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Posted on: March 7, 2017

FGCU Alum Derek Lamely wins Yuengling Open at Fort Myers Country Club

Derek Lamely wins second Yuengling Open

FORT MYERS, FL (March 5, 2017) –  For the second time in three years, PGA Tour player Derek Lamely has won Southwest Florida’s oldest golf tournament. Lamely shot 137 (69-68) at the par-70 Fort Myers Country Club to win the Yuengling Open in a one-stroke playoff over fellow professional Brad Adamonis.  Lamely also won the tournament in 2015, when the event was named the Coors Light Open.

Adamonis, who shot a first-round 65, struggled to repeat his performance in the windy second round. He bogeyed the 18th hole to finish the second round 3-over par. Lamely birdied the par-5 18th hole to force a one-hole playoff with Adamonis, the first-round leader.

Lamely’s second-round 68 was the only sub-par score in Sunday’s second.  He topped Adamonis with a par in the one-hole playoff to win the tournament and earn the $10,000 first prize.

“This year’s field was the best ever in terms of talent,” explains Rich Lamb, director of golf for the City of Fort Myers.  “The course was also the best ever in terms of condition.”

Lamely, a Florida Gulf Coast University alumnus and Fort Myers resident, is the eleventh two-time winner of the Yuengling Open in the tournament’s 55-year history. He is the first to do so since 2008, when local favorite George McNeill won his second title.  The tournament also boasts a five-time winner, Marion Heck.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, the Fort Myers Country Club is one of the oldest golf facilities on the west coast of Florida.  The course was renovated in 2014.  Since its renovation, “The Fort” has been named the Best Public Golf Course in Southwest Florida for two consecutive years by readers of Gulfshore Business magazine.

 For more information about the Fort Myers Country Club, please contact Rich Lamb at (239) 321-7488.

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