Trent Phillips experienced performed a continual round as a result of eight holes on the final day of the 68th Sunnehanna Newbie Tournament for Champions, but the University of Georgia golfer nonetheless experienced dropped two strokes on a cloudy and great Saturday afternoon.
“Believe it or not, I did not pass up a fairway currently,” Phillips stated after his robust finish resulted in a 9-underneath 271 in the tournament and attained him the inexperienced jacket as champion.
“I was 2-above by 8 and I virtually did not skip a shot,” Phillips stated. “It goes to clearly show you this golf system has some enamel and it showed it now, particularly with the soft greens.”
In his fourth Sunnehanna Amateur visual appeal, Phillips, of Inman, South Carolina, confirmed take care of and endurance to end his spherical at 2-beneath-par 68. Plus, he experienced a raise from one of his most loved objects on the menu at the smaller concession stand situated concerning the ninth and 10th holes at the par-70 Sunnehanna Region Club.
Phillips thanked his father, the Sunnehanna Novice committee and his host relatives all through the trophy presentation on the 18th inexperienced. He saved just one excess phrase of appreciation.
“The lady in the ‘ugly dog’ stand,” Phillips explained to laughter as he tackled the gallery. “She labored actually tough and I experienced about 3 of people just about every time I made the turn.”
Phillips described the “unpleasant pet dogs” as a hamburger formed like a incredibly hot pet.
“She created at minimum 20 for me this 7 days,” Phillips stated. “Every transform, I experienced two at minimum.”
What ever will work. Coincidentally, Phillips experienced three of his 5 birdies on the back 9 in the last spherical – Nos. 11, 12 and 13.
Phillips (69-68-66-68) held off a demand by Duke University’s Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Washington.
Siebers manufactured birdie putts on four of his initially five holes in the last round and extra 3 more birdies on 11, 12 and 15. He bogeyed 2 and 7.
His 5-less than 65 set Siebers at 8-under 272, in 2nd location.
“I received some putts to fall early and I think that seriously fueled me the rest of the way,” Siebers said. “I’m happy to be in a position to perform nicely, even although I came up just quick.”
Siebers commenced Saturday at 3-beneath in general and four strokes off 3rd-round chief Phillips’ pace.
Siebers said he recognized he was in rivalry “somewhere around the change, or even before than that.”
He reported: “I birdied 4 of the very first 5, and I understood at that position I was ideally going to have a opportunity to get by the conclusion of the round. I continued to just adhere with the activity system, shot by shot, and ideally make a couple birdies on the again, like I did.”
Very last year’s runner-up, Travis Vick, completed third at 7-under 273. The College of Texas player from Houston had a bogey-free of charge remaining spherical with birdies on 8, 11, 16 and 17 to shoot 4-under 66.
Oklahoma Condition golfer Leo Oyo of Tokyo, Japan, and Notre Dame University’s Palmer Jackson of Murrysville concluded tied for fourth at 6-beneath 274.
Oyo experienced 5 birdies and an eagle on No. 11 as perfectly as a bogey on his next gap.
Jackson experienced an early bogey on No. 2, but bounced back with a birdie on 3. A double bogey on the par-3, 168-property No. 10 damage, but the Franklin Regional Large Faculty graduate recovered with birdies on 11, 12, 13 and 16 to get to 6-less than.
A whole of 100 golfers competed in the Newbie. After Friday’s slash, 53 players participated in the final round.
“Experience out right here is substantial,” Phillips claimed when requested how his a few prior appearances at Sunnehanna served him. “I truly very question a lot of 1st-timers occur in this article and gain. It is just just one of these golfing courses you’ve received to know where to hit it. It’s 6,400 yards and it looks extremely eye-opening and uncomplicated to assault. But, man, when you get on the greens, it’s something else.
“Experience surely played a massive position for me this 7 days, especially realizing as soon as you make the change there are some birdie holes you truly have to choose benefit of, – and I did that now.”
Mike Mastovich is a athletics reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5083. Comply with him on Twitter @Masty81.