Marshall Meisel (Chevy Chase, Md.) made par, the boys’ competition had a new leader.
“My dad said to me, “All right, come on let’s finish strong,’” Bacha said. “I just knew, take shot by shot, hole by hole. I just kind of let myself do what I know I can and it all worked out.”
Starting on 14.
Striking the ball consistently throughout the tournament — he hit 16 greens in the final round — Bacha almost made an eagle putt on the par-5 14, but settled for a birdie. Then on 17, he drained a putt from about 35 yards out with a six-foot break that virtually sealed his victory.
“Not one you’re necessarily expecting to make, but rolled her in there, so that was good,” Bacha said of his putt on 17. “I finish strong in most of my events; ended up making two birdies on the way in and was able to pretty much get a big enough lead that I had room to work on the last holes.”
Benefitting Bacha during his three-day run to the title may have been the fact Talbot’s course resembled something closer to home.
“We have a course back home near me that pretty much is the same layout,” Bacha said. “It’s a little flatter here, so I really enjoyed the layout.”
Starting the day three back, Meisel, who rallied to win his first title in his first-ever AJGA event June 5-8 in Owensboro, Kentucky, was piecing together another comeback bid with a 33 on the front nine yesterday despite a bogey on 6.
“I actually played really well on the front,” Meisel said. “I hit my goal, which was three-under; birdied all the holes I wanted to (four on the front nine).”
Meisel, 14, continued his late charge, taking the lead on 13, but couldn’t answer Bacha’s final two birdies, settling for a final-round 69 for a three-day 214.
“On the back nine I hit a lot of good shots,” Meisel said. “Had a lot of really good opportunities. Just couldn’t hit any wedge shots and then missed a few putts.”
Cameron Piedra (Coral Gables, Fla.), who along with Garrett Engle (Harrisburg, Pa.) played with Bacha and Meisel in the final group, shot a 72 to finish third with a threeday 216. Grant Gobezie (Cleveland, Ohio), who fired a 71 yesterday, finished fourth (218), while Engle (74) was fifth at 219. Follow me on Twitter @Bill_Haufe. Email me at email@example.com
First-Team Women’s Lacrosse All-American Stephanie Lazo, center, with her father and mother, John and Sue Lazo of Stevensville. Lazo, who just graduated from Penn State University, was named Female Student Athlete of the Year, leading her team to the national semifinal game of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament for the second straight year.