Stewart Whitt is the Alabama Mid-Amateur Champion
Stewart Whitt closed it out at Burningtree CC<br>(AGA photo)
Stewart Whitt closed it out at Burningtree CC
(AGA photo)

DECATUR, AL (September 24, 2017) - Stewart Whitt of Athens, GA shot a final-round 4-under 67 to win the 29th Alabama State Mid-Amateur Championship at Burningtree Country Club.

Whitt started the day with a one-shot lead at one over par, and put together nine straight pars on the front nine. But when Matthew Gourgeot of Decatur birdied the par-four 9th, he got within one shot of Whitt's lead.

Whitt would step on the gas on the back nine, riding three birdies and an eagle on the par-five 16th, to pull away from the field. The key hole was the par-five 13th, where a Whitt birdie and a Gourgeot bogey moved the lead from one to three, and Whitt's eagle sealed the deal.

The winning total was three-under 210, the only under-par score of anyone in the field. Gourgeot closed with a 68 to finish alone in second at one-over 214. Woodie Eubanks of Oneonta shot a 69 to get into third place at 215.

The defending champion Clay Guerin of Hoover posted a final-round 70 to finish tied for fifth at five-over 218.

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54 holes of gross individual stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of Alabama, has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at an AGA member club that does not exceed 8.4 and is 25 years of age.

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