Nick Nosewicz (left) (Photo by CGA)
AURORA, Colo. — Nick Nosewicz of Meadow Hills Golf Course struck a blow for mid-amateur golfers on Friday by becoming the oldest winner of the Colorado Match Play Championship since 1994.
Nosewicz, 31, never trailed in the 36-hole final of the 115th Match Play, defeating Connor Klein of Lone Tree Golf Club 4 and 3 for the title at CommonGround Golf Course.
The last golfer older than Nosewicz when he won the CGA Match Play was Mark Crabtree, who was 38 when he prevailed in the event for the fourth time in 1994. Crabtree has since been inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.
On Friday, Nosewicz won his fifth match in three days by beating the 21-year-old Klein, the reigning national Division II junior college individual champion.
Nosewicz, who regained his amateur status after being a pro, won the CGA title a summer after finishing runner-up in the CGA Stroke Play.
A member of a well-known golfing family in Colorado -- his grandfather, Ed Nosewicz Sr., is in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame -- Nick Nosewicz built a huge lead and then held Klein at bay.
Nosewicz was 7 up through 16 holes before Klein won four straight (18 through 21) -- three of them with birdies -- to cut the deficit to a manageable 3 down. Klein wouldn't get any closer during the second 18, but did get back to 3 down with a 16-foot birdie on the 32nd hole.
But Nosewicz closed out the match with a 3 1/2-foot par putt on the next hole as Klein had to blast out of a fairway bunker and missed a 9-foot par putt that would have prolonged the contest.
Nosewicz finished the day 1 under par for 33 holes.
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