Evan Beck wins the George C. Thomas in a playoff
29 Jun 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

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Evan Beck (Los Angeles Country Club Photo)
Evan Beck (Los Angeles Country Club Photo)

Evan Beck, the 2022 George C. Thomas Invitational champion, conquered Los Angeles Country Club again to win the prestigious invitational.

Beck, who also won the 2024 George L. Coleman, the 2021 and 2022 Eastern Amateur, and finished runner-up at the 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur, shot 1-under to tie Will Davenport at the top of the leaderboard, forcing a three-hole aggregate playoff on holes No. 1, 2, and 9 to crown a champion.

Beck forced the playoff by walking in a nine-foot putt for par on No. 18.

Both players made pars on Nos. 1 and 2, capped off by a miracle chip-in by Beck, and a tight approach on the par-3 No. 9 gave Beck a birdie and the win.

He is currently ranked No. 6 in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Amateur Rankings

Drew Kittleson finished in solo third place at 2-over, and Hayes Brown and Taylor Wood finished T4 at 4-over to round out the top five.

In the Senior Division, Robert Gerwin took home the title at 5-over with rounds of 71-70-74.

Gerwin entered the final round at 1-over and three shots ahead of the field, and his 4-over 74 final round was good enough to hold onto the lead.

Daniel Sullivan finished in solo second place at 7-over, and Bryan Norton finished in solo third place at 11-over.

1VAEvan BeckVirginia Beach, VA30069-70-70=209
2FLWill DavenportPalm City, FL20070-71-68=209
3AZDrew KittlesonScottsdale, AZ10068-71-73=212
T4CATaylor WoodCoto de Caza, CA10074-71-69=214
T4NCHayes BrownCharlotte, NC10066-77-71=214

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54-hole stroke play invitational with Mid-Am and Senior divisions is named for George C. Thomas, Jr., the legendary golf course architect who designed the courses for Bel-Air Country Club, The Los Angeles Country Club, Riviera Country Club and others in the 1920s. Thomas was a prominent rose breeder on the East Coast before gaining fame as a golf course designer. Los Angeles Country Club was the host of the 2017 Walker Cup.

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