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CHS grad Mitch Davis wins Northern Amateur

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Chesterton High 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 away.”

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.

Davis also 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.


Posted 7/29/2019





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