Horsfield, 16, romps to Florida State Amateur title
Sam Horsfield, a 16-year-old from Davenport, Fla., shot rounds of 72-67-72-67 to win the 96th Florida State Amateur at Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, Fla.
The victory made Horsfield the youngest winner in the 96-year history of the Florida State Amateur. His 4-under 278 total gave Horsfield an incredible 11-shot victory over second-place finisher Sean Kelly.
Trailing by six shots after his first-round 72, Horsfield fired a blistering 67 in the second round on the difficult Hills Course to take a commanding four-shot lead into the third round.
After struggling briefly, Horsfield was able to refocus an extend his third-round lead to six shots by shooting a 2-over 72 for a 54-hole total of 1-under 211.
On the final day Horsfield was able to seal the victory with a card that included one double bogey on No. 13 and five birdies -- including the difficult 235-yard, par-3 14th.
“Going into the last few holes I was feeling very relaxed and knew how I stood in the field,” Horsfield said. “Having the birdies (on 14, 16 and 18) just made me feel even better going down the stretch.
“My goal for the day was to play solid. I wanted to try to shoot even par and knew that that would be good for the day, so 3 under was a great day to have out there.”
This is the second career Florida State Golf Association title for Horsfield who won the 2011 Boys’ Junior Championship shooting a three-day total of 15 under. Recently, Horsfield set a course record at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, FL. carding a 61 while qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Horsfield, originally from Manchester, England, moved to the U.S. at the age of four and now lives in the Orlando area. If you follow Twitter, Ian Poulter said he’s so impressed with Horsfield’s game that he challenged the three top junior golfers from England to fly to Orlando and challenge Horsfield. Poulter was quoted as saying,” I first met Sam three years ago and he is without doubt the best young golfer I have ever seen. He already hits the ball as long as me and when he decides to come out on Tour he’s going to be the real deal.” Poulter went on to say “…I would say already that if he decided now to turn pro and join the European Tour, even at the age of 16, he would be easily good enough to win enough money to keep his playing card.”
The Florida State Amateur is a 72-hole event with players playing 18 holes each on the Hills Course and the Village Course before the field is cut to the low 70 and ties. The final 36 holes are played on the Hills Course. Past Amateur champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch and Barry Cheesman.
-- Information for this report was received from the FSGA