Monday February 27th, 2017–Hunter Stewart showed no mercy to the field or to the Golf Club at Fleming Island as he fired back-to-back bogey-free 3rd and 4th rounds to capture the title.
Stewart a Vanderbilt University alum, cruised to victory with a 5 shot victory over Robby Shelton. Using a bogey free 8-under 63 on Friday, and a bogey free 7-under on Saturday, Stewart erased a 5 shot deficit over the final 2 rounds.
Stewart credited his victory to his hot start on the front 9, and a his confidence on the greens. “I played the first 5 holes in 15 under for the week and that alone would have put me in contention” he stated. Stewart began his final round with 5 consecutive birdies en route to an 5-under 31 on the front 9. He tallied 2 more birdies coming in on 12 and 13 to reach 23-under for the week. Stewart also credited a comfortable pairing with Robby Shelton during the final 2 rounds as a key. “Robby and I stayed in the same house and have been friends for awhile, so it was a good to be paired with him the final 2 rounds”.
University of Alabama alum Robby Shelton, found himself in contention again heading into the final 2 rounds at Fleming Island. Shelton who posted rounds of 66,67,65, and 68 finished solo 2nd and was 5 shots clear of third. Shelton, who won the first SwingThought TOUR National Series event at Southern Hills Plantation had his second consecutive Top 2 finish.
Grant Leaver 13-under finished in solo 3rd, while Brinson Paolini and James White both finished tied for 4th at 12-under.
The SwingThought TOUR would like to thank Superintendent Mike Pafford and his entire maintenance staff for their incredible job getting the course ready for play. Players raved about how well the greens were rolling, and the TOUR is incredibly grateful for the time and effort Mike and his staff put in. The TOUR would also like to thank Head Golf Professional Jimmy Gilleon for his attention to detail and determination to provide a first class event.
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