Bryce Lewis holds on to win Sunnehanna Amateur
18 Jun 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Sunnehanna Amateur, Sunnehanna Country Club, Bryce Lewis Rankings

Bryce Lewis (Courtesy of Sunnehanna Amateur)
Bryce Lewis (Courtesy of Sunnehanna Amateur)

Bryce Lewis completed a wire-to-wire victory at the 69th playing of the Sunnehanna Amateur on Saturday and carved out a little piece of history along the way.

Lewis, who plays collegiately at Tennessee, survived a final round 75 to finish at 5-under par to earn a one-shot victory over Kelly Chinn and Maxwell Ford in the first of seven events in the Elite Amateur Series.

Lewis' victory gives him an early leg up in the Elite Amateur Series points race, which is ladened with incentives for the top-five finishers such as an exemption for the 2022 U.S. Amateur and the 2023 U.S. Open Final Qualifying. They will also earn exemptions into the PGA TOUR's Butterfield Bermuda Championship (Oct. 28-31) and select Korn Ferry Tour events.

Lewis took control of the tournament from day one after carding an impressive 6-under round of 64 on Wednesday. He entered the final round enjoying a three-stroke lead at 10-under par which proved to be just enough of a cushion to withstand a closing 75 on Saturday.

A bogey-bogey start gave hope to his closest pursuers, namely Chinn and Ford who play collegiately at Duke and Georgia, respectively. With Lewis struggling, Chinn and Ford closed within a stroke, but a clutch two-putt par save on 18 delivered the Hendersonville, Tenn. native the biggest win of his amateur career.

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Future Elite Amateur Series Events
Northeast Amateur (June 22-25; Wannamoisett Country Club, Rumford, RI)
• North and South Amateur (June 26-July 2; Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Pinehurst, NC)
• Trans-Mississippi Amateur (July 6-9; Denver Country Club, Denver, Colo.)
• Southern Amateur (July 13-16; Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island, Ga.)
• Pacific Coast Amateur (July 19-22; Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.)
• Western Amateur (Aug. 1-6; Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, Ill.)

Results: Sunnehanna Amateur
1TNBryce LewisHendersonville, TN120064-70-66-75=275
T2VAKelly ChinnGreat Falls, VA90067-68-71-70=276
T2GAMaxwell FordPeachtree Corners, GA90070-67-67-72=276
T4CAJackson RiveraRancho Sante Fe, CA70067-73-70-67=277
T4PAMark GoetzGreensburg, PA70068-71-69-69=277

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ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur

The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in July of 1954 -- it was the first country club sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for amateurs in the United States. The tournament is played on a classic A.W. Tillinghast design. Only one other amateur tournament in the United States can list the likes of Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rickie Fowler as contestants: the United States Amateur. Its medal play format has been emulated by countless amateur tournaments across the country.

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