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2015 Eastern Amateur
Champion James Clark
James Clark wins 59th Eastern Amateur on 2nd hole of sudden-death playoff
James Clark from Georgia Tech went 51 holes before his first bogey on the 16th hole of the final round. He bounced back with birdie on 18 to tie Danny Yustin at 12-under and force a playoff. The birdie on 18 took some work. After hitting his second shot left near the hazard, he played to the front pin and went long. He rolled in the 18 foot putt to cap his 4-under 66. Univ of Hartford graduate Danny Yustin had the round of the day with 62 which included an easy birdie on 18 and he had the clubhouse lead at 12-under before Clark tied him. In the playoff, both players hit the fairway and came up short with their second. A couple of easy 2 putt pars and they moved to the 2nd. Yustin found the fairway while Clark came up a few steps into the right rough. Playing first from just over 100 yds, Clark fired right at the stick and the ball spun back to 7 ft. Yustin's second from just under 100 yds came up short of the green leaving a long pitch over the corner of the bunker. He played perfectly to 18" leaving Clark to putt for the win. Just as he did on 18, he rolled the putt in for the victory.
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