Chicago District Am: Davan takes it home

WHEATON, Ill. (June 29, 2012) -- After 11 holes of the championship match at the 93rd CDGA Amateur Championship, Michael Davan of Hoopeston found himself leading 1-up over Moline's David Lawrence. Mother Nature interceded after the pair hit their tee shots on the 12th hole, delaying the match 2 hours and 40 minutes due to lightning and rain. Following the delay, Davan won three consecutive holes to open a 4-up lead which he would not relinquish en route to victory.

“I had a different situation yesterday with a delay,” Davan said. “Today, we were able to hit balls prior to heading out, so that helped.”

After winning the 12th hole, Davan knocked his tee shot on 13 to within 6 feet, carding a birdie to go 3-up. Another birdie at the 14th put Davan 4 up, and from there, the lead grew to as many as 6 through 19 holes, but never closer than 3.

“Going into the delay, I thought I was in a better position, but took a nap and it took me an hour and a half to wake up,” Lawrence joked following his runner-up finish.

The match started with each player carding a par on the first seven holes, with Davan finally breaking suit with a birdie on the 8th hole to take the lead. Lawrence would square the match with a par on the 10th hole of the match, but when he ended up in the fescue on 11, Davan capitalized, winning the hole with a par. From that point, he never relinquished the lead.

“Last year the CDGA Amateur was my first experience in match play and I lost in the first round,” Davan added. “After that, I had a plan and stuck to the process, stayed within myself, never got away from the plan and gave myself chances.”

The win was Davan's first in an amateur event, following victories in junior and collegiate events during his career at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Open to active CDGA members with an index 5.4 or below who have advanced through qualifying or meet exemption criteria. Format is 36-hole stroke play qualifying to determine the low 16 advancing to match play.

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