Mid Atlantic Am: Kelly Chinn hangs on for win
Kelly Chinn (USGA)
Sleeping on the lead, class of 2021 Duke commit Kelly Chinn continued playing the golf that got him into contention.
Chinn had a three-way share of the lead on Friday following an opening 3-under 67. Staying put following a second round even-oar 70, Chinn got to work as he looked to maintain and grow a two stroke lead.
Kicking off his final round with a 4-under 31, Chinn looked as though he would run away with the tournament. Making the turn at five under for the championship, Chinn made his first mistake of the round with a bogey on the par-4 10th. Carding another bogey on No. 14, Chinn was needing all four of his front nine birdies heading down the stretch.
Scraping a shot back off the board with a birdie on the subsequent par-4 15th, Chinn took a double-bogey on No. 17 before closing out the tournament with another bogey on No. 18 to go even on the day with a 70 and three under for the championship.
In front of Chinn, fellow AJGA-er Jake Griffin (Penn State commit) and Maryland senior Peter Knade were consistent in their efforts to track down the future Blue Devil but were unable to get anything rolling as they mirrored each other with rounds of 71 and split a share of second place at 1-over 211 for the tournament.
Chinn, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA rankings, cleared the field by four shots to take home the title as he inches closer to beginning his collegiate career in Durham, North Carolina next fall.
ABOUT THE Middle Atlantic Amateur
54-hole stroke play championship. The field is cut to
the low 60 scores and ties after round two. Open to
members of member clubs of the Middle Atlantic
Association, and by invitation.
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