June 21, 2008

Morrison Leads Amateur After Three Rounds

Garrett Morrison holds a one stroke lead heading into the final round of play in the 91st Florida State Amateur Championship.

Garrett Morrison, of Orlando, leads the field of 70 players with a three-round total of 1-over par 213. After posting an even par 72 on the Village Course, Morrison fired a 1-under par 69 on the Hills Course to trail the first round leader by one stroke. Playing the Hills in the third round, Morrison recorded a 38-34—72 to jump in front by one. Second round leader Judson Eustaquio, of Lake Worth, fell into a tie for second place after posting a third round 74. Eustaquio, the 2004 Boys Junior Champion, fired a 2-under par 68 in the first round on the Hills Course and took the second round lead shooting even par on the Village Course. Also with a three-round total of 214, David Johnson, of Palm Bay, fired the low round of the tournament thus far at 3-under par 67 in the third round. Johnson carded a 72-75 in the first two rounds to remain in contention. Johnson’s third round of 67 on the Hills Course tied the competitive course record. Robbie Wight, of West Palm Beach, and Tim Hume, of Tampa, sit four back from the leader at 217. Wight posted a 74-70-73 as Hume carded rounds of 76-68-73.  

Before reaching the Championship, more than 900 participants attempted to qualify at one of 13 sites across the state setting a new tournament record for entries filed. The top 168 amateur golfers in the state played 18 holes each on the Village and Hills Course on June 19-20. After 36 holes, the field was cut to the low 70 and ties with a two-round total of 153. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be played on the Hills Course on June 21-22.  

Started in 1914, the FSGA State Amateur 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, Buddy Alexander, 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 Jupiter Hills.   

For tee-times, pairings and results, please see www.fsga.org. 

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 25 championships for amateur golfers in the state,the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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