Gallery: Ocala Open – Final Round – Blake Maum wins Ocala Open Golf Championship at Candler Hills

David Wicks of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. chips out of a bunker on the 8th hole during the final round of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills Golf Club in Ocala, Fla. on Friday, March 24, 2023. Blake Maum of Chattanooga, TN won the three round tournament with a six-under-par score on Friday and a combined 18-under-par score for the tournament. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2023.

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Posted March 24, 2023 | By Mark Pinson/Special to Ocala Gazette
Photos By Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette
OCALA – Blake Maum shot his third consecutive 65 to finish first at 18-under par in Friday’s final round of the 18th Annual Ocala Open Golf Championship at Candler Hills Golf Club.
The Ocala Open Golf Championship, which is part of the Florida Professional Golf Tour, attracted a field of 131 players who competed on the demanding 7,274 yard, par 71 Candler Hills layout.
Maum, from Chattanooga, Tenn., won $15,000 for his first-place finish in the three-day, 54-hole event. Nick Robillard finished second at 15 under after carding a final round 65. Robillard, from Birmingham, Ala., won $8,000.
There was a four-way tie for third place with Freddy D’Angelo, Maxwell Sear, Brian Richey and Michael Visacki all finishing at 13 under. Each of them earned $4,125 for their efforts.
Raj Ghosh , Van Holmgren and Thomas Giroux tied for seventh place at 12 under and collected $2,067 apiece.
There was a five-way tie for 10th place with Travis Trace, Joey Petronio, Moses Compaan, Kevin Hall and Trey Shirley finishing at 10 under and earning $1,250 each.
Maum birdied the first hole in Friday’s final round and added birdies at 6, 8 and 9 to shoot a 4-under 32 on the front nine. He made birdies on 12 and 17 for a back nine of 33 and a 6-under 65 to seal the victory.
There was a pro-am held on Tuesday and the event, with contributions from sponsors, raised $50,000 each for Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith.
“That was the most money we’ve raised for our charities in the tournament’s history,” said Candler Hills Golf Club Professional Denise Mullen.
The next event on the Florida Professional Golf Tour schedule is the Daytona Open which is set for April 1-2 at Daytona Beach Golf Club.
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