grad Mitch Davis felt right at home at Sand Creek Country Club.
Playing on his home
course, the Indiana University sophomore won the 44th annual Northern
Amateur with a four-shot victory over Wake Forest’s Marco Steyn.
Davis finished the
tournament 12-under-par after carding a one-over-par 73 in Friday’s final
round. Davis is the first local winner of the event since Michigan City’s
Dave Cunningham in 1989 and also set the tournament record previously held
by Timmy Hildebrand (-11) in 2017.
“Setting the record
means a lot to me,” Davis said. “I’ve been thinking about (the record) since
I was 13 or 14 years old.”
Davis struggled on
the front nine (March Course) Friday with a four-over-par 40 that tied him
atop the leaderboard with Tyler Copp. Birdies by Davis on holes number 1 and
2 on the Creek Course (back nine) turned the tide.
“I felt like I was
in control,” Davis said. “I didn’t hit it well on the front nine. I made
five birdies on the back and showed (the rest of the field) I wasn’t going
The 2018 CHSgrad
took control of the tournament with a first round score of 64 and followed
that with a five-under-par 67 on Thursday in the second round. His opening
round 64 didn’t include a bogey.
qualified for the U.S. Amateur last Monday at Sand Creek with scores of 69
and 70 (-5) in the 36-hole qualifier. The U.S. Amateur will be held at
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.