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Andrew Dorn captures 113th North & South Amateur Championship

 

ANDREW DORN WINS 113TH NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Coastal Carolina junior joins the likes of legends Nicklaus, Ward, Stranahan, Strange as North & South Champions

BY ALEX PODLOGAR       

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Every morning before the start of his day at the 113th North and South Amateur, Andrew Dorn found a quiet place to stretch and warm up in the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

It wasn’t until later he realized what the quiet place was.

“I just looked up one morning and saw it on the wall – North and South Locker Room,” Dorn said. “I was just like, ‘Oh, wow.’

“And then I saw Jack Nicklaus’ locker and I thought, ‘I want to be in here.’”

Now he is.

The Coastal Carolina junior – the 16th seed in match play – held off a furious charge by Zachary Bauchou to clip the teen phenom 1-up to claim the 113th North and South Amateur Championship on Pinehurst No. 2, the host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

“With all the history in Pinehurst, to finish on the 18th hole with everything that’s gone down there – Payne Stewart making the putt, all the names on the wall of champions  – to have my name in there forever, to be considered on the same level with something like those guys, is unbelievable. It’s unreal,” an emotionally spent Dorn said, clutching the iconic Putter Boy trophy to his chest.

Andrew Dorn is the 2013 North & South Amateur Champion.

Andrew Dorn is the 2013 North & South Amateur Champion.

The North & South Amateur is the longest consecutive-running amateur golf championship in the United States, now in its 113th year.

Over the past century, the best in the golf world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy Trophy.  The winners now serve as legends in the game – Francis Ouimet, Billy Joe Patton, Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Corey Pavin, Davis Love II, among others.  It continues to draw the best in amateur golf circles.

Dorn controlled much of the match against the 17-year-old Bauchou, one of the elite junior golfers in the world, making a slick 6-foot par putt on the par-3 15th to hold a 3-up lead as the pair stepped to the 16th tee.

The match appeared all but over as Bauchou’s approach on the 511-yard, par-4 16th sailed left of the green. But instead of rolling into the greenside bunker, Bauchou could hardly believe his eyes as the ball came to rest against the rake.

“I looked through my range finder and said, “’I think that’s a ball,” he said.

Game on.

After a ruling, Bauchou was able to play the ball from where it came to rest and hammered the 20-foot putt home, pumping his first, to extend the match at least one more hole.

Then with the pin tucked in the perilous right corner of the 17th green, Bauchou stuck his tee shot to 7 feet, making that putt – punctuated by another fist pump – to push the match to the 18th.

“At that point I was like, ‘Ok, let’s go,’” said Bauchou.

A flustered Dorn then hooked his drive on 18 left of the cart path while Bauchou crushed his tee shot down the right side of the fairway. But while Dorn punched out and through the fairway into the brush lining the right side, Bauchou’s approach sailed long and left. Dorn failed to get his pitch up and down for par, but Bauchou’s putt from off the left side of the green rolled 18 feet past the cup. He missed the par putt, finally ceding the championship to Dorn.

“I thought I was going to get him on 18,” said Bauchou, who is ranked as the No. 2 amateur in the high school Class of 2015. “But I just didn’t get up and down.”

For Dorn, who played 20 holes in each of his match play matches on Friday, who needed a playoff Thursday evening just to get into match play, who was down two holes with three to play in one of his matches Friday, the winning moment actually crept up on him.

“At first, nothing special happened,” he said. “But then you look around and it’s Pinehurst No. 2, Payne is looking over your shoulder, and it sets in. I’m just at a loss for words.”

Dorn won his semifinal match over 13th-seed and Duke recruit Max Greyserman with relative ease, 5 & 4 while Bauchou knocked off sixth-seeded Grayson Murray 1 up in the morning round of matches.

Dorn never trailed in the final match, taking a 1-up lead when Bauchou three-putted the treacherous fifth green.

Bauchou, though, squared the matched when Dorn bogeyed the seventh, but the West Chester, Ohio, native came back with a 25-foot birdie on the 8th to regain the lead.

Dorn, who hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation – Bauchou managed to hit just eight in regulation – began to build his lead in the middle of the round, going 2-up on 9 before a Bauchou three-putt from about 80 feet handed Dorn his largest lead, 3-up, through 11.

Bauchou closed within two holes again until Dorn stuck his approach just 6 feet from the pin on 14, leading to a birdie and what looked like an insurmountable 3-up lead with four to play.

Bauchou’s late-round attempt at heroics made things interesting, but Dorn never wavered.

“I tried to keep it out of my mind,” Dorn said,” but I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Wow, I’m going to win this.’”

MATCH PLAY

ROUND OF 16

FRIDAY

No. 16 Andrew Dorn defeats No. 1 Adam Schenk, 20 holes

No. 9 Mickey Moyers defeats No. 8 Richard Fountain, 2&1

No. 13 Max Greyserman defeats No. 4 Jade Scott, 2&1

No. 12 Seth Reeves defeats No. 5 Ben Griffin, 2&1

No. 15 Zachary Bauchou defeats No. 2 Adam Wood, 3&2

No. 10 Andrew Bailey defeats No. 7 Michael McGowan, 2&1

No. 14 Garrett King defeats No. 3 Corey Conners, 20 holes

No. 6 Grayson Murray defeats No. 11 Sam Love, 4&3

QUARTERFINALS

FRIDAY

No. 6 Grayson Murray defeats No. 14 Garrett King, 4 & 2

No. 16 Andrew Dorn defeats No. 9 Mikey Moyers, 20 holes

No. 15 Zachary Bauchou defeats No. 10 Andrew Bailey, 1 up

No. 13 Max Greyserman defeats No. 12 Seth Reeves 1 up

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

No. 16 Andrew Dorn defeats No. 13 Max Greyserman, 5 & 4

No. 15 Zachary Bauchou  defeats No. 6 Grayson Murray, 1 up

FINALS

No. 16 Andrew Dorn  defeats No. 15 Zachary Bauchou, 1 up

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On A Day Of Upsets, Grayson Murray Cruises Into North And South Amateur Semifinals

ON A DAY OF UPSETS, MURRAY CRUISES INTO NORTH AND SOUTH AMATEUR SEMIFINALS

Former North & South Junior champ wins two matches comfortably

Match Play Bracket

BY ALEX PODLOGAR       

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Grayson Murray is on his third college in as many semesters.

He may have found a home at Pinehurst.

With the tournament’s top five seeds failing to advance even past the Round of 16 matches on Friday, the UNC Greensboro transfer emerged as the potential player to beat at the 113th North and South Amateur on Donald Ross’ famed Pinehurst No. 2, cruising through two matches with relative ease to reach the tournament’s semifinals.

Murray, who left Wake Forest after his first semester for East Carolina only to find it wasn’t the best fit for him either, will have to sit out a season before he can compete in NCAA Division-1 play again.

But he’s certainly keeping himself busy. Coming off an appearance as one of just 10 amateurs to play in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, the 19-year-old Murray is now staking his claim to win this week on the course that will host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.

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McGowan Makes Charge At 113th North & South As Schenk Wins Medalist Honors (Video)

MCGOWAN MAKES CHARGE AT NORTH & SOUTH AS SCHENK WINS MEDALIST HONORS

Grandson of Peggy Kirk Bell advances to Round of 16 Match Play

Stroke play results

Match Play Bracket

By ALEX PODLOGAR       

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The 113th North and South Amateur just became a home game.

Southern Pines native Michael McGowan carded his low round of the championship, firing a 3-under 68 to claim the No. 7 seed entering the match play portion of the event, which begins on Friday on Donald Ross’ famed Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort.

McGowan, the son of former PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Pat McGowan and the grandson of golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell, finished tied for fourth at 5 under after Thursday’s final round of stroke play. He will play 10th-seeded Andrew Bailey of Cleveland State, who also played the opening three rounds in 5-under 208.

Purdue’s Adam Schenk, one of the hottest amateur golfers in the country after winning the Indiana Amateur last month, was the medalist after a 4-under 67 left him three shots clear of the field at 10-under 203.

But while others have gone lower than McGowan, perhaps no one remaining in the field will have had more North & South experience than the University of North Carolina senior. McGowan’s been such a staple of the area golf scene he’s lost count how many combined North & South Junior and North & South Amateurs he’s appeared in.

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Canadian Conners Peeks At No. 2, Shares 113th North & South Lead With Purdue’s Schenk

CANADIAN CONNERS PEEKS AT NO. 2, SHARES NORTH & SOUTH LEAD WITH PURDUE’S SCHENK

SCORES: Pair tied atop 113th North & South Amateur at 6 under

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The game was still intact, even if Corey Conners wasn’t going low again on Wednesday.

Cruising along, mixing a handful of bogeys with an equal amount of birdies, Conners could allow himself to take a glimpse at what the future may have in store for him.

And so he peered beyond the lush green fairways and thick rough of Pinehurst No. 4 – host of stroke play for the 113th North and South Amateur at Pinehurst Resort – and let his eyes and mind wander.

There, lining some of those fairways, was the goal for the No. 2-ranked Canadian amateur and Kent State star.

“I’ve kind of been looking through the trees at (Pinehurst) No. 2 from No. 4, taking a peek at some of the holes, and it just looks awesome,” Conners said following his even par 71 on Wednesday to stay at 6 under. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to play No. 2.”

Tied atop the leaderboard as play was completed late into the evening, Conners will likely get that chance as one of the top 16 seeds to emerge from the final round of stroke play Thursday and qualify for the tournament’s decisive match play – to be played on the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open host course, Donald Ross’ famed Pinehurst No. 2.

It’s something Conners, who made Kent State history when he finished fourth in the 2012 NCAA Championship, would certainly like to add to his already sturdy amateur resume.

“All the history, the major championships they’ve had there on No. 2,” Conners said, his voice trailing off. “It would be a career highlight for me. I can’t really put it into words.”

He still has some work to do – and he’s far from assured even earning the top seed.

That’s because Purdue’s Adam Schenk may be playing the best golf of his life.

Few amateurs have been hotter recently than Schenk, who enters the North and South off a wire-to-wire win at the Indiana Amateur in late June. Schenk, who had a 69 on Tuesday and has finished in the top 8 of his last five tournament appearances, came back following a 2 ½-hour rain delay to birdie two of his last three holes to tie Conners at 6-under 136.

“The break was probably a good thing for me,” Schenk said. “It settled me down a little bit.”

Schenk had a lot to be amped up about. He birdied four of his first eight holes to take sole possession of the lead before a bogey at the 456-yard, par-4 18th dropped him back to 5 under. Schenk rebounded with a quick birdie at the first, but dumped his tee shot into the water on the par-3 4th before another bogey on the par-3 6th dropped him to -4.

But his finish mirrored his start, putting Schenk in prime possession to nab the top seed and medalist honors following Thursday’s round.

Not that Schenk is focused on that.

“It doesn’t really matter,” said the first-time North and South contestant. “As long as I’m in the Top 16, that’s the goal.”

Conners  and Schenk led four players at 5-under 137. Cleveland State’s Andrew Bailey, who fired a 5-under 66 on Tuesday, came back with a second-round 71 while former Maryland golfer Joey Rice backed up his first-day 69 with a 68 Wednesday to also move to 5 under.

“I’m putting!” quipped an incredulous Rice, who graduated from Maryland last year and is working full time – and golfing part time. “It’s like the first time ever.”

Davidson’s Richard Fountain and Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers – playing in the same group – were also each at 5 under.

At 4 under was 17-year-old Adam Wood – a U.S. Kids Pinehurst veteran who will play at nearby Duke next year.

“This brings back a lot of memories with my dad on the bag this week,” Wood said. “He was my caddie during U.S. Kids, too.”

Among other notables, Southern Pines’ Michael McGowan, son of former PGA Tour player Pat McGowan and grandson of golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell, added a second straight 1-under 70 to move to 2 under for the championship, good enough for a tie for 12th at the end of play Wednesday. Also at 2 under was 17-year-old Ben Griffin, the two-time North Carolina 4-A prep champion who has already committed to play for North Carolina in 2014.

The stage is set for a potentially wild third and final round of stroke play. Twenty-two players are within two shots of the top 16. The projected cut – top 60 and ties – at the end of play hovered around 2-over 144 – a mere eight shots from the top of the leaderboard.

The North and South is the longest consecutive-running amateur golf championship in the United States, now in its 113th year.

Over the past century, the best in the golf world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy Trophy.  The winners now serve as legends in the game – Francis Ouimet, Billy Joe Patton, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Corey Pavin, Davis Love II, among others.  It continues to draw the best in amateur golf circles.

“Pinehurst has been a bastion of amateur golf for over a century,” said Pinehurst President Don Padgett. “It is amateur golf at its best.”

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Canadian Star Takes Early Lead At 113th North And South Amateur

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CANADIAN STAR TAKES EARLY LEAD AT 113TH NORTH AND SOUTH AMATEUR

SCORES: Kent State’s Corey Conners, the No. 2-ranked Canadian amateur, takes 1-shot lead after 6-under 65

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – N.C. State star Albin Choi didn’t return to the North and South Amateur this year after making a run to the match play quarterfinals a year ago.

He sent a fellow countryman instead.

Kent State’s Corey Conners, the No. 2-ranked Canadian amateur, shook off a steady afternoon rain to card seven birdies on his way to a 6-under 65 to lead the 113th North and South Amateur by a shot following the first round on Tuesday on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 4 course.

“Albin Choi, as a fellow Canadian, had some success and I had heard great things,” said Conners, who was fourth in the 2012 NCAA Championship, the highest finish ever for a Kent State golfer. “And obviously, with the history here, it fit in my schedule so I didn’t hesitate to come down.”

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