Gillam Beats Plattner on Second Playoff Hole to Win Orlando International Am

Parker Gillam of Danville, Calif., made a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Wyatt Plattner of Sarasota, Fla., and win the Orlando International Amateur on the Panther Lake Course at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla.

Noah Kumar, also of Sarasota, was part of the playoff but bowed out with a bogey on the first extra hole.

The 21-year-old Gillam, a recent graduate of Wake Forest, also made a birdie on the final hole of regulation to post a score of 65-69-68—202, 12-under-par, while Plattner finished at 69-66-67—202, and Kumar wound up at 65-69-68—202.

“I love being one back and not in the final group,” said Gillam, who previous victory came in the 2019 White Sands Intercollegiate, when he shot 60 in the first round. “I was just worrying about what I was doing and not really caring about what they were doing behind me.

“I didn’t really have any nerves until the last couple holes coming down the stretch and I realized this is going to be close.”

Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Fla., shot 65-68-70—203 to tie for fourth with Ty Gingerich of Carmel, Ind., who also finished at 65-68-70—203, while Jimmy Dales of Northville, Mich, was sixth at 68-68-69—205, followed by Jackson Buchanan of Dacula, Ga., at 68-68-70—206, Ian Peng of Howey in the Hills, Fla., at 71-67-69—207, and Robbie Higgins of Bradenton, Fla, at 71-67-70—208.

Dongjin Park of Korea carded a score of 73-64-72—209 to tie for 10th with Jay Brooks of Boca Raton, Fla., who totaled 70-69-70—209, Quentin Debove of France, who finished at 69-68-72—209, Cole Bradley of West Lafayette, Ind., who shot 68-70-71—209, and T.J. Barger of Bloomington, Ill., who came in at 65-73-71—209.

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