Gabrelcik wins 2nd FSGA title at Florida Amateur Public Links
Nicholas Gabrelcik (FSGA photo)
Nicholas Gabrelcik (FSGA photo)

Nicholas Gabrelcik went wire-to-wire to win the Florida Amateur Public Links Championship on Sunday at Orange County National Golf Club and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. He carded three under-par for a 10-under 206 and the championship.

The Trinity native was in first place heading into the final round on Sunday and had a one-stroke lead on the field. He went 1 under on the front nine, with two birdies and a bogey, for a one-shot lead over Josh Pisarri and Eugene Hong.

Gabrelcik birdied two of the first four holes on the back nine, moving to 11 under for the championship. He played the last three holes at 1 over to secure the win with a final-round, 2-under 70. This is Gabrelcik’s second state title, after he captured the Amateur Match Play Championship last year.

Hong secured a second-place finish with a 9-under 207. The Gainesville native started the day in third place, getting off to a strong start with a bogey-free front nine. Heading to the back in a tie for second place, Hong recorded three birdies and two bogeys to finish the day with a 3-under 69.

Pisarri, who began the day in second place, struggled on the back nine, carding four bogeys. The Naples native finished his round birdie-par-par to take home a third-place finish at 5-under 211.

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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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