Collegiate am kickoff at Disney June 5-6, 2012

Michelson beats the field with consistency

Schechter maintains early lead

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e Buena Vista, FL (June 6th, 2012) – The Hurricane Collegiate Amateur Tour hosted the Kickoff at Disney on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, at the Osprey Ridge Golf Course at Walt Disney World Resort. A wide range of collegiate players came to showcase their talents at Disney with twenty different colleges and Universities represented among the players. The tournament saw players from colleges in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. The weather was less than favorable for second round play on Tuesday as players were called off the course for a 30 minute rain delay. Luckily the weather delay was brief and the players were able to complete their second round of tournament play. The players had no trouble completing their final round as skies were overcast with a brief rain shower in the morning. Colleges and Universities Represented:

  • University of Tampa
  • Coastal Georgia
  • Florida State
  • Valencia
  • Southeastern Louisiana
  • Mississippi College
  • Clearwater Christian College
  • Eckerd College
  • Rice University
  • Brevard Community College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Coastal Carolina
  • Furman
  • Saint Leo University
  • Bryan College
  • Breuton Parker
  • University of South Carolina
  • Campbell
  • Rollins
  • Florida Southern
  • University of North Carolina
  • Alabama State

The Men’s Collegiate Division first place trophy was captured by Landon Michelson of Miami, Florida who currently attends Rice University.  Michelson turned in a three day total of 218 (73 + 72 + 73), finishing at 2 over par for the tournament. Michelson’s stellar play was propelled by twelve birdies throughout the three rounds including a total of five on his back nine during the second nine. His 33 on the back nine on Tuesday proved to be a pivotal nine in securing the victory. Michelson led the field in total birdies and par 5 and par 4 averages with averaging 4.50 and 4.13 respectively. Michelson also had the best par breaker average with 22.2%. Second place honors went to Tyler Howes of Kissimmee, Florida and he is currently attending Brevard Community College. Howes had the best par 3 and par 4 average of the tournament with 3.17 and 4.13 averages. Howe also used 34 total pars and a par or better average of 75.9% to help him bring home the second place trophey. Third place honors were received by Chip Hoch of Daytona Beach, Florida and he is currently attending Florida Atlantic University. Hoch was able to work his way up to third place by carding a final round 73. Playing the par 4’s at a 4.13 average proved to help Hoch make the jump into the awards ceremony. Along with the best par 4 average of the tournament Hoch also carded a total of 33 pars and had a par or better average of 75.9%. In the Woman’s Collegiate Division Maia Schechter of Takoma Park, Maryland, a student at the University of North Carolina, brought home first place honors. Schechter carded a three round total of 218 (67 + 73 + 78). The first round 67 by Schechter included 6 birdies and an eagle in route to a back nine 7 under for a total of 30. Schechter used a total of 8 birdies and 1 eagle to propel her way to the top spot. Along with the 8 birdies she also had a par or better average of 77.8% which was second best in the field. Schechter was able to play par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s all right around a par average with 3.00, 4.07, and 5.00 averages respectively. Second place honors in the Women’s Division went to Samantha Marks of Maitland, Florida and she will be attending the University of North Carolina in the fall. Marks carded the most birdies in the field with 10 and she also had the best par breaker average in the field with an 18.5%. Marks had the best par 3 and par 4 averages in the field with 2.92 and 4.07 averages. Third place honors were received by Kaylin Yost of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Megan Kiley of Lakeland, Florida. Yost is attending Campbell University and Kiley attends Florida Southern University. They each carded a three round total of 225 to bring home the third place trophy. Kiley used a total of 9 birdies and a par or better average of 74.1% to achieve third place honors. Yost used her par 4 and par 5 averages to help propel her to third place honors. Her par 4 average was a 4.20 and her par 5 average was a 5.08 average. Both of these were among the top five in the field. Weather: Tuesday- Mostly sunny in the morning with scattered storms in the afternoon and a high of 90. Wednesday- Overcast with a brief rain shower in the morning and a high of mid 80’s. Tournament Yardages: Men’s Division- 6968 Women’s Division- 6103

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