Dale Completes Comeback at the Creek Course at Hammock Dunes Club
Sean Dale fired a 9-under 63 in Sunday’s final round to win the 73rd Florida Open Championship
With a rich history dating back to 1942, the 73rd Florida Open Championship took center stage at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast on July 12-14. Qualifying began with over 1,000 players hoping to earn a spot in the championship. Ultimately, 95 players punched their ticket, joining 61 exempt competitors.
The 73rd Florida Open Championship began on Friday, July 12, with players competing on the Creek and Links Course at Hammock Dunes Club. John Jonas and Mickey DeMorat both went low in the first round of the Florida Open Championship, carding 7-under 65, to finish the first round at the top of the leaderboard.
Saturday saw players fighting their way to the top of the leaderboard, with a cut to low 60 and ties at the end of the day. DeMorat continued his strong play on Saturday with a 4-under 68 to finish the day at the top of the leaderboard.
On Sunday, 18 holes at the Creek Course decided the 73rd Florida Open champion. Teeing off over an hour before the final group, Sean Dale started the day eight shots behind the leader. He went out and fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to head to the clubhouse with a two-shot lead over the field. There may have been a wait, but the day ended with Dale being crowned the 73rd Florida Open Champion.
“I’m born and raised in Jacksonville. A Florida boy by heart, so it means a lot,” said Florida Open Champion Sean Dale. “It’s special. Being eight shots back coming into today, it wasn’t really expected. I had a good front nine and kept it rolling.”
Dale became just the eighth player in FSGA history to win both the Florida Amateur Championship and the Florida Open Championship, after capturing the Amateur in 2010.
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About Hammock Dunes Club
A private oceanfront member-owned, member-operated club along the Central Atlantic Coast of Florida,provides an oasis of relaxation for its membership with more than five miles of oceanfront property. Hammock Dunes Club provides a welcoming community for those seeking luxury amenities and an unmatched oceanfront lifestyle. The club is home to two 18-hole golf courses – the Creek Course designed by Rees Jones and the Links Course designed by Tom Fazio – which consistently rank among the top residential courses in the U.S. by Golfweek. Hammock Dunes holds a distinguished Emerald Club of the World ranking by Boardroom Magazine since 2013 and provides its members with the perfect balance of comfort and luxury.
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