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Hunter Ostrom wins 63rd Eastern Amateur in three way playoff
Notre Dame golfer Hunter Ostrom picked up his 2nd big win of the summer with a birdie on the 2nd playoff hole. Ostrom, who already has the Southwestern Amateur title this summer, posted a 4-under par 67 including birdie on the par 5 finishing hole to take the clubhouse lead at 13-under. The final group each had a chance to join him at 13-under or win outright coming to the 18th. Christopher White, who had a 4 shot lead through 12 holes and had reached 16-under before bogeys at 14, 16 and 17, laid up on the 18th and was unable to convert a 30 foot birdie putt to win outright. Kevin Johnson, St. Leo incoming freshman, laced a 2nd shot to the back of the green and had a downhill 24 ft putt for eagle to get to tie Ostrom at 13-under. His putt curled in the right side and we were headed to a playoff. Charlie Musto from the U.S. Naval Academy birdied 10 through 12 to move to 14 under before bogeys at 16 and 17. He faced a 6 ft birdie putt on the last that slid past the right side to join the playoff. In the playoff, Ostrom and Johnson both two putted from long distance for par and White was unable to find the green with his 2nd after a drive to the right tree line. His bunker shot went long and his 30 ft par putt hit the hole but did not fall. On the short par 4 second hole, Ostrom hit driver for the first time all week and found the back fringe of the green. Johnson, forced to be aggressive, pushed his drive right and it hit a tree and bounced out of bounds. Ostrom chipped to 3 feet and made the putt for birdie and is the winner of the 63rd Eastern Amateur. Charlie Musto was 4th and Ambrose Abbraciamento from San Diego St posted 6-under par 64 to finish in 5th.
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