Berger claims 13-shot victory at Dixie Amateur

Florida State's Daniel Berger

Florida State's Daniel Berger

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.

Scores

Dixie Amateur

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