Gregor Meyer (Pennsylvania Golf Association Photo)
finished 9-under to win the 110th Pennsylvania Amateur
at Pittsburgh Field Club in Pittsburgh, Penn., winning by three shots over the field.
Meyer started the final round with a one-shot lead over Tanner Grzegorczyk
and made four birdies in the first six holes to take a commanding lead and never look back. Meyer shot 4-under 67 in the final round. Meyer shot 68-69-67
Meyer birdied Nos. 2, 3, 5, and 6 to start the final round. He bogeyed No. 7 to fall back a shot but played the rest of the round at even par, which was good enough to never let the rest of the field into the championship.
"I hit it good, but I just wanted to hit it on the green and manage to make a few putts," Meyer said. "Luckily, my putter was hot all week, and my lag putting was good all week, and that definitely helped."
The High Point University golfer added, "I didn't hit it amazing, but I took advantage of the opportunities that I had."
Grzegorczyk finished T2 at 6-under with first-round leader William Pbast. Pbast got off to a hot start with a 6-under 65 and shot an impressive 5-under 66 in the final round, but a 5-over 76 in the second round was what took him out of the championship.
Course familiarity helped Meyer get off to a fast start in the final round.
"We played all of our high school matches there, and that front nine is the nine we played, so I had an idea of where the hard pins were," Meyer said about the course. "I knew where to hit it to give my putter a chance."
Meyer added, "I wanted to go as low as I could on the front nine and treat it like a nine-hole match in that regard."
Meyer was one of two golfers to shoot under par for all three of his rounds. He credited his putter and course knowledge for that.
"It was the putter and not short-siding myself," Meyer said. "The greens are pretty fast out there, and if you hit it to the wrong side of the hole, you can be in trouble. I just hit it to the fat parts of the green most of the time.
"There are some holes out there you can take advantage of, so I planned it out to make birdies on the same holes, and there were some bonuses in between those holes," Meyer said.
Conor McGrath finished T4 at 5-under, while Ricky Calve and Campbell Wolf finished T5 at 4-under.
ABOUT THE Pennsylvania Amateur
First played in 1909, the Pennsylvania Amateur is 54-
hole stroke play event open to any male amateur
golfer who is a member of a club belonging to the
Pennsylvania Golf Association. Non exempt players
must qualify through a sectional qualifying event a
month prior. There will be a cut to the low 40 and
after the second round.
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