ROCKVILLE, Md. (Sept. 25, 2011) -- Jake An will long remember his final tournament as an amateur golfer, as he protected a two-stroke lead and won the 105th Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md., September 25. An, from Centreville, Va., fashioned rounds of 72-71-69-71 for 283.
Will Collins (70), Salisbury, N.C., and Steven Delmar, Jr. (71), Olney, Md., tied for second at 285. Play on a mild, overcast day was over a 7,003-yard course to a par of 72 (288).
The top three players were in the final group of three, but after An started birdie-par-birdie, Delmar was four behind and Collins, five. No one else in the 49-man field finished within five strokes of Collins and Delmar. An went on to bogey the ninth for 35, then had three birdies, three pars, and three bogeys as he managed to hold the round together on the back nine.
"Two missed fairways and a bad chip led to the bogeys," the winner, 22, said. "You have to hit it in the fairway or you're in trouble. Overall, my putting was the key. I was O.K. tee to green and made the putts when I had to."
An had a good Junior career, but had not played much tournament golf lately. He's getting back into it, though, and, "as you get older, you learn to manage your game better," he said. "You just try to play the course and not worry about the other players." He expects to turn pro this fall and will try to play in some minor tour events during the winter.
Collins posted rounds of 75-69-71-70, and Delmar, 70-73-71-71. Blair Kennedy, from Baltimore, had the low round on the first day, 69; Collins the second day, 69; An the third day, 69, and Collins, Alex Church, Timonium, Md., and James Jaworski, Ijamsville, Md., had 70's the final day.
Connor Flach, Ellicott City, Md., was the low Schoolboy with 75-77-79-73--304. He is a junior at Centennial High School in Columbia. Two other Juniors put up solid efforts, as Church had four birdies in his closing 70, and Matt Oshrine, from Baltimore, dipped three under par through the first six holes and went on to total six birdies in a 71. Andrew McCain, a high school senior who recently moved with his family from Windsor in Queensland, Australia, to Minneapolis, also had am impressive performance, as he had 73-71-74-73--29l, and finished fifth.
Just ahead of him was Northern Virginia standout Scott Shingler, current Washington Metropolitan Amateur and Virginia State Amateur champion, rallied with a final-round 71, but he was too far back (75-70-74 after 54 holes) and totaled 290.