Golfer Thompson Wins Second Dixie Amateur Title
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – LSU junior Curtis Thompson and Florida State freshman Jack Maguire wrapped up the fourth and final round of the 83rd Dixie Amateur Championship right where they started in a deadlock as each fired a 7-under par 65 to finish with matching 72-hole scores of 15-under par 273 to force a sudden death playoff for the 2013 title at Heron Bay Golf Club.
Thompson and Maguire actually teed off in the final round in a three-way tie for second place with Florida native Sam Horsfield as each carded scores of 8-under par 208 in 54 holes at this year’s championship.
Thompson followed an even-par 72 in the opening round with scores of 2-under 70 in the second round and 6-under 66 in the third round before firing his tournament best of 7-under 65 in the final round held before the Christmas holiday on Sunday, Dec. 22, to force a sudden death playoff with Maguire for the title. Horsfield managed a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish four shots off the pace.
That’s when Thompson captured his second Dixie Amateur title in three years with a birdie on the second playoff hole as he reclaimed the crown he won for the first time during his freshman season in 2011.
Michigan State junior McCormick Clouser was the 54-hole leader with his three-day total of 12-under par 204, but he finished two shots behind Thompson and Maguire in third place on the final leaderboard after firing a 1-under 71 in the final round while also playing as part of the final group in the championship finale at Heron Bay Golf Club.
The men’s Dixie Amateur Championship, which was first played in 1924, is designated as one of the “majors” of amateur golf by the amateurgolf.com. Many of the top amateur golfers worldwide made the trip to Coral Springs, Fla., to compete in this year’s event as a tournament record was set with representatives from 31 countries competing for the prestigious title.
Thompson is just the seventh player in the tournament’s 83-year history to win multiple titles, a feat most recently accomplished by former Oklahoma State All-American and rising PGA TOUR star Peter Uihlein in 2009 and 2010. The Dixie Amateur Championship boasts an impressive list of past champions who have enjoyed great success while playing on the PGA TOUR, including Andy Bean, Bruce Fleisher, Nolan Henke, Ryuji Imada, Len Mattiace, Jesper Parnevick, Brandt Snedeker, Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins.