Justin Suh goes wire-to-wire to win Northeast Amateur
Rising USC senior Justin Suh was a wire-to-wire winner this week
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RUMFORD, RI (June 23, 2018) - The week of the 57th Northeast Amateur belonged to Justin Suh. Beginning the final round at Wannamoisett Country Club with a three shot lead Suh closed in 3-under 66 and after a slow start the USC rising senior pulled away late in the day to finish 15-under and as the six shot victor.
With rain forecasted for later in the day and temperatures just in the 60's Suh took the course early Saturday morning and got off to a strong start with a birdie on the opening hole to extend his lead. However, the fourth ranked player in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Rankings gave some ground back with two bogeys over the course of the next four holes.
The stretch of bogeys ultimately didn't cost all that much as the rest of the field struggled to gain crowd on the wire-to-wire winner, allowing Suh time to regain his form which he did a big way late in the tournament. Suh, a five-time winner as a junior for the Trojans, began his closing charge with a birdie on No. 8 before adding additional birdies on the 10th, 14th and 17th.
Overall for the week Suh, who posted rounds of 63-65-67-66, played the second nine in 10-under with 11 birdies and only one bogey.
Cal's Sebastian Crampton finished second at 9-under. Crampton was seven shots back after an opening round even-par 69 before shooting three consecutive 3-under 66's to close out his week.
Vanderbilt's Will Gordon couldn't get anything going on Saturday carding a 2-over 71 to finish 6-under in third while LSU's Luis Gagne, the co-low amateur at the U.S. Open, and Davis Shore of Alabama shared fourth at 5-under.
Last weeks co-low amateur Matt Parziale earned low mid-amateur honors with an even-par week that put him in a tie for 15th while defending champion Collin Morikawa of Cal was part of a tie for 21st with a 1-over showing.
ABOUT THE Northeast Amateur
The Northeast Amateur has a historic list of winners,
including Ben Crenshaw, Dustin Johnson, Collin
Scott Hoch, John Cook, Hal Sutton, and David Duval.
has been annually held at the Donald Ross-designed
Wannamoisett Country Club since 1962. The event
limited to 90 elite players; there is a cut after 54
and the entire tournament is played in twosomes.
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