Dawson Armstrong of Brentwood, Tennesee, poses with WGA Chairman Dennis O'Keefe after a dramatic 20-hole victory Saturday to win the 2015 Western Amateur at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Dawson Armstrong wins 2015 Western Amateur
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (Aug. 8, 2015) ...On the second hole of a sudden death playoff, Dawson Armstrong holed a 20-yard bunker shot for eagle Saturday to win the 113th Western Amateur in the most dramatic fashion in memory.
Armstrong’s stunning shot from the sand fronting the par 5 second hole at Rich Harvest Farms meant that his opponent, Aaron Wise, needed to hole his 25-foot putt to match Armstrong’s 3 to continue the playoff.
But Wise’s putt slid by, and when it did Armstrong fell into the arms of his father, Dale Armstrong, a former mini-tour player who caddied for his son during the two-day match play segment of the championship.
“When we got up there, my dad told me, ‘You’ve had a lot of great shots but none have gone in. Let’s try to knock this in,’"Armstrong said. “I was just trying to land it barely over the ridge and trickle it, hopefully, through the rough. It was going to have to be a lucky shot, and it was extremely lucky.