Evan Beck exorcises past demons to win Coleman Invitational
27 Apr 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Coleman Invitational, Seminole Golf Club, Evan Beck Rankings

Evan Beck (George L. Coleman Invitational Photo)
Evan Beck (George L. Coleman Invitational Photo)

After finishing in solo second place the last two years, Evan Beck finally can say he is a champion at the George L. Coleman Invitational at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.

The final round was a tough day for scoring, with no golfers in the Mid-Amateur Division or the Senior Division shooting an under-par round. Beck, Matthew McClean, and Scott Harvey shot the best round of the day, a 3-over 75.

Beck finished 2-under to win by three shots over Matthew McClean after rounds of 68-71-75. Beck's 3-over 75 consisted of three birdies and six bogeys. 

McClean finished in solo second place at 1-over, and Scott Harvey finished in solo third place at 2-over. Bobby Wyatt finished in solo fourth place at 3-over, and Andrew Bailey and Brad Nurski finished T5 at 4-over.

Beck put together an impressive 2023 campaign, winning medalist honors at the Crump Cup, finishing T4, and recording a runner-up finish at the 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur to Stewart Hagestad. Hagestad also won the Crump Cup.

He has also finished in solo second place at this invitational in 2022 and 2023, and now he is the champion in 2024. 

McClean is ranked No. 1, and Beck is currently ranked No. 1 in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Amateur Rankings. McClean won the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur. 

In the senior division, 2023 U.S. Walker Cup captain Mike McCoy finished even par to win by four shots over R.J. Nakashian.

Mike McCoy

McCoy shot rounds of 69-69-78, but the final round 6-over 78 was enough to give him still the four-shot win.

Chip Lutz and Gene Elliott finished T3 at 5-over, and Rupert Kellock and Roger Newsom finished T5 at 6-over.

McCoy is currently ranked No. 8 in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Rankings

Seminole Golf Club is considered by some to be the best course ever designed by Donald Ross and is certainly one of the very best courses in the entire Southeast U.S.

The course's genius is in the routing, which brilliantly utilizes a pair of dune ridges beside the Atlantic Ocean, and in the greens, which are subtly contoured and very fast. This, combined with the ever-present wind, allows Seminole to hold up well against the best amateur players at the Coleman Invitational.

Results: Coleman Invitational
1VAEvan BeckVirginia Beach, VA50068-71-75=214
2Northern IrelandMatthew McCleanNorthern Ireland40067-75-75=217
3NCScott HarveyKernersville, NC30075-68-75=218
4ALBobby WyattMobile, AL30073-69-77=219
T5OHAndrew BaileyCleveland, OH30073-68-79=220

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ABOUT THE Coleman Invitational

One of the very best amateur events all year long played on the last great private course designed by Donald Ross. The course, not long by today's standards, lies hard by the Atlantic Ocean. Oceanic winds and very fast greens give this course teeth. Ben Hogan once said 'If you can play Seminole, you can play any course in the world.'

The tournament is a 54-hole stroke play invitational that draws an elite field of mid- amateurs and seniors.

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