Parker Gillam wins Orlando International Amateur in playoffs
Parker Gillam of Danville, Calif. Outlived Wyatt Plattner and Noah Kumar in a three-way playoff to win the Orlando International Amateur after the three players finished tied at 12 under.
Gillam held the lead after the first round when he shot a 65. However, that great first round just left him tied for the lead. Scores were low overall on the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge. This set the stage for an exciting finish.
The final round started with seven players sitting between 10 pennies and 7 pennies. Gillam was one stroke behind leaders Brendan Valdes and Ty Gingerich. Valdes and Gingerich both missed the playoffs suddenly.
Gillam, after arriving at the tournament looking to have fun and pick up the pace of golf after some time away, found himself engaged and nervous on the home stretch. However, he liked where he was as the final round played out.
“I love being behind and not in the final group. I just worried what I was doing and didn’t really care what they were doing behind me,” Gillam said after the round.
It took a birdie on the 18th hole on the par five of the Panther course for Gillam to even qualify for the playoffs.
“I didn’t really have any nerves until the last two holes and I realized it was going to be tight,” said Gillam.
Gillam, Plattner and Kumar combined for a bogey on their nine collective backs so they certainly golfed steadily down the home stretch.
Gillam recently graduated from Wake Forest where he earned the Honorable PING All-American after finishing tied for 15th at the NCAA National Championships. He proved in 2019 that he has the ability to drop after shooting just one round and an academic record of 60 at White Sands Intercollegiate.
“I owe my golf game to Coach Haas and Coach O’Callaghan. Without those two, I wouldn’t be the player I am now.”
Gillam has his eyes set on the Forme Tour or the Mackenzie Tour this spring, this victory will surely be a good boost to his confidence.
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The Orlando International Amateur Championship is an annual golf tournament bringing together top amateur golfers from the United States of America and abroad. 54-hole stroke play championship, playing 18 holes per day.
Open to low handicap amateurs, college golfers, players qualified for one of the current year’s USGA or R&A championships, and those who have the recommendation of their country’s federation or association.
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