Bradenton, FL-- It turned out to be a rather big day Sunday for one red hot Seminole golfer. Chase Seiffert, a senior to be at FSU this fall, with an incredible finish to the Florida Open, an event for golf professionals and amateurs.
Chase fires an 8 under 63 at Ritz Carlton Golf Club, leaving him 22 under in the 54 hole event, 9 shots better than second place. Chase's scores over the three days, 66, 64 and 63.
Chase Marinell out of Cape Coral had a great weekend, and isn't even close at 14 under par. He finished the final round with a 69.
Nature Walk pro Si Clemo struggled with the greens today, shot 76, tied for 48th.
Back to Chase, who because he's still an amateur can't collect the 12-thousand dollar first place check, he settles instead for gift certificates, and of course bragging rights.
He's the state's hottest golfer having played well in the NCAA postseason, along with wins at the Sherman, the State Amateur and now the Florida Open. I spoke with Chase Sunday afternoon and asked him if he's ever played this well in any tournament ever before?
"No not at all, my previous best was 11 under I believe," says Seiffert "and that was at the Sherman. I started off the tee box, I drove the ball beautifully all week and that left me a lot of short irons into these holes and I was able to attack the flag sticks. I carried over a lot of confidence from the State Am and also the U.S. Am qualifier where I played pretty well. And I knew if I just executed my game plan I was gonna play pretty good."
He played better than "pretty good". Chase mentioned the U.S. Amateur, he qualified as an alternate for that, so he has a shot of getting in, and he would love to take his red hot swing up to Cherry Hills in Colorado next month.