Williams Rides Hot Hand Into 97th Amateur
As Quail Valley Golf Club and Hawk’s Nest Golf Club are finishing their final preparations for the 97th State Amateur Championship, no player entering this week is hotter than Pete Williams, of Juno Beach.
Williams, who turned 55 last October, has had an incredible 2014 campaign. To start off his season, he teamed up with his good friend, Thomas Midtgaard at the Senior Mid/Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and after rounds of 67-65, they would go on to finish tied for fifth. Williams would carry that momentum over to the Senior Amateur Championship, held at Vero Beach Country Club. Williams outlasted 144 of the top Senior Amateur golfers to capture the 53rd Senior Amateur after rounds of 75-67-69. Trying to pull off the Senior majors sweep, Williams headed to Black Diamond Ranch for the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship. After taking medalist honors with rounds of 71-70, Williams would win all five of his matches to capture this second State Championship of the year and compete the sweep. On the Tuesday of Amateur week, Williams paved his way into his second U.S. Senior Open, firing 71 at The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club in Port Saint Lucie, to share medalist honors with Jerry Tucker. Williams played in the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Club, in Sammamish, Washington.
In the past Williams has been no stranger to the winners circle. In 2012 Williams became the first amateur in 37 years to win the Florida Senior Open Championship, and has won at least one State Championship the past three years.
Started in 1914, the Florida Amateur Championship is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest amateur event in Florida. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch, and Barry Cheesman.
Spectators and media are welcome to watch the state’s best amateur golfers compete at Quail Valley Golf Club and Hawk’s Nest Golf Club.