Mansfield, TX (Aug. 11, 2013) – Sunday brought players back to the Walnut Creek Country Club Pecan Course for the final round of the 2013 North Amateur Championship presented by UST Mamiya. The field was met once again with clear skies, hot temperatures, and a difficult golf course.
Luke Neeley , a member at Walnut Creek, came into the final round at 5-under par and with a five shot lead. He had many great players behind him, but with his course knowledge, he had no intentions of letting anyone back into the picture. Neeley started the day with six straight pars before finishing out the front side with birdies on the 7th and 9th holes to turn in 2-under. He quickly made another birdie on the 10th to move to 3-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament. After pars on holes 11 through 14, Neeley made another birdie at the par-4 15th, but quickly gave it back with a bogey at the 16th. Looking to finish strong, Neeley made a par on the difficult 17th, and finished a fantastic week of golf with a birdie on the 18th to shoot a final round of 4-under par, 66. Neeley finished the championship with a 54-hole total of 9-under par, 201, and won by a commanding 10 shots. Neeley was the only player to finish under par for the championship, and his final round 66 was the low round of the week.
Finishing alone in second place was Colby Harwell of Robinson. Harwell entered the day five shots behind Neeley and was unable to make up any ground with only one birdie on his card for the final round. Harwell’s final round of 1-over par, 71, gave him a 54-hole total of 1-over par, 211. Finishing one shot behind Harwell and alone in third place was first round co-leader Brandon Scott. Scott had two birdies and three bogeys on the day to shoot 1-over for the round, and 2-over for the championship. Rounding out the top five are Mike Lohner of Southlake and Ted Waldrip of Arlington. Lohner fired one of the three under par rounds for Sunday shooting 2-under and moving him into a tie for 4th. Waldrip was unable to overcome four bogeys on his backside and shot 2-over for the final round.