NAPLES, Fla. — Caleb Surratt had made simply two bogeys and a double bogey in 47 holes of the twenty fifth Terra Cotta Invitational introduced by Workday.
But bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15 dropped him right into a tie with Maxwell Ford with three holes to play.
Surratt, a 17-year-old headed to Tennessee, and Ford, an 18-year-old going to Georgia, struggled over the following couple of holes, and when Ford left a 40-foot birdie putt 10 toes brief on No. 17 and missed it, Surratt carried a one-shot result in the ultimate gap at Naples National Golf Club on Sunday.
Surratt completed in fashion, draining a 15-foot birdie putt to win by two.
“It was definitely a tough finish for all of us — the wind started getting up,” Surratt stated. “It’s a great finish with a birdie on 18; it felt really good. I’ve been working really hard for a long time and been close a lot of times, and it feels great to finally get it done.”
Ford made one other bogey, so Surratt ended up with a two-shot victory at 3-under 213.
“Being tied with three holes and two holes to go, you can’t really ask for much more experience-wise,” Ford stated. “You had a chance to win the tournament. I really don’t think I hit that many bad shots coming in.”
Surratt, who’s from Indian Trail, North Carolina, was the one golfer within the subject of 70 prime amateurs to complete below par.
“One thing for me was realizing that I’ve played great golf all week — I think I’ve had the least bogeys in the field,” Surratt stated. “When I make a bogey and initially be really mad, I would just try to keep the perspective that how great you’re really playing. You’re not throwing that many shots away, and just keep plugging along like you have been.”
Surratt, whose dad Brent was his caddie, had the lead from wire-to-wire, capturing a 3-under 69 within the first spherical, and going into the ultimate spherical tied with 18-year-old Cohen Trolio. But he by no means gave it up.
“It kind of felt like he didn’t really miss a shot,” stated Ford, who’s from Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Sunday wasn’t a superb one for the Southwest Florida contingent, three of whom have been in putting distance of the lead.
But James Tureskis of Florida State, who began in sixth, stumbled to a front-nine 49 on the way in which to an 85 and tied for fortieth. Sam Kodak, an FSU commit, shot a 78 and tied for sixteenth. Jack Irons was within the prime 10 with 4 holes to play however performed them 5 over and completed 14th at 6-over 222. Ryan Hart, who performs for Florida, had the most effective spherical out of them, with a 2-under 70 to finish up tied for twenty fourth. He was certainly one of solely 4 gamers to interrupt par within the ultimate spherical.
Florida Gulf Coast University golfer Van Holmgren, coming off profitable the ASUN event title Tuesday, ended up tying for tenth at 221 with an even-par 72.
Carl Santos-Ocampo, a former Community School and Notre Dame golfer, did have a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventeenth from 169 yards with a 7-iron, and shot a 77 to tie for fortieth.
Surratt birdied No. 9 to shut a painstaking, three-hour entrance 9 by the ultimate group to take a three-shot result in the again. And he appeared in management earlier than the center of the again 9 when he went over the par-4 thirteenth in two and couldn’t stand up and down, then missed a 3-foot par putt on the par-5 fifteenth.
Ford, whose twin brother David withdrew with a again harm, had caught a break on the outlet when his third shot rolled into the collar of the inexperienced, and into rocks guarding the greenside water hazard, then caromed again the place he might putt it. He two-putted to maneuver into the tie.
On No. 16, a par 4, each gamers went over the inexperienced – Ford from the golf green and Surratt from the pine straw left. Neither acquired up and down.
On the par-3 seventeenth, Ford’s shot ended up 40 toes away and left his birdie putt effectively brief, and Surratt simply missed his 15-footer.
Ford’s miss gave Surratt again the lead, and he performed the 18th completely, laying up, after which hitting it to fifteen toes.
Trolio, an LSU commit, went to the again 9 tied with Ford at 2 below, however performed the again 9 3 over to complete in third at 1-over 217 with former U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey.
Now Surratt goes again to highschool to play within the state event collection there, and plans on making an attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship in a few weeks.
“I know I can compete on this level with my good golf,” Surratt stated. “I have in previous amateur events. That makes it even better to get it done. We’ve worked on a lot of things that we thought would make the difference and they did this week so it feels amazing.”
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