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Liberty Golfers Succeed at Florida State Amateur Championship

June 27, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty’s Mickey DeMorat (left) and Gabe Lench (right) posted top-10 finishes this past weekend at the 99th Florida State Amateur Championship.

Liberty's Mickey DeMorat (left) and Gabe Lench (right) posted top-10 finishes this past weekend at the 99th Florida State Amateur Championship.

99th Florida State Amateur Championship results

Liberty's Mickey DeMorat and Gabe Lench posted top-10 finishes this past weekend at the 99th Florida State Amateur Championship.

DeMorat posted a 10-under par 278 (66-67-76-69) to finish the event tied for third place. Lench, the 2014 Florida State Amateur champion, finished tied for ninth place with a 7-under par 281 (69-70-68-74).

The Flames' Hutson Chandler also participated in the event, but did not make the cut for the final 36 holes of competition.

Started in 1914, the Florida Amateur Championship is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state, as well as, the largest amateur event in Florida.

Play was split on Thursday and Friday between the Fiddlesticks Country Club (par 72, 7,077 yards) in Fort Myers, Fla., and Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club (par 72, 7,183 yards) in Miromar Lakes, Fla.

The event, which featured the top 168 amateur players in the state of Florida, wrapped up with two final rounds at Fiddlesticks Country Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Jacob Huizinga, who just concluded his first year of collegiate play at West Florida, posted a wire-to-wire victory with a winning score of 16-under par 272 (65-67-69-71).

DeMorat opened the event strong, carding a 6-under par 66 at Fiddlesticks Country Club on Thursday followed by a 5-under par 67 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club on Friday. The rising junior at Liberty played his first 36 holes of the championship without a bogey.

The native of Merritt Island, Fla., dropped four shots to the field with a 4-over par 76 on Saturday before closing with five birdies on Sunday to card a 3-under par 69.

Lench opened the event with a 3-under par 69 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club on Thursday and a 2-under par 70 at Fiddlesticks Country Club on Friday.

The rising sophomore at Liberty moved into a tie for second place following a 4-under par 68 on Saturday as he looked to win his second career state amateur title. However, the native of Lake Mary, Fla., closed with a 2-over par 74 on Sunday.

DeMorat and Lench recently completed their first season at Liberty. The pair helped the Flames capture the 2016 Big South Men's Golf Championship and advance to the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

DeMorat, a transfer from Eastern Florida State, finished the season ranked second on Liberty's roster with a 72.92 stroke average and tied for the team lead with five top-10 finishes. He was named to the All-Big South and VaSID All-State teams.

Lench, a member of the Big South All-Freshman team, ranked third on Liberty's roster with a 74.71 season stroke average. He had a pair of top-10 finishes during his rookie collegiate season, including sharing individual medalist honors with teammate Isaiah Logue at the Rees Jones Invitational in September.