Day 4 of the 68th Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament of Champions is in the books. Golfers headed into the Final Round this Saturday morning. All eyes were looking up at Trent Phillips from Georgia who held a one-stroke lead at 7 under.
Oklahoma State’s Leo Oyo made a huge push on the back 9. At one point he was tied for the lead. On the Par 3 16th hole, Oyo chips on the green and leaves himself a nice chance to make par. He does that and finished the day at 6 under and tied for 4th with Palmer Jackson.
Last year’s runner up, Texas Longhorn Travis Vick also mad a push on the back 9. Vick gets the Birdie on 16th. He had 4 birdies on his last 18 holes to finish third at 7 under.
Now for the two guys who kept exchanging the lead all afternoon. Duke’s Ian Siebers approach to the Par 5 15th, the longest hole on the back 9. He sealed the deal with this putt for Birdie. Just one of seven on the day, he was within one shot of the lead at one point on Saturday. Siebers was tested for par on 16. He finished the last two holes with a pair of pars to finish 8 under, hoping that would give him the Championship.
However, Georgia’s Trent Phillips played fantastic golf over these past four days. Up a shot with 4 to play, can he protect it? He makes Par on 15 and 16 and still has a one shot lead with 17 and 18 to play. Both are par fours. His approach on 17 was tidy. He would two-putt for par and keep the one shot lead headed to 18. As Siebers finished at Eight under, a par will win it for Phillips. On 18, the iron lands him in fairway and he can almost tast victory. A lengthy putt for Birdie on the Final Green, not a bad lag. He two putts for Par to Win the 68th Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions. Phillips is the only player to shoot in the 60s all four days. We caught up with the top two finishers. Phillips said it was his knowledge of the course that helped land him the trophy and jacket. See video for comments from Champion Trent Phillips and Runner-up Ian Siebers…
Here is a look at the final Leader Board through 4 rounds of Golf. Last year’s runner up Travis Vick finished 3rd at 7 under. Leo Oyo and Murrysville’s Palmer Jackson tied for 4th at minus 6, and in 6th place Jacob Bridgeman finished at 5 under par.