LEESBURG, IN (August 12, 2016) -- For 17 holes in
today’s final round of the Indian Mid-Amateur it
appeared as though Brett Widner was going to become
only the second player in IGA history to win three Mid-
Amateur Championships. After posting an opening
round 71, Widner carded six birdies through the first 14
holes to pull away from what started out as a very
congested final round leaderboard.
While Widner was making his first bogey of the day
on the difficult 388-yard 16th hole, Greenwood’s Sean
Rowen was rolling in an eagle putt on the 14th
hole to pull within two shots of the lead.
“I hit it great all day,” Rowen said. “I just really
struggled to make anything until the eagle on 14.”
Widner rebounded from the bogey to par the 17th
and entered the final hole with a two shot lead. After
pulling his drive into the left trees, Widner attempted to
punch a shot out in front of the green. It came out long
and after catching a paved cart path ended up out of
bounds. The result was a triple bogey, seven and an
open door for Rowen.
“I played the right shot on 18 but just got a bad
break,” Rowen said. “It’s always fun to be in the
The opening was all Rowen needed as he parred
the final four holes to capture his second Mid-Amateur
“I saw Brett was playing great all day,” Rowen said.
“I just tried to hang around all day and sometimes good
things happen when you hang around. I do feel sorry
Rowen and Widner will be part of the Indiana Golf
Association Team that will compete in the USGA Team
Championship in September. Rowen left after the
awards ceremony for Oakland Hills Country Club in
Bloomfield Hills, Mich. where he will represent Indiana
in the US Amateur Championship. It was Rowen’s
fourth IGA Title of the year and gives him a
commanding lead in his quest for a third straight John K
David IGA Player of the Year Award.
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