Barry Babbitt captures Eastern Amateur
Barry Babbitt <br>(Eastern Amateur Photo)
Barry Babbitt
(Eastern Amateur Photo)

PORTSMOUTH, VA (July 16, 2017) - Recent Rollins College graduate Barry Babbitt came from behind on the final day to finish 16-under and capture the 61st Eastern Amateur hosted by Elizabeth Manor Golf & CC.

Babbitt began the final round 11-under and two off the 54-hole pace set by Myles Creighton of Radford University but he quickly erased that deficit with a 3-under 32 on the front nine that included four birdies and just one bogey. The front nine birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 7 and 8 pushed Babbitt to 14-under and the lead.

Babbitt moved his tally to 15-under with a birdie on the 10th and then reached 16-under following his sixth and final birdie of the round on No. 13.

For the week Babbitt remarkably did most of his damage on the par-4's, playing the holes in 13-under.

Arizona State's Ryan Douglass matched the round of the day with a 6-under 64 to finish in second place at 14-under. Douglass got to 14-under after his sixth birdie of the day on the 14th hole but a double-bogey on the 15th proved costly as he birdied the 16th and 18th hole to end up two back.

54-hole leader Myles Creighton, from Canada, placed third at 13-under while Matt Murlick of Virginia and Virginia Brandon Yoon shared fourth at 12-under.

Results: Eastern Amateur
1FLBarry BabbittOrlando, FL50067-67-65-65=264
2VARyan DouglassLeesburg, VA40070-67-65-64=266
3CanadaMyles CreightonCanada30064-66-67-70=267
T4ILMatt MurlickWinnetka, IL30067-68-68-65=268
T4VABrandon YoonAshburn, VA30070-66-66-66=268

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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