Jan. 3, 2013
Over the holiday break, Tennessee senior Jay Vandeventer took his talents to South Beach.
The Bristol, Tenn., native finished tied for fourth in the South Beach International Amateur Golf Championship in Miami Beach, Fla.
The four-day championship took place Dec. 18-21 and was played at the Miami Beach Golf Club and Normandy Shores Golf Club.
Miami Beach Golf Club (par 71) and Normandy Shores Golf Club (par 70) are historic championship golf courses that have undergone $15 million dollars in redesigns and renovations over the last seven years. The courses boast that golf course architect Arthur Hills "brought back to life the classic nature of each course while increasing the challenge through modern design tactics".
Vandeventer was the model of consistency throughout the championship. The Tennessee senior finished with an overall score of 3-under par (280). Through the first three rounds, he shot consecutive 69's and finished his last round with a 73.
"Basically, I putted the best I've putted in a long time. That's what helped me the most," Vandeventer said. "I played very consistent, worry free golf. If I had a bad hole, I would be able to recover and manage par due to good putting. I was glad to see myself play up to my potential for four straight days".
The South Beach International Am winner was Juan Pablo Hernandez, a senior at the University of Arizona. Hernandez cruised to the victory, shooting a 10-under par (273). In addition, Ole Miss senior Blake Morris set a new course record by shooting a second round 7-under par (63).
To view Vandeventer's scores and the final results: Click Here.
In the first half of the season, Vandeventer's best performance came in October at the Bank of Tennessee tournament where he finished tied for eleventh.
The Volunteers open their spring season on Feb. 4 in Ponte Vedra, Fla., at the Jacksonville Invitational.
For the latest in Tennessee Golf, follow the team on Twitter @Vol_Golf.