Kartrude Wins Palm Beach County Public Links with Sunday 62

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Michael Kartrude of Royal Palm Beach shot a 9-under-par 62 Sunday to break a six-day old course record and win the 23rd annual Palm Beach County Public Links Championship at the West Palm Beach Golf Course.

At 132, which beat the tournament record by five strokes, Kartrude won by four with a birdie-eagle finish for his first Palm Beach County Golf Association title.

“I’m not sure what was happening out there except that I was playing very well,” said Kartrude, 21, a student at Palm Beach State College. “But I guess I got back at Danny Germaine today, didn’t I?”

In 2008, Germaine beat Kartrude with birdie on the first playoff hole after they tied at 137, equaling the tournament record set by David Roschman in 2002 at Emerald Dunes. It was the second of three straight Publinx championships for Germaine, who tied for tied for 10th Sunday at 147.

Last Monday (Aug.16), Nick Latimer of Brooklyn, Ohio, shot 63 to win a Minor League Golf Tour event. It was the lowest score since the municipal course was re-opened as a par-71 course last November following major renovations. The MLGT played the course at 6,925 yards, the PBCGA at 6,800 yards.

Opened originally in 1947 as a par 72, the previous record was 62 shared by the late W.A. “Dub” Pagan, the host professional, touring pro Ken Duke and Tim Cox, a local attorney. From 1954 through 1962, the course hosted a PGA Tour event.

Prior to his blazing finish, Kartrude made six birdies, sinking a 25 footer at the sixth hole and saving par from behind the green at the 12th. At the par-4 17th, he hit driver and gap wedge to eight feet, and at the par-5 18th he hit driver and 5-wood on the green and dropped a 25-foot eagle putt.

Two scratch players tied for second at 136: Stephen Anderson of Hobe Sound, the first round leader with 66, and Christopher Reeves of Jupiter. Reeves was awarded low net on a match of cards and Anderson got second low gross among the 38 starters.

Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule: Aug. 28-29, Mid-Senior, Ritz-Carlton GC, Jupiter, and Sept. 11, The Challenge, Jonathan’s Landing GC @ Old Trail. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

 

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