Red-hot Beck goes back to back at Eastern Amateur

Red-hot Beck goes back to back at Eastern Amateur

Evan Beck (East Amateur Photo)

Evan Beck (East Amateur Photo)

Evan Beck joined the elite on Sunday becoming the fourth player to win back-to-back Eastern Amateur Championships. Beck entered the final round at Elizabeth Manor Golf Club in Portsmouth, Va., with a one-stroke lead over Bryce Corbett, but birdies on holes 6 and 9 helped the former Wake Forest player to extend his lead to four strokes.

With neither chaser able to mount a charge, Beck headed home with a final-round 68 that left him a 13-under 267 for the tournament, good for a four-stroke victory over Jayce Hargrove, who plays collegially at the Virginia Commonwealth.

Beck, currently ranked 68th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, hit five of his first seven holes on Saturday en route to a third-round 64 that propelled him within 10 for the tournament. Corbett, who plays collegiate at Radford, shot a 3-under 67 in the third round which left him with just one comeback heading into Sunday’s final round, but four birdies in an eight-hole streak was all that which Beck needed to go home with his second right. Eastern Amateur Title.

With the victory, Beck became the fourth player to successfully defend his title at the Eastern Amateur, joining former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman, Ben Crenshaw and Braxton Wynns.

Beck continues to set a blistering pace that began with a second-place finish at the George Coleman Invitational in Seminole in April. He won the George Thomas Invitational at the Los Angeles Country Club last month and reached the Virginia State Amateur semifinals in early July. He also finished second at the Virginia State Open a few weeks ago.

In addition to his victory at last year’s Eastern Amateur, Beck also picked up victories at the Virginia State Open and the Virginia Mid-Amateur in a successful 2021.

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ABOUT Eastern Hobbyist

The Eastern Amateur is a 72-hole stroke play event that consistently attracts a top field. The tournament was played – with the exception of 1977 and 1999 – at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 designed by Dick Wilson in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes US Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler has won the OMS of the East in three different decades and is the only golfer to ever qualify for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, ‘USGA Senior Open and the USGA Senior Amateur, as well as representing his state at the USGA. Team competition.

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