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Indiana Am: Barnes Prevails on Final Hole
26 Jun 2009
see also: Indiana Amateur Golf Championship, Elcona Country Club

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SOUTH BEND, IN (June 26, 2009)--The Indiana Amateur came down to the wire Friday, when Erik Barnes of Marion and Erich Johnston of Fort Wayne remained tied heading into 18. Barnes’ drive flew the water but landed in the fairway bunker, while Johnston found the middle of the fairway. Both players missed the green, but Barnes got his up-and-down for the title. “He played tough and It was hard to catch him at the end,” Barnes said of his competitor.

It was a battle between the two collegiate players all day. Barnes, a member of Austin Peay State University, took a five shot lead after the third hole, but Johnston, a Purdue player, fought back and closed the gap to one stroke by the turn. Barnes’ approach landed just shy of the woods on 10 where he carded a par, but Johnston was able to walk away with a birdie to tie it up. “You don’t want it to be like match play out there, you want to play your own game. But it was near impossible since nobody was really making a move,” Barnes explained.

At the par 3, hole 11 Johnston made a par and took the lead for the first time in the championship, but quickly lost it on the 12th after hitting into a bunker. The tough par-5, 15th hole gave Barnes some trouble and he doubled, while Johnston birdied to take a two shot lead with only two to play. Barnes quickly answered on 17 with a birdie, and Johnston’s short-sided chip cost him a bogey. With both at six under, it all came down to putting on the last green.

Barnes prevailed and won the tournament he led after each round by sinking his three-footer. “This is awesome, I can’t stop shaking,” he said.

Final results of the Indiana Amateur Championship, played June 23-26, 2009 at Rock Hollow Golf Club:

1 Erik Barnes, Marion, IN 67 71 68 76 282
2 Erich Johnston, Fort Wayne, IN 70 70 67 76 283
3 Andrew Varner, Marion, IN 74 74 66 70 284
4 Brad Smith, Peru, IN 72 72 73 69 286
T5 Kyle Perry, Bloomington, IN 71 72 70 74 287
T5 Skip Runnels, Richmond, IN 70 72 73 72 287
7 Eric Steger, Noblesville, IN 69 73 70 76 288
T8 Brian Harris, Kokomo, IN 71 73 73 72 289
T8 Richard Lamb, South Bend, IN 72 66 74 77 289
T10 Terry Werner, Dyer, IN 70 77 72 71 290
T10 Aaron Monson, Nineveh, IN 73 74 72 71 290
T10 Jonathan Balyeat, Fort Wayne, IN 69 73 69 79 290
T13 Tyler Duncan, Columbus, IN 72 72 73 74 291
T13 Adam Sumrall, South Bend, IN 72 73 71 75 291
15 Keith Blythe, DeCatur, IN 72 68 72 80 292
T16 Cole Turner, Marion, IN 74 73 76 70 293
T16 Jacob Bailey, Wanatah, IN 76 73 73 71 293
T16 Peter O'Neill, Carmel, IN 74 74 72 73 293
T16 Sam Till, Jr, Fort Wayne, IN 72 76 72 73 293
T16 Joe Mahurin, Noblesville, IN 76 75 67 75 293
T21 Jerry McMullen, Carmel, IN 71 72 75 76 294
T21 Randy Nichols, Brookville, IN 70 71 76 77 294
T21 Ben Mattingly, Fishers, IN 74 69 73 78 294
T24 Justin Tereshko, Madison, IN 72 75 78 70 295
T24 Jeff Smith, Indianapolis, IN 70 78 77 70 295
T24 Seth Fair, Brownsburg, IN 70 76 76 73 295
T24 Josh Brown, Fishers, IN 69 76 75 75 295
T24 Tony Lazzara, Carmel, IN 75 74 72 74 295
T24 Griffin Wood, Boonville, IN 72 74 73 76 295
T24 Tyler Zink, Lanesville, IN 70 73 75 77 295
T31 Chris Seibel, Indianapolis, IN 77 70 75 74 296
T31 Andrew Wegeng, Avon, IN 73 74 75 74 296
T31 Brad Gehl, Carmel, IN 76 72 74 74 296
T31 Christian Poling, Madison, IN 73 73 75 75 296
T31 Corey Ziedonis, Indianapolis, IN 68 77 72 79 296
T36 Ross Cosat, Carthage, IN 71 76 78 72 297
T36 Andrew Frandsen, Lebanon, IN 74 69 81 73 297
38 Timothy Fish, Franklin, IN 77 72 78 71 298
T39 Justin Imel, Markle, IN 77 74 73 75 299
T39 Adam A Vandercar, Crown Point, IN 76 73 74 76 299
T39 Tj Carpenter, Bourbon, IN 72 71 77 79 299
T39 Eric Skillman, Muncie, IN 75 73 68 83 299
T43 Jacob Yocum, Lafayette, IN 73 77 75 75 300
T43 Clarence Hardison, Indianapolis, IN 78 71 75 76 300
T43 Brooks Snyder, Williamsport, IN 76 71 75 78 300
T46 Nathan Wine, North Webster, IN 74 75 76 76 301
T46 Ross Reed, Anderson, IN 74 72 78 77 301
T48 Blair Webb, Avon, IN 76 74 77 75 302
T48 Joe Gasser, Muncie, IN 75 75 74 78 302
T50 Scott Hockemeyer, Indianapolis, IN 77 73 76 77 303
T50 Michael Salmon, La Porte, IN 76 74 75 78 303
T50 Mike Kemper, Greenwood, IN 75 71 74 83 303
T53 Adam Winans, LaGrange, IN 77 72 81 74 304
T53 Phillip Myers, Terre Haute, IN 76 73 71 84 304
T55 Luke Weber, North Vernon, IN 73 78 76 79 306
T55 David Erdy, Boonville, IN 78 73 72 83 306
57 Louis Gleixner, Greenwood, IN 72 79 78 78 307
58 Sean Toddy, Bloomington, IN 73 77 80 79 309
59 Chase Wagner, Bedford, IN 72 77 83 78 310
60 Cody Risser, Indianapolis, IN 73 73 82 83 311
61 Sean Jones, Indianapolis, IN 77 73 75 88 313
62 Rich Krzykowski, Santa Claus, IN 75 75 80 84 314
63 Nick Bennett, Bloomington, IN 76 73 85 81 315
64 John Parker, Velpen, IN 73 77 82 84 316
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