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GOLF: Carroll Comes Out on Top in 59th Jacksonville Amateur Championship

2019 champion Jordan Batchelor (left) hands trophy to Cody Carroll

The 59th Jacksonville Amateur Championship started with plenty of news and finished with a big dose of drama.

Already getting plenty of attention by admitting its first women competitors and playing at a renovated public course that got rave reviews the championship came down to the final putt set up by two exceptional approach shots.

The winner was University of North Florida junior Cody Carroll, who got up-and-down for birdie from 118 yards on the final hole at Jax Beach Golf Club. It looked like all he would need was a two-putt but Pierre Viallaneix of Orlando chipped in for eagle from 30 yards on the par-5 finishing hole.

Carroll recorded rounds of 72-67-67—206 (7 under). The Middleburg High product became the ninth UNF Osprey to claim the Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s showcase event and second in a row. He accepted the trophy from 2019 champion and UNF assistant coach Jordan Batchelor.

Viallaneix’s 207 came on rounds of 71-66-70 at the 6,705-yard layout. The Western Carolina University sophomore led former Florida Gator Toby Ragland by one and Carroll by two entering the final round thanks in large part to his tournament course record 5-under par round on Friday.

Ragland shot 71-67 in the first two rounds but fell off the pace the last day with a 3-over-par 74 to finish third at 1 under.

Jax Beach hosted JAGA’s signature championship for the first time.

The field of 78 was trimmed in half after the first two rounds — played in windy conditions — and scores improved on the final day as the winds calmed.

Complete Jacksonville Amateur results may be found at jax.bluegolf.com or www.jaxareagolf.org.

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