Davenport’s Sam Horsfield Sunday won the 96th Florida State Amateur Championship firing a tournament total of four-under par 278 at Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter.
Bartow’s Drew Guffey finished tied for 12th place, 25 shots off the pace with a 303 in the tournament. Chase Marinell of Cape Coral also shot a 303 in the four rounds.
In the first round, Horsfield, who is 16, trailed by six shots, but followed up with a second round three-under par 67 at Jupiter Hills Club. He sat at three-under par for the championship heading into the weekend and leading by four shots. Even with an up-and-down round on Saturday, Horsfield extended his lead with a two-over par 72 for a 54-hole total of one-under par 211.
In the final round Horsfield played a solid front nine. He started with an early birdie on his second hole, and stayed consistent with all pars and one more birdie, giving him a nine-shot lead heading into the back nine. With a double bogie on hole 13, Horsfield recovered immediately with a birdie on the 235-yard par three 14.
“My goal for the day was to play solid. I wanted to try to shoot even par and knew that that would be good for the day. So three-under was a great day to have out there,” he said.
Horsfield kept playing solid with a birdie on 16 and then closed the deal with another birdie on the par-four 18th hole to finish three-under for the day.
“Going into the last few holes I was feeling very relaxed and knew how I stood in the field. Having the birdie on 16 just made me feel even better going down the stretch.”
This is Horsfield’s second career Florida State Golf Association title, winning the 2011 Boys’ Junior Championship (13-15) when he was 14 with a 15 under-par three-day total of 201 to win by five shots. He also recently set a course record at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, Florida, when he shot a 61 en route to qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links.