Shuart Captures Amateur Public Links
TJ Shuart posts a tournament total of seven-under par 209 to win the Amateur Public Links Championship at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club in Haines City, on June 6-8.
TJ Shuart, of Coral Springs got off to a solid start in the first round, posting a one-under par 71 to sit behind the first round leader, Jamey Salmon, of Jacksonville by only three shots. Shuart continued his sold play in the second round carding a four-under par 68 to take a one stroke lead heading into the final round of play. In the final round Shuart would turn at even par 36 after a roller coaster front nine which included three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey. With several past FSGA Champions lurking close behind, Shuart would hit the accelerator on the back nine making birdies on 12, 14 and 15 to go along with only one bogey to cap off his round of two-under par 70. With his victory, Shuart has now won the Public Links Championship in two of the past three years.
Don Bell, of Port Orange continued his great play in 2014 to finish alone in second place after rounds of 69-71-70. Bell recently captured the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in early May. Daniel Debra, of Lutz would take home third place honors after rounds of 69-71-71. Three players finished tied for fourth place including the 2006 Amateur Public Links Champion and reigning FSGA Amateur Player of the Year, Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora.
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 any higher than 6.4. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days.