Jerry Ledzinski goes low in final round to win Monterey City
MONTEREY, Calif. — Jerry Ledzinski, a 42-year-old mid-amateur player from Carmel, posted the lowest round of the tournament by three in Sunday's final round of the Monterey City Amateur to come from 5-shots behind and win by a single stroke.
Ledzinski shot 72-73 in the first two rounds at Del Monte Golf Course and trailed 36-hole leader Jim Knoll by five shots entering Sunday's finale. He carded a 65, six-under, and jumped a single stroke ahead of Knoll, the 2013 California Senior Amateur winner.
Knoll -- a true senior (age 55-plus) golfer who recently competed in the U.S. Senior Open -- opened up the tournament with a one-stroke lead thanks to a 68, then expanded the advantage to two with a one-over 72 on Saturday. And despite a solid 71 by Knoll to close, Ledzinski's stellar 7-under 65 proved to be just enough to complete the comeback.
After a recent practice round of 8-under 64 at The Preserve, Ledzinski told AmateuGolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski "Look out for me this year." The following week, he won his first NCGA tournament, The NCGA Masters. And following with another victory at Del Monte in the historic Monterey City means Ledzinski will vault well up the NCGA "Points List" with likely more 2015 success to follow.
Jonny Baxter and Will Cross tied for third place seven shots behind Knoll at five-over 218, while five players tied for fifth at 219.