Augustus wins on Florida Tour
Daniel Augustus achieved a career milestone after capturing a maiden win on the Florida Elite Golf Tour in Florida this week.
He did so the hard way, coming from five-shots back of the leader during the second and final round of the 36-hole championship at the Orange County National Golf Club on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old professional finished at nine-under-par 135 to pip Florida resident Taylor Pendrith for the title and $5,000 winner’s purse by a solitary shot.
“It feels great to get my first win on this tour and I’m honestly surprised,” Augustus said.
“The course was actually tough and it was really windy which played into my hands growing up playing in windy conditions in Bermuda.”
Augustus kept within striking distance of the leaders after carding a two-under 70 during the opening round, which included five birdies and three bogeys. But the best was yet to come as he blazed his way to a sizzling seven-under during the final round, which contained an eagle, six birdies and a bogey, to surge from 20th to the top of the leaderboard and clinch a maiden tour win at the fifth attempt.
“It was a strange round; it just happened,” Augustus said. “I’ve been working on positive self talk and that’s what helped me with the round.”
Augustus’s start to the final round was far from ideal as he three-putted for bogey on the first hole playing into a strong breeze. However, he bounced back with an eagle at second hole and never looked back.
“The bogey was like a wake up call,” Augustus added. “I just got hot and kept it going. It was a good performance all round and it wasn’t even like I was trying to force it.”
The triumph was Augustus’s third overseas as he is a two-times winner on the Moonlight Golf Tour.
“Winning on a tour like this with guys with Web.com Tour status and exemptions shows what I’m capable,” he said. “That’s all I’ve been working on, becoming capable of playing consistently at this level.”
Augustus refused to take all the credit for his win. “I have to give a big shout-out to Michael Sims because I have been talking to him a lot about the mental side of the game. He’s really been instrumental in getting me to a better level consistently,” he said.
“Another shout-out to Cornell Bean who has been helping me with my swing. I have actually been going through a bit of swing issues. He’s been my childhood coach pretty much and he gave me some advice.”
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