Joe Alfieri goes low to seal Florida Amateur Public Links victory
Joe Alfieri with 2016 Florida Amateur Public Links trophy <br>(Florida Golf Association Photo)</br>
Joe Alfieri with 2016 Florida Amateur Public Links trophy
(Florida Golf Association Photo)

ESTERO, FL (June 12, 2016) -- The players faced difficult weather conditions during the first two rounds of the Florida Amateur Public Links Championship. Round one, on Friday, was delayed after playing for just over an hour. Despite the inclement weather, David Burnham shinned some light on the day after making a hole-in-one from 218 yards on the par three seventh hole with a four iron.

The players returned to finish their first round on Saturday where play was again suspended at 4:19 p.m. Joe Alfieri, of Lutz, and Marc-Olivier Plasse, of Champions Gate, were tied for the lead at even-par after the first round. Mike Andre, of Fort Myers, and Martin Cancino, of Boca Raton, followed one-stroke behind tied for second.

Sunday made for a long day of golf with the players finishing their second round and playing their final round.

Alfieri, the 2015 Amateur Player of the Year, rose to lead by one-stroke heading into the final round after a steady second round of 1-over-par 73. Alfieri, who finished second in the Florida Amateur Public Links Championship last year, was looking for a different result in 2016. After carding three birdies in a row on holes 3-5 and one more birdie on the 7th, Alfieri made the turn at 2-under-par in his final round.

Five birdies on his last nine holes sealed a victory for Alfieri with a final round of 6-under-par 66 and a tournament total 211 (-5). Eight shots back in second place was Casper Howells, of Fort Myers, who posted consistent rounds of 74-72-73—219. Austin Schultz, of North Port, carded an impressive final round of 67 to advance to third place with a 220 tournament total.

The Florida Amateur Public Links Championship is open to bona fide public course players who are not members of a private club and also do not have a handicap index any higher than 6.4. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days.

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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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