Gordon Sargent sets scoring record at Alabama State Amateur
Gordon Sargent (Alabama Golf Association)
As the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes quickly approaches, Gordon Sargent seems as though he’s more than prepared.
Sargent, a Vanderbilt commit for the 2021 class, took over the final three rounds of the104th Alabama State Amateur Championship. Carding rounds of 69-66-64-65 (-24), Sargent shattered the tournament scoring record by six shots (264). The previous scoring record of 270 was set back in 2018 by Matt Lorenz at Pine Tree Country Club.
At 17-years-old Sargent is the youngest winner of the even in the modern era. After holing 10 birdies and making two of his four bogeys on the week en route to a third-round 64, he took a four-stroke lead into Saturday’s final round at Saughahatchee Country Club over Alabama-Birmingham’s Drew Mathers.
Maybe more impressive than Sargent’s performance this week was the depth of the Alabama Amateur field. South Alabama junior Jacob LeCroy also broke the scoring record posted by Lorenz in 2018 with a 269. Shooting a third round 63, LeCroy had an opportunity to keep Sargent in his crosshairs. Unfortunately for LeCroy, his record-breaking performance was not enough this week as he came up five shots short of Sargent, securing a solo second-place finish despite shooting a 65 on Saturday.
“I wasn’t trying to sit back and let him take it,” LeCroy told the Alabama Golf Association. “But he did. I broke the total, but he shattered it. He is the best golfer I’ve played with in a long time, and he’s on his way up.”
Mathers also had high praise for Sargent.
“Today, there was no catching Gordon,” Mathers said. “I would’ve had to shoot 60 to beat him by one overall. Hats off to him.”
As for Sargent himself, he’s definitely ready to get things going at Bandon.
“It’s nice to put it all together and make some birdies,” Sargent said. “This gives me major momentum heading into the U.S. Amateur.”
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