Berger claims 13-shot victory at Dixie Amateur
Daniel Berger of Jupiter, Fla., won the 82nd Dixie Amateur on Dec. 21, by 13 shots. Berger opened a nine-shot lead during the third round, and cruised to victory on Friday with his highest score of the week, a 2-under 70.
Berger, a sophomore at Florida State, separated himself with an opening 9-under 63 at the Woodlands Country Club West course in Coral Springs, Fla., that gave him an immediate three-shot lead. He followed with rounds of 67-65, and ended the week at 22-under 265.
Berger is No. 14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Tom Lovelady of Birmingham, Ala., was second at 9-under 278. Lovelady, a redshirt freshman at Alabama, made a run at Berger in the third round with his own 9-under 63, but it wasn’t enough to catch Berger.
Richard Werenski, a junior at Georgia Tech, was third, one shot behind Lovelady. Trey Mullinax, a junior at Alabama, was another shot behind Werenski.
Coral Springs local Curtis Thompson was Berger’s closest pursuer after the first round with his 6-under 66. Thompson, an LSU sophomore who won this tournament in 2011, returned rounds of 75-76-72, however, to fall to T-20.