Medinis Wins Amateur Match Play Championship

Alexander MedinisAlexander Medinis defeated Gabriel Costa in the final match to win the Florida State Amateur Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa in Jupiter. 

In the finals, Medinis, of Fort Myers, secured the title on the 14th hole beating Costa, from Tequesta, 5 and 4. After nine holes, Medinis was 2 up, winning the 1st, 5th and 6th holes. Costa made par on the difficult par-4 8th to get the match back to 2 down.

Medinis played solid on the back nine, winning the last three holes which included birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to secure the championship. This is Medinis' first State championship. He's a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University and has had a great summer, finishing tied for fifth at the Amateur Championship at Bay Hill Club & Lodge and finishing tied for third at the Amateur Public Links Championship at PGA Golf Club.

En route to the finals, Medinis and Costa each won five matches to meet Sunday afternoon. Medinis, who earned the 25th seed after posting a 75 in the seeding round, defeated Tory Henderson, from Bradenton, 2 and 1 in the first round. Medinis defeated Alan Pope, of Orlando 1 up to advance to the round of 16.  Medinis then defeated Jason Burstyn, of Miami in 19 holes to earn his spot in the quarters. Playing Doug Snoap, from Apopka, Medinis won 3 and 2 to advance to the semifinals.

On Sunday morning, Medinis faced the 2005 Champion Kelly Gosse, from Ocala, and beat Gosse 4 and 2 to face Costa in the final match.

Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the championship, a qualifying stage was instituted three years ago. More than 390 players attempted to qualify at one of seven sites across the state. In the qualifying, players competed in 18 holes of stroke play in hopes of reaching the Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa.

The Match Play Championship begins with an 18-hole seeding round to seed the 64-player field. Single elimination match play will follow to determine the Match Play Champion.


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