RUMFORD, R.I. (June 22, 2013) -- Cory Whitsett sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to cap an amazing closing round 6-under 63 and capture the 52nd Northeast Amateur at Wannimoisett Country Club for what he termed his “biggest individual amateur victory.”
Whitsett, who just completed his junior year at Alabama, finished with a 10-under 266 total and won by two strokes over Bo Andrews, who was just as amazing over the final 18 holes with a 7-under 62.
Whitsett’s final round was the lowest shot by the winner the last day in the long and storied history of this world-class tournament.
Meanwhile, the 62 by Andrews, who will be a fifth-year senior at Georgia Tech, equaled this year’s low tournament round, was one-shot shy of the tournament record and the lowest final round ever in the competition.
“This has been a great month of golf for me and to cap it off with a win here is just phenomenal,” said Whitsett, who plans to head back home to Houston and take some time off. “This is my favorite tournament so that makes it even more special.
“And to be the champion in (Denny Glass’) last year as tournament chairman is the icing on the cake,” Whitsett said. “I’ve known Mr. Glass since I was 16 years old and have played in his Terra Cotta tournament (which Glass also chairs) three times (finishing second twice). This is my third time here so we’ve become good friends.”
Whitsett started the final round tied for second with Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, two strokes behind Rafael Becker of Brazil, who led or shared the lead in each of the first three rounds.
With a closing 1-under 68, Rodgers finished third at 5-under 271 while Becker struggled home with a 4-over 73 and placed fourth at 2-under 274.
Todd White, with a most impressive 4-under 65 finish, was the event’s low mid-amateur at 1-under 275, seven shots clear of fellow mid-ams Bobby Leopold and Mike McCoy. White tied for fifth with Wilson (72) and Max Homa (69).
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