Former Gaither golfer Jimmy Stanger wins Southern Amateur
Former Gaither standout and University of Virginia rising senior Jimmy Stanger won the prestigious Southern Amateur golf tournament at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Sunday. Stanger, who was the Times 2012 Hillsborough Golfer of the Year, shot a final round 6 under 66 to win the tournament by one stroke. Stanger trailed Oklahoma State's Zach Bauchou by three strokes to start the final round. His overall total was 12 under.
Stanger was an All Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection for the Cavaliers. Stanger was first or second in scoring for Virginia in nine of 12 tournaments. He helped lead the Cavaliers to an NCAA tournament appearance.
"This is my best (win) by far," Stanger told amateurgolf.com.
The Southern Amateur has been played since 1902. Some of its memorable winners include Bobby Jones, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard and Tampa's Gary Koch. Stanger is the second local this year to win a major event for Virginia. St. Petersburg's Danielle Collins won the Women's NCAA tennis singles earlier this summer.