Sugar Grove, Illinois | Dawson Armstrong won the Western Amateur in the most dramatic fashion in memory.
The 19-year-old Tennessean holed a 50-foot bunker shot for eagle on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Saturday to defeat Aaron Wise and capture the championship’s 113th edition.
After Armstrong’s stunning shot from the sand fronting the par-5 second hole at Rich Harvest Farms. Wise missed a 25-foot putt to match Armstrong’s 3. Upon realizing victory Armstrong fell into the arms of his father, Dale Armstrong, a former mini-tour player who caddied for his son during the championship’s two-day match-play segment.
Wise had an opportunity to win Saturday afternoon’s back-and-forth struggle when he got up and down for par out of a greenside bunker at the 17th hole to go 1 up as Armstrong bogeyed.
Wise appeared ready to close out the match when he hit his second shot on the par-5 18th a few inches onto the back fringe moments after Armstrong’s second landed in the fringe right of the green about 90 feet away.
But Armstrong putted from the fringe to 4 feet, grazing the hole. Wise’s 25-foot uphill putt died at the top of a ridge 8 feet from the hole, leaving him a grinding downhiller that he slid 2 feet past. He lost the hole, sending the match to overtime….READ FULL ARTICLE HERE