BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (June 20, 2013) — Tyler McDaniel refused to let up on the gas in the final round of the 2013 Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Bowling Green Country Club on Thursday, June 20. With a three shot lead to begin the day, McDaniel birdied three of his first four holes and birdied #12 and #14 to become the youngest Amateur Champion with a final round 68 and a victory margin of six shots. After the round, when asked what the win meant to him, the 17 year old from Manchester smiled and said he genuinely had no idea. The magnitude of his accomplishment had not even sunken in yet. He was happy with his play and found Bowling Green Country Club to be in great shape and the greens to be more receptive than normal.
The 2011 and 2012 Champion, Patrick Newcomb of Benton finished 2nd with a final round 69. Newcomb birdied three of his last five holes to hold off a hard charging Matthew Zakutney, of Paducah, who fired the low round of the day (67) to finish third. Newcomb reflected after his round saying that he felt he lost tournament with a difficult round on Wednesday. He explained he shot the same scores he did to win the last two Championships and the young McDaniel played beautifully over three rounds to become a very deserving Champion.
McDaniel cleaned up in other areas as well, being recognized as the player with the lowest second round score, the low junior finisher in the field (Colonel Lee Read Award) and the low public links finisher (Uncle Joe Dickson Award). Clay Hinton of Elizabethtown was recognized for having the low first round score, as was Zakutney for his final round. Steve Humphrey of Lexington was recognized as the low senior finisher in the field (Herrald Kirkpatrick Award).
A special thank you to Bowling Green Country Club, our Kentucky Golf Association volunteer staff and all of the participants of this wonderful Championship. We look forward to seeing everyone for the 2014 Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Cherry Blossom in Georgetown.
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