JUPITER, Fla. (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
The tournament, which included a varied field of aspiring young players and former Tour professionals, took place on the Palm Beach Gardens country club’s esteemed East Course. The East Course is one of three championship links that surround the approximate 1,600 homes in BallenIsles.
An eagle putt by 19-year-old winner Austin Powell highlighted the tournament and landed the former graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach the Palm Beach County Amateur title. Powell edged out 43-year-old Gary Nicklaus, ex-pro and son of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, and 19-year-old Matt Ceravolo, a product of The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach and a University of Pennsylvania student.
Powell said after the tournament that winning is it was “a big deal” given the caliber of players, past and present, who have participated in the 37-year-old event. Mark Calcavecchia, a Champions Tour standout who lives on riverfront property in Tequesta, won the Palm Beach County Amateur title in 1979.
The young player ended with a final-round score of 69 after he eagled the 17th hole and parred the 18th hole to finish one shot over Nicklaus and Ceravolo. The starting field comprised 150-plus golfers who teed off at BallenIsles’ East Course and Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail, west of Jupiter.
Powell led the Cardinal Newman Crusaders to the state championships during his junior year and led the Penn Quakers to the Ivy League championships during his freshman year. He said clinching the Palm Beach County Amateur tournament trumped both.
The East Course, which has existed since 1963, is a par-72 course that was redesigned in 2008 by renowned architect Keith Foster. Foster planted thousands of trees and shrubs to add beauty and create a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
The North Course was created by Joe Lee in 1969 as a par-72 and was renovated in 1994. Lee also created the South Course, another par-72, in 1970, and in 2000, it was overhauled by Gene Bates Golf Designs. BallenIsles’ golf pro said the South Course is the member’s favorite for its cunning curves and demand for accuracy.
In addition to serving as the host course for the Palm Beach County Amateur, BallenIsles’ golf facilities are the site of the popular Junior Cup, which takes place every July. The BallenIsles Men’s Golf Association annually welcomes the Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer tournament to benefit the national Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Women’s Golf Association and the Women's Nine-Hole Golf Association sponsor events that benefit breast-cancer charities.
All eyes were on BallenIsles during the “Copter Drop,” which involved a slew of golf balls being released from a helicopter onto the 18th green to raise funds for the Palm Beach State College Foundation.
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