July 21, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – Is there a better way to celebrate a birthday than bagging your second tournament of the summer? UT Arlington sophomore Riley Fleming captured the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men's Amateur Championship on Friday, one day before his 20th birthday.
Riley, a winner of the Alberta Open last month, defended his Alberta Amateur title with a flurry of birdies in the final round. The flurry included a birdie on the final hole, his ninth of the day to complete a 5-under 67 at Sundre Golf Club to post a one-shot victory.
"I didn't like the thought of giving up my title," Fleming told the Calgary Herald. "I quite like being the Alberta (Amateur) champion, and (Friday) it all just worked in my favor and I played one of the best rounds I've ever played."
Fleming, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, shot 70-76-68-67 for a 5-under 281. Less than a month after becoming the first amateur to win the Alberta Open in eight years, Fleming made up a nine-stroke deficit on the last day of the Alberta Amateur.
"For him to win the Alberta Amateur and BC Amateur last summer, to win the Alberta Open this summer and to come back from nine shots back Friday to make nine birdies and shoot a course record to win by one – that is amazing," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "I'm very proud of him.
"This comeback tells Riley that he can come back and win. This will help him playing in our college events and one day with his professional career."
Fleming had a successful freshman season with the Mavericks, placing third on the team in scoring average (74.42) and with five top-20 finishes. Riley's best finish with fifth in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
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