HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The way Cameron Champ was playing, the only thing that could stop him was a thunderstorm.
That’s what happened Thursday on the final day of the 114th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. Severe weather with lightning and thunderstorms washed out the final round. Champ, a 22-year-old Texas A&M senior, won the championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club with a 54-hole score of 9-under-par 201. The Sacramento, Calif., native won by four shots over Stoney Crouch from Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Collin Morikawa from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
After completion of the third round Thursday morning, play during the final round was suspended at 3:56 p.m. for a dangerous situation. Lightning and thunderstorms were barreling down on Prairie Dunes. Champ, who led the prestigious championship by one shot after 36 holes, stretched his lead to four on Thursday with five birdies and an eagle on his way to a 4-under 66 in the third round. Before play was suspended, his game was on cruise control. He had birdied four of his first six holes in the now-negated fourth round.
And now he’s a Trans-Miss Amateur champion, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus (1958, ’59), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Deane Beaman (1960), Bryson DeChambeau (2013) and Charlie Coe (1947, ’49, ’52, ’56)
Hayden Wood of Edmond finished tied for 10th after a round of 71 Thursday morning. Austin Eckroat of Edmond closed with a 69 and was tied for 14th, along with Cody Burrows of Chickasha and Draegen Majors of Tulsa. Majors closed with a 65.
LOW MID-AM: Stewart Hagestad from Newport Beach, Calif., was the championship’s Low Mid-Amateur. With rounds of 74-70-67, he finished at 1-over 211 and tied for 10th place overall.
Playing in his first Trans-Miss Amateur, Hagestad is the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champ. He also finished as the Low Amateur at the 2017 Masters. Out of a total of 15 mid-amateurs in the starting field, Majors was only other mid-am to survive the 36-hole. Majors finished tied for 14th place with rounds of 76-71-65.
FINAL PD NUMBERS: When all was said and done, the par-70 Prairie Dunes played to a stroke average of 73.94. The 477-yard, par-4 fifth hole was the most difficult hole all week. It played more than a half-stroke over par at 4.62. Eighteen of the week’s 20 total eagles came on the 512-yard, par-5 seventh hole, which plays downwind.
STAYING POWER: There have only been three head professionals in Prairie Dune’s illustrious 81-year history. They are:
- Russ Wilson, 1936-1971
- Charles Craig, 1971-2002
- John Lanham, 2002-present
NICKLAUS-PALMER CHALLENGE: In the summer of 1962, Prairie Dunes invited Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to play an exhibition match in front of the membership. As the story goes, the members passed the hat and pooled $10,000 to offer as a challenge to them.
All they had to do was shoot even-par for 18 holes. Easy enough for the two greatest golfers of that era, right?
Not so fast.
Nicklaus was 1-under through eight holes with the par-4 ninth jumped up and bit him. He pulled his drive into the left heather grass and needed several swipes to recover. He took a quadruple-bogey 8 and finished a 77.
Palmer, meanwhile, stood on the 18th tee at even-par. A birdie on the closing hole meant he’d take home the money. With the wind at his back and in quintessential Palmer style, he tried to drive the green. His ball ended up tangled in tall grass right of the fairway. He took four shots from there reach the green and one-putted for his 6.
As the scorecard of the match in the Prairie Dunes clubhouse’s Grille Room shows, the golf course won again.
|114th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship
Prairie Dunes Country Club
|July 13, 2017
Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. – 70-65-66–201
Stoney Crouch, Mt. Juliet , Tenn. – 67-69-69–205
Collin Morikawa, La Canada, CA – 70-68-67–205
Chandler Phillips, Huntsville, Texas – 69-73-64–206
Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. – 72-70-66–208
Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. – 71-65-72–208
Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, CA – 70-71-69–210
Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas – 72-72-66–210
Isaiah Salinda, S. San Francisco, CA – 72-71-67–210
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. – 70-70-71–211
Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas – 73-70-68–211
Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, CA – 74-70-67–211
Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas – 74-71-66–211
Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. – 75-68-69–212
Douglas Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. – 77-66-69–212
Benjamin Shipp, Duluth, Ga. – 75-70-67–212
Garrick Higgo, Stellenbosch, WC – 75-69-68–212
Draegen Majors, Tulsa, Okla. – 76-71-65–212
Cody Burrows, Chickasha, Okla. – 74-68-70–212
Ruben Sondjaja, Ames, Iowa – 72-69-71–212
Jeff Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa – 70-72-71–213
Matt Hutchins, Naples, Fla. – 76-66-71–213
Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y. – 73-70-71–214
Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas, Nev. – 73-70-71–214
Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas – 73-70-71–214
Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. – 72-73-69–214
Jamie Cheatham, Rancho Santa Fe, CA – 70-71-73–214
Daniel Sutton, Sutton Coldfield, WMD – 69-73-73–215
Hunter Richardson, Clarksville, Tenn. – 67-75-73–215
Austin Squires, Union, Ky. – 75-72-68–215
Yechun (Carl) Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. – 75-70-70–215
Matthew Walker, Ottumwa, Iowa – 68-74-73–215
Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas – 75-70-70–215
Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio – 77-69-70–216
Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. – 75-69-72–216
Jake Fendt, Suwanee, Ga. – 74-70-72–216
Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore. – 70-75-71–216
Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. – 74-71-71–216
Kyle Michel, Kialla, VIC – 75-72-69–216
Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C. – 73-71-72–216
Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif. – 74-71-72–217
Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas – 71-75-71–217
Eric Ansett, Spokane, Wash. – 73-74-71–218
Lawren Rowe, Victoria, BC – 74-74-70–218
Daniel Gale, Castle Hill, NSW – 71-77-70–218
Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. – 77-71-70–218
Peter Kuest Jr, Fresno, Calif. – 73-74-71–218
Parker Coody, Plano, Texas – 73-75-70–218
Andrew Alligood, Saint Johns, Fla. – 75-73-71–219
Kiran Day, Perth, WAU – 72-72-75–219
Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. – 73-74-72–219
Jake Staiano, Cherry Hills Village, CO – 75-73-71–219
Chris Nido, Miami, Fla. – 74-70-75–219
Alex Springer, Olathe, Kan. – 72-76-71–219
Tanner Hughes, Livermore, Calif. – 71-77-71–219
Trevor Brown, Austin, Texas – 69-74-76–219
Blaine Hale, Dallas, Texas – 72-72-76–220
Denzel Ieremia, Ames, Iowa – 76-68-76–220
Wells Padgett, Wichita, Kan. – 75-73-73–221
Andy Spencer, Prairie Village, Kan. – 70-78-74–222
James Anstiss, Hammond, La. – 73-75-75–223
Dylan Perry, Aberdeen, NSW – 74-74-75–223
Ben Albin, Santa Fe, N.M. – 75-71-78–224
Garrett May, Hope, Ark. – 72-75-80–227
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. – 74-74-WD