Kip Webber had to fight off two things on his way to winning the Southeastern Amateur. First was the weather, which shortened the tournament from three rounds to two when Saturday was rained out. The other was a hard-charging senior, Don Reycroft, who in recent back-to-back weeks won the Massachusetts Senior Am and the inaugural Indian Summer Classic.
Webber was 3-under but had trouble finding the fairway on the inward nine. He fell to even par after 13, dropping three strokes after a bogey on 12 and a double bogey on 13. Meanwhile, Reycroft was finding his groove and brought the match close
“Kip played unbelievable golf on the front nine,” Reycroft told the Patriot Ledger. “He was really beginning to separate himself from the field. But then he lost a bit of his mojo, and we had about a five-shot swing. On my back nine, I was trying to focus on getting myself back to even par. On the 16th I hit my five-iron to within 30 feet, and then putted in for birdie. Kip had about a 15-footer, but it was actually tougher with the break he had. When he was able to follow up my big birdie putt with one of his own, that was huge. Kip played great today and deserved to win.”
Webber, a civil engineer and West Point grad, played in his first Southeastern Am last year, finishing fifth.
Reycroft won the Senior division title, making him one of the hottest golfers on the east coast with his third win in four weeks.
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