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Caparros takes one-shot lead as eagle highlights 68


Plantation American Heritage junior Kristian Caparros eagled the second hole on the way to a 68 and the lead entering the final round.

Special to the Miami Herald

Some golfers worry when they start a round playing really well that the ultimate ending is that the 18 holes will end up in disappointment.

Kristian Caparros, playing in the third round of the South Beach International Amateur on Saturday at Miami Beach Golf Club, started more than well — he started really, really well.

On the 360-yard second hole, Caparros, a 17-year-old junior at Plantation American Heritage High who is already committed to the University of Florida, hit a 281-yard drive, leaving him 79 yards from the pin.

He watched a playing partner hitting before him stick his shot just beyond the pin and have it spin back and lip out.

Caparros did him one better. He took his 56-degree wedge and put it in the hole. Eagle. Game, and tournament, on.

“It sort of pumped me up,” Caparros said of the eagle.

He finished with a 3-under-par 68 for a one-stroke lead in this amateur tournament that is in terms of quality ranked 25th, moving up rapidly in only its third year of existence.

“I’m just going out there in the final round to be steady and calm and relax,” Caparros said of Sunday’s fourth and deciding round. “What is meant to be is meant to be. I’m not going to worry. If I play my game, I should be able to come out on top.”

Caparros, always known as one of South Florida’s top amateurs at his young age, admitted this tournament has been a minor breakthrough.

“Nothing has been clicking lately,” he said. “This week, it is clicking.

“I love this course.”

Lurking one stroke back is England’s Greg Eason, who shot a 70 on Saturday for a 3-under 209 total.

In third place two strokes back is American Bryce Chaldkey with a 70-210, and Victor Perez of France is in fourth, another stroke back with a 71-211 total.

Caparros summed up his role in the tournament. “There will be bigger tournaments later on for me, but this one right now is pretty big to win.”

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