Veneziano Wins Public Links
Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, played steady golf to post scores of 73-71-71 to win the Championship by six strokes. Veneziano’s back-to-back scores of 71 were the only under par rounds of the tournament. With threatening weather on the final day, Veneziano jumped ahead of the field holing out for eagle on the par four 9th hole. This is Veneziano’s second state title as he won last year’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Jimi Brindell, the first and second round co-leader, recorded a 77 in the final round to fall to second place. Brindell, of Tequesta, shot a pair of 72’s in the first two rounds to give him a share of the lead after each round. Brindell’s second round 72 included a two stroke penalty. Devin Patel, of Celebration, posted scores of 76-72-75—223 to take third place while the 2001 Public Links Champion Paul Melson, of Plantation, placed fourth with a 226 total. The 2004 and 2005 Public Links Champion Robert Parker, of Sanford, tied for 14th place. Another Mount Dora resident, Curt Madson, won the first flight shooting a 231 total and Kenneth Roy, of Jacksonville, and Robert Cupper, of Hollywood, shared top honors in the second flight with a 242 total.
The 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 played 18 holes of stroke play on each of the three days with the field flighted after 36 holes.
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Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for over 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.