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Bennink defends EDGA Am Title in Record Fashion

Posted: August 14th, 2022

Connor Bennink ran away with his second consecutive EDGA Amateur Championship title. Leading by 5 entering the final round, Bennink birdied holes 3 through 6 to extend his lead to 9. With another birdie on 8 and Alex Weir faltering his lead grew to 11 at 17 under par. He experienced some unexpected troubles on the closing 9 with 3 three putts and a double bogey on the fourteenth but by then victory was firmly in his grasp. With 2 more birdies on the back he closed with 37-69 and a record total of 15 under par. The previous record was -9 accomplished by Austin Romeo in 2009 and Patrick Kelly in 2018. All totaled Bennink recorded 22 birdies in the event’s 54 holes.

2022 EDGA Amateur Champion Connor Bennink

Alex Weir finished as the runner up in his 4th consecutive EDGA major, having been the second in both the EDGA Match Play and Amateur Championships in 2021 and 2022. Starting at a 5 shot deficit, he would need a fast start and he did birdie the first hole to get one closer, with an opportunity to pick up one more he missed from 8 feet on number 2. When he tapped in for a two putt birdie on number three the lead was down to 3 but Bennink had a birdie putt of his own, which he made, the first of 4 in-a-row which, for all intents and purposes ended the hopes for any potential challengers. Weir finished with a 1 under par 71 and a 54 hole total of 8 under par 208, the lowest score ever recorded by a non-winner.

Mike Wolfe, who started 9 back could not find a birdie on the outward nine, recording 9 pars. At that point he was 13 back and playing for second. When he holed out for an eagle 2 on the 10th hole he momentarily forged a tie with Weir for second. Weir would follow that up with a 30 foot birdie putt and then a chip in birdie on the 12th while Wolfe was making back-to-back bogies leaving Weir 4 clear in second. Wolfe finished with 5 pars and a birdie on the last 6 holes for a 71 and a tie for third with Abe Holmes at 5 under.

Holmes was the only player in the field to match one of Bennink’s rounds with his 69 in the final round, the same as Bennink. Holmes round included 4 birdies and a bogey and followed rounds of 75 and 67 for his 3rd place total of minus 5. Holmes’ teammate, Ryan Ferry was one of three players to break par in all three rounds, with Bennink and Weir. After two rounds of 71 he closed with 70 for a 4 under total, good for 5th. Ferry recorded 6 birdies in each of his 3 rounds in the tourney.

Finishing tied for 6th were 2-time champion Tyler Cozad (74-215) and 2021 PSAC individual champion Isaiah Swan (73-215). Swan was hot early but 4 consecutive bogies on the back nine kept him from a higher finish, he finished 4th last year. That left 7 players under par for the event, which is the most in EDGA Am history.

A familiar name occupied the next position, 4-time EDGA major champion Drew Deimel. Deimel improved 2 strokes each round, and with 74-72-70 he finished even par. Deimel added one more under par round to his record and now has 14. The top ten were rounded out by 2 Lawrence Park members. Jimmy Callaghan finished 9th with 76-218 and Billy Colbert in 10th with 75-220.

Connor Bennink

The top 15 and ties receive a pro shop credit prize which can be redeemed at Lawrence Park. Those players include 3 players tied for 11th at 222, Matt Barto, Zach Henry, and Dean Rainville. With 73-223 Ted Grassi, III was alone in 14th. Two players finished with 224 and tied for 15th, Ryan Peters and his former college coach Ron Coleman.

Thanks to Mac Wolfe and Terry Teasdale for their assistance with this event as well as Scott Jenkins and the staff at Lawrence Park for presenting a wonderful tournament site for the players and, as always, to Marquette Savings Bank for their sponsorship and commitment to the EDGA and local golf.

A reminder that there will be a hall of fame induction ceremony this fall on October 8th at Lake View Country Club. This year’s inductees include Dario Cipriani, Ed Podufal, Ellery Tarbell, Dave Smith and Lester White. Click Here to purchase tickets.

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