|Thursday, June 21, 2018 - |
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DEERFIELD, Ill. – David Perkins (East Peoria / Quail Meadows GC) outlasted Trent Wallace (Joliet / Inwood GC) on a rainy Thursday at Briarwood Country Club to earn victory in the 99th CDGA Amateur Championship. Perkins sank a birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole to win the title tilt, which was shortened from 36 to 18 holes and featured a rain delay that lasted four hours and 15 minutes.
“I’m just truly honored to win the tournament at a course like Briarwood Country Club,” said Perkins, a rising junior at Illinois State University. “It was a great venue all week. To add my name to the list of some of the better golfers in the Chicago area that have come through and won this event, I’m really honored.”
Perkins and Wallace, teammates at ISU, dueled closely throughout the championship match, with no competitor building more than a two-hole advantage. A birdie by Perkins on No. 17 evened the match, which is how it stood until the fifth sudden death hole, the 535-yard par-5 fifth. Playing in a steady rain, Perkins’ drive leaked to the right. However, he was able to recover with a lay up and approach shot to 15 feet before curling in the championship-winning putt.
“I was ready to make it, so I just stepped up, trusted what I was doing, and just rolled it like any other putt,” Perkins said.
At one point, it looked as if Perkins would not need extra holes to win the match. He tallied five birdies in the match’s first 11 holes to build a 1-up advantage, before an intensifying rain caused the lengthy delay. Perkins won the first hole coming out of the hiatus to go to 2 up.
“It’s tough coming out of delays,” Perkins said. “I was playing well before the delay, so I really just stuck to my game plan. I didn’t really change much, just went out there and played good golf, trusted myself and kept my head in it.”
Wallace fought back by birdieing three of the next four holes to take the lead through 16. He birdied the par-3 15th for the sixth time in six attempts during the championship before knocking in a 20-footer on No. 16 to go 1 up. However, Perkins responded by taking the next hole to even the match going to 18.
“He came back at me,” Wallace said. “He birdied 17 to tie it up, and then it was a fight from there.”
Both players had multiple opportunities to close out the match before the decisive fifth playoff hole. After two bogeys on No. 18, Wallace’s 15-foot birdie putt for the win on the first playoff hole missed to the left, while Perkins got up and down from 30 yards short of the green to save par. Wallace also had a 12-footer for the win on No. 2, but it lipped out. He recovered from a shot that went in to the water to save par on No. 3, but could not match Perkins’ birdie on No. 5.
“When you have a putt to win, especially versus people who are very good, you know you have to make it,” Wallace said. “You don’t want to waste chances when you get them. I wouldn’t say I wasted my chances. I hit the putts, they just didn’t drop. He took advantage of his opportunity.”
Up next on the CDGA’s championship slate is the 88th Illinois State Amateur Championship, which will be contested July 17-19 at Bloomington Country Club.