Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Bradenton's Philip Knowles came close to capturing the 23rd Florida State Amateur Match Play Championship that concluded Sunday at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville.
Knowles won five straight matches to earn a spot in Sunday afternoon's final against Juno Beach resident Kevin Jorden.
A champion couldn't be determined in regulation, so the match went into a sudden-death playoff. After both players halved the 19th and 20th holes with pars, Jorden claimed the title on the 21st hole with an 18-foot birdie.
That birdie followed Knowles up-and-down par from the greenside bunker.
Knowles fired a 69 in the seeding round to grab one of the top seeds in the match play portion. From there, he knocked off three opponents with a 4-and-3 victory, one opponent by a 3-and-1 margin and another by a 3-and-2 mark.
The Bradenton Christian rising junior is primed for a big prep season on the heels of the state match play performance and other top state tournaments on both the junior and amateur circuits.