Daniel Berger, a sophomore at
Florida State University, stormed to victory in the Dixie Amateur at Heron Bay
Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., shortly
before Christmas. His 22-under-par 265
total was 13 shots ahead of his closest
pursuer, Tom Lovelady.
Berger, who birdied the first four
holes of the tournament to take command of the event from the start, never
was fewer than seven shots ahead of the
field in the final round, a day in which
South Florida’s first cold front of the
season came through, dropping temperatures 20 degrees in 25-30 mph winds.
Isabelle Lendl shot a final-round
66 to overtake third-round leader and
local favorite Carly Ray Goldstein to
capture the Women’s Dixie Amateur.
Lendl, a University of Florida senior and
the daughter of eight-time Grand Slam
tennis professional Ivan Lendl, took the
lead in the tournament for the first time
when she made a short birdie putt on
the 15th hole. She had identical nine-hole totals of 33 and finished at 278.
Goldstein, a 17-year-old who had the
lead going into the last round, could do
no better than a 75, finishing in a tie for
second with Orlando’s Cindy Yueer Feng,
who closed with a 68 for a 282 total.
Lendl’s short par putt on the final
hole also was important; it enabled her
to be low Lendl of the day as Isabelle’s
sister, Daniela, had a final-round 67.
The 66 matched Lendl’s best career
round as she had a similar score at the
NCAA final round last year.
Ashley Rose, of North Augusta, S.C.,
had a final-round 75 to win the women’s senior division by seven shots over
Canadian Ivy Stenberg.
In the men’s senior division, Las Vegas resident Brady Exber posted a final-round 71 to win by a shot over Peter Wegmann. Exber finished at 11-under-par
205. Pat Vincelli, of Stuart, Fla., closed
with a 68 to capture his second straight
super senior title. His three-round total
of 210 edged Tom Knapp by one shot.
RESULTS: MEN | WOMEN | SENIORS
CAPPELEN WINS PATRIOT ALL-AMERICAN
yards came to rest 15 feet from the
hole, and he rolled it in for the win.
Daniel Berger and Jimmy
Kozikowski tied for third at 2 under.
Proveaux, Richard James and Ollie
Schniederjans finished in a three-way
tie for fifth at 1-under 209.
Invitations to The Patriot All-America are awarded to individuals earning
Ping All-America honors the previous
season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III
as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member
from each of the United States military
academies is invited. The players honor
fallen heroes from all branches of the
military by carrying red, white and
blue golf bags with the name, rank and
branch of a soldier lost in battle.
TAKES SOUTH BEACH TITLE
3-under par, in very difficult conditions
to win the South Beach International
Amateur title. Hernandez shot 10-un-
der-par 273 in an event played at Miami
Beach GC in Miami.
Hernandez, a senior at the University
of Arizona, took control of the tournament when he birdied the 10th hole and
followed it up with a chip-in eagle on the
par-5 12th to take a five-stroke lead. A
35-footer on No. 16 for birdie got Hernandez to 10-under par and put the tournament out of reach from his pursuers.
Florida State’s Hank Lebioda finished second, four strokes behind at
6-under 277. Taiwanese and Florida
State golfer Tommy Mou took third
place alone at 279, helped by an eagle
on the 15th hole. Tennessee golfer Jay
Vandeventer, of Bristol, Va., and Wichita
State golfer Tyler Gann, of Tomball,
Tex., came in fourth at 280.