Turner Laps Field at Public Links
Scott Turner, of Stuart, out shined the field of 67 players to capture the 20th Amateur Public Links at Abacoa Golf Club, June 9-11. Turner posted a four-under par 68 in the first round to take the lead by one shot. Turner’s flawless first round included four birdies and no bogeys. He would remain bogey-free through 36 holes, shooting a second round 68 (-4). Turner would take a five shot lead over Jacob Richard heading into Sunday's final round.
In the final round, Turner picked up where he left off, making an eagle at the par five second. He added another birdie at the par five sixth to turn in 33 (-3). After birdying the tenth, Turner would make his first mistake of the Championship, a double-bogey six at the short par four eleventh. He would make another bogey at the par three thirteenth but would rebound by making birdies on 14, 15, and 17 to come home in 35 (-1). The third consecutive round of four-under par 68 capped off an impressive week for the 33 year old and marks his first FSGA title. Turner's win grants him an exemption into the 100th Amateur, Amateur Match Play, and next year's Mid-Amateur.
Devin Suri, of Saint Augustine, and Jacob Richard, of Cape Coral, finished in second place with a tournament total of four-under par. Ryan Celano, of Naples, would charge up the leaderboard after a scintillating final-round 64 (-8) to finish alone in fourth. The tournament highlight came from Abacoa Golf Club staff member, Brett Whitley, who made a hole-in-one on the 195 yard fourth hole with a five iron in hand.
The 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 higher than 6.4. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days.