FSU KA Wins First Amateur Golf Tournament
Flint Bekkers (Gamma Eta–Florida State ’18) competed in the FSGA Summer Am Series hosted Florida State Golf Association’s Summer Amateur Series. Held July 20th and 21st at the Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, Flint outperformed the 47 other golfers with a total score of 143, marking his first win as an amateur.
A multi-sport athlete in high school playing basketball and baseball, Flint admits he did not focus on golf as much as he wanted. When COVID-19 began to spread, Flint wanted to build his golf résumé.
“I played golf for my high school but also played basketball and baseball and never focused solely on golf,” Flint said, “but once COVID happened and FSU opened their new golf course simultaneously it reignited my love for the game and I have been working harder than ever spending around 60-70 hours a week at the course from mid-April until school just started back.”
All of the additional practice made a difference when Flint won another amateur tournament, the Tallahassee Springtime invitational at Capital City Country Club. Additionally, he has been able to cut down his handicap from .04 to a +4.0 and received entry into his first “national” amateur event, the St. Augustine Amature in October.
Flint has received an overwhelming amount of support from his chapter brothers. “They ask me every day how’d you play today, or how’s golf going every time I see them,” he noted. “I even have a few brothers call me after every tournament round to see how I played and to cheer me on which has been amazing so I’m very thankful for all the guys here for that.”
Although with classes resuming and having to scale back on practice, Flint is looking forward to working hard and hopefully land on a golf team for his final year of college.
“Ideally, I would love to play here for Florida State but I am open to other options due to their pretty strict “no walk-on” policy here,” Flint said. “I’m very excited to see my progress so far but know I still have a lot more potential to uncover.”