Elliot Wins Public Links Championship
Going into the final round, Elliot, of Bradenton, was tied for fourth with four other players at 72. After a final round score of 69, Elliot, who was an alternate for the event and received entry on Thursday, finished the Public Links Championship shooting a two-day total 141, 3-under par. Another player tied for fourth after the first round and an alternate, Brad Stainsby, of Lakeland, shot a 71 today to finish tied for second with a 143 total. Stainsby tied with yesterday's co-leader Aaron Tallman, of Pembroke Pines. Tallman, who finished second on the 2002 Florida State Final Point Standings, shot 70-73, 143 total. FSGA Tournament Director, Peter Dachisen, of Wesley Chapel, recorded the low round of the tournament with a 68 the final day and with his 76 the first day, finished three back from the leader. The other co-leader after the first round, Milko Brito, of Miami, recorded a 76 today and with a 70 in the first round finished the tournament 2-over par, 146. First flight winner, John Hewlin, of Bradenton, shot a 79 the first day and ten strokes less, 69, the second day to finish with a 148. Burt McKim, of Jacksonville, overcame his 96 in the first round to shot a 79 the second day.
The Public Links Championship is open to bona fide public course players who are not members of a private club. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play on the first day and then, the field is flighted and play another 18 holes of stroke play on the final day.
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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 20 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 39 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