Riviera Open: Hoosier Keegan Bronnenberg wins by three after 16-under-par weekend

ORMOND BEACH — With grandparents in Port Orange, Indiana native Keegan Bronnenberg visited often enough as a youngster to become familiar with the area. Yet he’d never even heard of Riviera Country Club.

“I had no clue this place existed,” he said.

This past weekend, he met “The Riv” and became fast friends with the par-71 layout, shooting rounds of 61-65 to finish at 16 under and win the 62nd Riviera Open by three shots. The Florida Pro Golf Tour victory earned him $6,000.

Now?

"I’d say it’s one of the best courses around here. It’s something special,” Bronnenberg said, and why shouldn’t he? Just two missed greens and one bogey over 36 holes is a recipe for a great first impression.

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Keegan Bronnenberg
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“I’ve been close, I just needed that one round to get going,” Bronnenberg said.

Saturday’s 61 served as the jumpstart.

“Yeah, that was the one,” he said.

Bronnenberg’s 126 total was three shots better than Jacksonville’s Moses Compaan (64-65). Michael Visacki, Ben Pirro and former PGA Tour golfer Brian Davis tied for third at 12 under.

The top local finishers tied for 11th at 9 under — Port Orange’s Rod Perry, former Bethune-Cookman standout Willie Mack III, and amateur Tyler Gulliksen, from Mainland High, the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Volusia County Amateur champion.

Bronnenberg, a Muncie native, played college golf at Ball State in his hometown before transferring south for his final two years at the University of Indianapolis, where he won the 2021 Division II individual national championship.

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He plans to return to Indiana soon for the rest of the month before coming back to Florida in January to begin a 2023 season of mini-tours, occasional Monday qualifiers and eventually his second crack at the PGA Tour qualifying school.

He hopes one particular club returns from the Christmas break in its current form.

“I picked my targets well,” he said, “but the putter … first time in a while the putter has been on.”

Among other locals in the field, Keith Greene finished at 6 under, Kevin Aylwin at 5 under, and Matt Every at 4 under.

The Florida Tour, which runs into next April, returns to the area in early February for another longtime staple, the 58th annual Indian River Open at New Smyrna Beach Golf Club.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Fla. Golf Tour: Hoosier Keegan Bronnenberg wins Riviera Open by three