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Surtani goes wire-to-wire at Northern Amateur
Nels Surtani (Purdue Athletics photo)
Nels Surtani (Purdue Athletics photo)

Nels Surtani, a rising junior at Purdue, won the Northern Amateur held at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind. on Friday.

Surtani led the tournament from start to finish, totaling a 36-hole total of 6-under par 210 (68-72-70) on the par-72 layout. Surtani edged Ohio State's JonErik Alford and Indiana's Mitch Davis by three shots for the title.

Surtani led by two shots after Wednesday's opening 18 holes, firing a 4-under par 68 to hold the advantage. He would shoot an even-par 72 on Thursday to enter today's final round in a tie with Davis at 4-under par. Through nine holes on Friday, the two remained tied at 5-under par, before Surtani played his back nine in 1-under par while Davis played it in 2-over par.

Davis would take a one-shot lead with a birdie on 10, moving him to 6-under par, but a David double-bogey on 12 dropped him one off the pace. Surtani then went up three shots with just five holes to play with a birdie on 13, while Davis bogeyed. Surtani would par the remaining five holes for his first amateur victory.

Surtani's victory at the Northern Amateur continues a string of strong showings by Purdue players this summer. In June, Luke Prall captured the Indiana Amateur while Kent Hsiao won the Sizzler Amateur. Teammates Herman Sekne, Andrew Farraye and Benjamin Cai all qualified out of local qualifying into regional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and Peyton Snoeberger has qualified for the U.S. Amateur.

Purdue Athletic Communications contributed to this report.

Results: Northern Amateur
1INNels SurtaniNoblesville, IN40068-72-70=210
T2GAJonErik AlfordRoswell, GA30072-71-70=213
T2INMitch DavisValparaiso, IN30072-68-73=213
T4MODawson MeekSpringfield, MO20073-73-68=214
T4TXMatthew GriggsProsper, TX20072-69-73=214

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Popular national amateur tournament played from 1967-2001 (with a solid list of past champions) returned to the schedule in 2011. 54-hole stroke play championship with a field of 96 players. Par-3 contest held after round 1.

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