Carson Brewer wins Florida Azalea Amateur
20 Mar 2023
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Florida Azalea, Palatka Golf Club, Carson Brewer Rankings

Carson Brewer broke through with the biggest win of his young career on Sunday by capturing the Florida Azalea Amateur at Palatka Golf Club.

Brewer, a senior at Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School, shot a final round 66 to finish at 4-under 206 to claim a one-stroke victory over Troy Vannucci, a decorated mid-amateur from Marlton, NJ and was two strokes clear of Ty Clapps, a reinstated amateur who now makes his home in Palm Coast.

Brewer was showing no ill effects of an ankle injury which sidelined him for much of the high school season during the fall. After opening with a pair of even par rounds of 70, the 17-year-old charged to the title with a final round 66, which was good for a narrow victory over two players twice his age.

The win is a boost for Brewer, who managed to crack the top-30 just twice in his last eight AJGA events. Until Sunday, his recent results belied Brewer's talents which led him to the quarterfinals of the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur at the Country Club of North Carolina, where he set a course record 66 on the Cardinal Course during qualifying.

Results: Florida Azalea
1FLCarson BrewerPonte Vedra Beach, FL30070-70-66=206
2NJTroy VannucciMarlton, NJ20071-65-71=207
3FLTy CappsPalm Coast, FL10071-69-69=209
4FLSam OhnoPonte Vedra Beach, FL10074-65-71=210
5FLAndrew MorrisSt. Augustine, FL10070-71-70=211

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ABOUT THE Florida Azalea

The Florida Azalea was started in 1958 as a two-man team tourney. The field has, over the years, boasted players who have gone on to greatness at the professional level. Tommy Aaron, who teamed with Dan Sykes for the 1960 Florida Azalea team title, went on to win the 1973 Masters. And Bob Murphy, winner of back-to-back Florida Azalea titles while playing for the University of Florida golf team in 1965-66, was an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour.

The 220-man Azalea field competes in one of six flights. The first flight is Championship, with a cut after 36-holes. The next five flights are Net.

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