Ben Vertz Wins Florida Open

Ben VertzBen Vertz won the 64th Florida Open Championship, shooting a tournament total of 4-under-par 210 at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, on July 16-18.

Vertz, who resides in Coral Springs, outlasted a field of 156 players to capture the 64th Florida Open Championship. Vertz fired an opening round 75 on the Island course and trailed the 18-hole leader by five strokes.

Vertz came out firing in the second round on the Copperhead course with a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine, which included two birdies and no bogeys. He continued his solid play on the back nine carding a 3-under par 33 for a round of 66.

In the final round, Vertz started out with a bogey on the second hole, and then rattled off six straight pars before coming to the par-4 ninth hole. He closed out his front nine with a birdie on the ninth hole to turn at even par 36.

"After my bogey on number two I really refocused on what I was doing out there, and making birdie on nine really jumpstarted my round," Vertz said. "

Vertz played a solid round of golf on the back nine firing a two-under par 33 for a final round two-under par 69. He concluded his round by making a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole to capture the championship. 

“This is the biggest victory of my career, and this is an incredible feeling," he said. "This victory is even sweeter after what happened to me at the Amateur."

Two weeks ago Vertz finished tied for fifth at the 93rd Florida State Amateur Championship at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. He is currently is a member of the Nova Southeastern Golf team.

Tyler McCumber, of Ponte Vedra Beach, finished three shots off the pace set by Vertz. It was his second consecutive runner-up finish in the event.

McCumber carded a 2-under-par 69 on the Copperhead in the final round highlighted by his 4-under-par 31 on the back nine that included four birdies and no bogeys. 

Andrew Pressentin, of Bonita Springs finished alone in third place by firing a final round 2-under-par 69, for a tournament total of even par 214. Richard Terga, of Palm Beach Gardens who is the PGA Professional at The Breakers Ocean Course finished in fourth place posting a final round one-under par 70, and was the low Professional in the championship taking home $12,000 with his fourth place finish.

 

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