Kyle Haas two putted the par-5 18th hole from just inside 30ft for birdie and a one shot victory over Brandon Robison of the University of Utah and Belmont’s Jack Schoenberger.
The Eastern Amateur was the last tournament of the summer for Kyle Haas before he heads to Wake Forest in two weeks to start his freshman year as a member of the Demon Deacon golf team where he will play for his father Jerry. Haas was the only player to post four rounds under par. The final round saw gusty wind and firmer greens after three days of steady breeze and temperatures in the mid-90s.
Haas bogeyed the 1st and 4th holes before making back-to-back birdies on 7 & 8 to turn in even par. He trailed Radford’s Bryce Corbett by two shots headed to the back nine. Corbett made a double bogey on the 10th and Haas was tied for the lead with Schoenberger and Corbett at 7-under par. Haas hit driver on the middle of the green on the drivable par-4 13th and two putted to get to 8-under. Schoenberger bogeyed 14 and 15 and Corbett made bogeys on the 12th and 14th and Haas led by two with three to play. A Haas bogey on 16 cut the lead to one over Schoenberger. Robison made a late charge with a birdie on 17 from 15 feet to get to 5-under and two back. Robison’s tee shot found the left rough on 18 but he managed to get to the front fringe on the par-5. Haas found the green from 240 yards and had a downhill eagle putt. Robison then produced the shot of the tournament when he rolled in his eagle putt from 81 feet to get to 7-under and force Haas to two putt. Haas rolled the first putt down the hill to about three feet and made the birdie to post 8-under. Schoenberger, playing in the final group also found the green and had the same downhill eagle putt as Haas. He narrowly missed and tapped in to share 2nd place with Robison. Sihan Sandhu, a junior golfer from Ashburn, VA shared 4th place with 3rd round leader Bryce Corbett. Nathan Piatt, also of Radford, was 6th alone at 4-under par. Virginia Tech’s Charlie Hanson finished another shot back in 7th place at 3-under for his 3rd consecutive top 10 finish in the Eastern Amateur. Former Nansemond-Suffolk and Temple golfer Trey Wren was 8th at 2-under, Jennings Glenn from Elon finished 9th another shot back. Graham Chase of Temple, J.F. Aber from Wittenburg University, LSU’s Alex Price and Adam Horton from Chesapeake rounded out the top 10 at even-par.