TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Preston Summerhays won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday, beating Bo Jin of China 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Inverness Club.
“I don’t even know how to explain how it felt,” Summerhays said. “It’s just one of my goals being accomplished.”
Summerhays, the 16-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, who spends his summers in his native Utah, ended it with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th, a dog-leg left that he also birdied in the morning with a 35-footer after purposely driving down the adjacent 16th fairway.
In the afternoon, Summerhays again tried to play his tee shot down the 16th fairway, but missed and left himself in the rough between the fairways, with a large tree blocking his path.
“It wasn’t a terrible lie and I had 174 (yards) to the pin,” Summerhays said. “Going downwind, downhill, it really didn’t play 174, it played 145 to the front edge. I was like, ‘I could get a pitching wedge over that tree and land it front edge and roll it back.'”
He pulled it off.
“That’s just a shot of a lifetime at the right time in the biggest tournament,” said…