ARDMORE, PA. – A one-hole shot to play at Merion Golf Club, the Duke men’s budding golf novice John Peters won the 108th Pennsylvania Amateur on Wednesday in historic fashion on one of America’s iconic golf courses.
The future Blue Devil from Carlisle, Pennsylvania was on the 18th fairway, 193 yards from the hole. Peters tried to get close to him for a look at birdie and a possible tie, wicker basket flagpole and fell into the hole for his unlikely eagle.
“I was just trying to land it somewhere on that 175 number,” said Peters of the Carlisle Country Club. “We know how tight the greens are downwind and they could go out. I was really just trying to get up close and take a look at birdie thinking there was a playoff at 1-over-par would.”
Instead, Peters took an equally good overall win on a hole that didn’t post a single birdie in the final round on Wednesday to win the championship at Merion, which has hosted 17 USGA championships, including five United States Open.
“It’s proof that it’s never over until it’s over,” said Peters. “I didn’t even think of it [going in]. Of course there is a bit of luck involved. I waited for some kind of clapping, but I thought it was taking a long time, then we heard a big hurray. I have never experienced something like that. It’s just a tremendous blessing. It really was one of the most patient rounds I’ve ever played. It’s a US Open course and rightly so – even par wins. “
Peters carded rounds of 67, 73 and 70 to end with a straight par 210 and one shot in front of the field. Patrick Sheehan, the leader who entered the final lap, had a birdie putt to tie Peters to his eagle just moments but failed to convert.
Peters’ title comes just a week after another new golfer in the first year. Kelly Chinn, earned medalists in the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the North Carolina Country Club.