RICHMOND, Va. — Lakeside member Ted Dougherty sank a 12-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 final hole at Jefferson-Lakeside Country Club Saturday to win the Richmond Mid-Amateur Championship.
Dougherty posted a 3-under-par 68 in the final round for a 36-hole total of 4-under 138, two strokes better than first-round leader Jordan Utley, the 2013 Mid-Amateur champion, who shot 73-140.
The lead changed hands several times through the back nine. Ted birdied 10 to get within two, and his birdie on 11 combined with Jordan’s bogey tied things up. Jordan lost the lead for the first time with a bogey on 12. On the par-3 15th, Dougherty left his tee shot short and pitched to eight feet while Jordan had stuck his approach inside 10 feet. Jordan missed, and Ted made his to preserve his lead.
On 16, Dougherty drove left and had to pitch out. Although he got that up and down, Utley made birdie from 10 feet to square things up again. A missed approach on 17 cost Ted a bogey and Jordan’s par gave him a one-shot lead heading to 18.
Utley drove left and his approach found a tough lie near the left bunker. Dougherty drove in the right rough but only had wedge to the green, which he hit to 12 feet. Jordan dumped his third into the bunker, then blasted out to 10 feet. Needing the putt to close things out, Dougherty gutted it.
Jordan's reaction? Applause.
Tom Vlahakis, the 2005 Mid-Amateur champion, finished third (70-143), and reigning RGA Men’s Amateur champion Scott Reisenweaver was fourth (74-144).
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