|After two rounds of competition, Nick Scott’s six shot lead
was within reach of a handful of players hoping for a strong weekend
finish. But after two inches of rain on
Saturday, and the shortening of the championship to 54 holes, that lead was now
insurmountable. Beginning the day at six
under par, Scott got off to a hot start by making three birdies on the front
nine and carding a two-under-par 34. The
unwavering Scott finished his back nine at even par, and carded a final round 69
to claim the 2013 Miami Valley Metropolitan Amateur. His three rounds of 72-64-69 totaled for an
Miles behind Scott was a battle for the runner-up position between
numerous players who had nothing to lose in light of Scott’s lead. Getting off to a hot start was Ben Hogenkamp
who birdied his first four holes and held strong to finish with a
three-under-par 68 which came to be the low round of the day. After starting the day tied for 17th,
he would finish tied for 4th.
Two groups behind Hogenkamp was Craig Harden who shot a two-under-par 69
to get into a tie for second at two over par.
In that tie with Harden was the 2011 champion, Michael Bernard, who shot
an even-par 71 to finish his tournament.
Matt Buse and Pete Betzold would shoot 73 and 74 respectively to finish
in the tie for 4th with Hogenkamp at a total of three-over-par. Austin Sipe, our first round leader, and
Brady Marinangeli would finish at four over par to tie for 7th
place, and Jeff Scohy and Caleb Wolters would tie for 9th place at
six over par.
In the midst of the dog fight for second place, Nick
casually strolled the fairways with his father who was on the bag for the final
round. The care-free, final-round 69 for
Scott was product of a strong résumé that led him to this victory. He capped off his sophomore year at Kent
State with three great rounds at the NCAA DI National Championship, shooting
68-75-75. Earlier this month, he
finished in a tie for 9th at the Ohio Amatuer. Just two weeks ago, Scott was making a run at
the US Amateur Public Links title. After
finishing in a tie for fifth in stroke play with the Jack Nicklaus award
winner, Michael Kim, he was defeated in the round of 32. He will enter his third year at Kent State as
one of the best players on a top-25 team in the country.
The association would like to thank everyone involved in the
Metropolitan Amateur Championship; that includes Miami Valley Golf Club for
hosting the event, their maintenance staff for keeping the course in absolutely
great shape even through Saturday’s rain, their golf staff for providing
amenities to all 117 players, our volunteers, Larry Litscher, Mike O’Bryan,
Dick Roots, Mike Thill, and Nancy Stringer for their rules and officiating
duties, and all the competitors for making the Metropolitan Amateur everything that it
has become through the years. We hope
everyone enjoyed the competition, and hope to see another great turnout for
next year’s championship.