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Brennan is Youngest Ever Middle Atlantic Amateur Champion
LORTON, VA (September 24, 2017) - Michael Brennan could be excused for wanting to take Laurel Hill Golf Club’s 18th hole home with him after he birdied it twice within a half-hour of each other — regulation and one-hole playoff — to win the 111th Middle Atlantic Amateur on a sunny, warm fall day, September 24. In the process, the 15-year-old became the tournament’s youngest champion, surpassing 2013 winner Mark Lawrence, who was 16.

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While 15-year-olds Brennan and Gordan Brixi (this year’s youngest entry), along with Kevin Johnson, 17, of Bethesda, were around the lead all week, it was Scott Shingler, 45, from Haymarket, Va., who crashed the teenagers’ party. Brennan and Shingler closed with 2-under-par 69’s to send the event overtime.

They had started the final tied at 210, four shots behind leader Brixi, but that margin was gone after nine holes and Brixi was gone after he double-bogeyed 13 and bogeyed 14.

Shingler, just off the pace earlier with three straight 70’s, stayed in contention by going 1-under par through nine, then used birdies at 15-16 (while Brennan was making bogey at 14 and 16) to forge a two stroke lead.

The two-stroke gap was erased on the 562-yard 18th, however, as Brennan made birdie and Shingler, bogey. They played 18 again and Shingler was in trouble after driving into a bunker and then, when his foot slipped, into a hazard. By the time he reached the green, Brennan had hit drive, played it safe with an approach shot, and struck a 93-yard 56-degree wedge shot to a foot of the cup to set up a tap-in for the victory.

“At 18 the first time, I knew I had to make birdie,” Brennan said. “I hit driver, 3-wood and almost made the [eagle] putt. The second time, he hit a good shot to the green and, again, I knew I had to make birdie. Overall, I was pretty aggressive, especially at the start. I wanted to be within two at the turn and as it worked out, we were tied. I hit some quality shots to greens and took advantage of them.” For the front nine, he got into the game by hitting all nine greens and taking 14 putts.

On Monday, it will be back to Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, where he is a sophomore, “I missed three days last week and have State High School [golf] regionals Tuesday, so I’ll have a lot of work to make up,” said the winner, with a boyish grin.
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72-hole stroke play championship. Open to members of member clubs and by invitation.

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Results For Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship
1VAMichael BrennanLeesburg, VA30069-67-74-69=279
2VAScott ShinglerHaymarket, VA20070-70-70-69=279
3MDGordan BrixiPotomac, MD10072-67-67-76=282
4VAMatthew FeinsteinMcLean, VA10070-73-71-70=284
5MDParker WilliamsBethesda, MD10077-71-71-68=287

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