Alfieri Shines at Public Links
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.
The amateurs faced difficult weather conditions the first two rounds of the Championship. Round one, on Friday, was delayed after playing for just over an hour. Despite the inclement weather, David Burnham shined some light on the day after making a hole-in-one from 218 yards on the par three 7th hole with a four iron. The players returned to finish their first round on Saturday where play was again suspended at 4:19 PM. Joe Alfieri, of Lutz, and Marc-Olivier Plasse, of ChampionsGate, were tied for the lead at even par after the first round. Mike Andre, of Fort Myers, and Martin Cancino, of Boca Raton, followed one stroke behind tied for second.
Sunday made for a long day of golf where the players finished their second round and continued on to play their final round. Alfieri, the 2015 Amateur Player of the Year, rose to lead by one stroke heading into the final round after a steady second round of one over-par 73. Alfieri finished second in the event in 2015 and was out for redemption in 2016. After carding three birdies in a row on holes three through five and one more birdie on the seventh hole, Alfieri made the turn at two under-par in his final round. Five birdies on his last nine holes sealed a victory for Alfieri with a final round of six under-par 66, tournament total 211 (-5). Eight shots back in second place was Casper Howells, of Fort Myers, who posted consistent rounds of 74-72-73—219. Austin Schultz, of North Port, carded an impressive final round of 67 to advance to third place with a 220 tournament total.