July 20, 2008

Aylwin Defends Public Links Title

Kevin Aylwin went wire-to-wire to defend his title in the Public Links Championship at Hunters Creek Golf Club.

Kevin Aylwin, of New Smyrna Beach, played steady golf to post a tournament total of 6-under par 210 to win the 2008 Championship by three strokes. After firing a first round 5-under par 67, Alywin recorded a 73 in the second round to lead by two heading into the final round of play. In the final round, Aylwin made the turn at 34 birdying holes five and eight. On the back nine, Aylwin started with five consecutive pars, birdied 15 and made bogey on 17, his only bogey of the day, to secure his second Public Links Championship. In addition to the 2007 Public Links Championship, Aylwin won last year’s Junior Match Play Championship earning him Junior Player-of-the-Year honors. Most recently, Aylwin advanced to match play in the US Amateur Public Links and won the Two-Man Shoot-Out in May.  

Cameron Knight, from Dade City, jumped into second place after firing a 66 in the final round, the low round of the tournament. Combined with rounds of 75-72, Knight finished with a 213 total. Kyle Cobb, from Tallahassee, took third place shooting a 70 in the first round and a pair of 72’s the final two days.

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.

Please see www.fsga.org for tee-times, pairings and results.  

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 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. 

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