Gio Swann of Lauderhill, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, won the recent Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championship.
Swann battled hundreds of competitors and shot a combined 230 over the three-day contest to come away with the Palmer Flight title.
Swann won by four strokes in a rain-shortened 54-hole tournament after shooting 74-75-81.
Swann’s 2010 season has been impressive. He has won four of the nine events he has played in, never finishing below fifth. Most notably, he won the Palmetto Dunes Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes-Robert Trent Jones Course in March and the TPC Sawgrass Open Major at TPC at the Sawgrass Stadium Course in July.
The Golf Channel Amateur Tour, the largest of its kind in North America, is a series of tournaments in which amateurs of any skill level can compete in events that are run similar to those of the PGA tour.
More than 900 players competed for the rare chance play on the legendary TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Players Championship, according to a Golf Channel release announcing Swann’s victory. Thousands of players battled all year for the opportunity to qualify.
In all, the Golf Channel Am Tour crowned 12 national champions from among a record 920 amateur golfers from throughout North America who converged upon four Jacksonville area golf courses to compete in the championships.