he left off in the final round, carding a three-under par 69 to capture his first Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Alfieri has had a great start to the 2013 season, last weekend Joe captured the Camp Invitational for the fifth time. This victory also adds to his impressive FSGA Championship resume which includes: The Florida Open, Four-Ball Championship, Amateur Match Play, and the Mid-Amateur Championship.
Ryder Frerichs, of Saint Petersburg, finished alone in second place firing a tournament total of three-under par 213. Three players finished tied for third place with a 54-hole total of two-under par 214: Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, John Wegmann, of Southwest Ranches, and Pete Williams, of Juno Beach. Past champions of the event, Bobby Bird, of Vero Beach and Don Bell, of Port Orange, finished tied for ninth place.
The Mid-Amateur Stroke play is for players who are at least 25 years of age by the beginning of the event. The Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship is conducted over fifty-four holes of individual stroke play. All players play thirty-six holes, with a cut instituted after thirty-six holes to the low 70 players and ties.
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