COLUMBUS, Ohio – TCU senior Hayden Springer from Trophy Club, Texas, briefly went into shock when he heard the roar from behind the 16th green on Friday in the final round of the 115th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. He had hit his 9-iron exactly where he wanted – to the left of the flagstick and well past it – knowing the sloped green funnels hard down to the right.

The shot spun back some 35 feet and finished in the bottom of the cup. The ace pushed Springer into a tie for the lead of the prestigious championship. Two pars on the final holes gave him a final round 4-under 68 and the coveted victory at Brookside Golf & Country Club.

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“That was incredible. I was not expecting it,” said Springer, who won by a single shot over incoming Texas freshman Pierceson Coody from Plano, Texas, and 2017 Augusta State graduate Jake Marriott from Naples, Fla. “That was my first hole in one in competition. It kind of felt like things were going my way after that.”

Indeed they were. On postcard-perfect weather day at an old-school course that demands accuracy and patience, no less than four players took turns holding the lead during the championship’s final 90 minutes. Low Mid-Amateur winner Justin Tereshko from Lexington, Ky., started the day with a two-shot lead and held it for much of the final day. Marriott birdied holes 10, 11 and 12 to tie Tereshko, who fell back with three back-nine bogeys. Coody moved the top of the leaderboard with his fourth birdie of the day, a tap-in on the 527-yard par-5 11th after he narrowly missed his eagle attempt.

Marriott pushed ahead again with a short birdie on the 15th. He was walking in the 17th fairway when he heard the gallery behind him on No. 16 cry out after Springer’s ace. It was the fourth hole-in-one on the picturesque, uphill par 3.

“Obviously, I knew what it was,” Marriott said. “I didn’t know who made it, though. I just tried to stick to my game plan and keep playing.”

Marriott missed his par putt on No. 17, which cracked the door open for Springer. He made a delicate up-and-down from the left side of the 17th green to make par. He finished in a way that would’ve made Ben Hogan proud: fairway, green, two-putt par for the championship. Springer shot 67-68 in the final two rounds to score the victory.

“This is the biggest accomplishment I’ve had in golf, and I’m going to remember it forever,” said Springer, who in 2016 won a four-for-one Monday Qualifier playoff and competed in the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. “I’ve dreamed of this for a long time and it means a lot to me. It really does.”

Springer now adds his name to the Trans-Miss Amateur Championship trophy next to the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw.

“It’s surreal,” Springer said. “I can’t even believe it.”

Marriott and Coody, who tied for second at 14-under 274, both said there were plenty of positives to take away from the week at Brookside. Marriott said he wanted to put himself into a position to win, and he did just that. Coody had a similar outlook.

“Coming down the stretch I knew what I had to do after I bogeyed No. 10,” said Coody, who in June won the AJGA’s Thunderbird Invitational. “I really had to focus and play well. I gave myself a lot of opportunities, but I didn’t quite capitalize on all my wedge shots. It was a solid week, and second place is never bad in a tournament this strong.”

Four players tied for fourth place, including Tereshko, Jacob Bridgeman from Inman, S.C., Haydn Barron from Perth, Australia, and Brandon Smith from Frisco, Texas. They all posted 12-under 276. Zander Lozano from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, shared third place with Mitchell Malcom from New Germany, South Africa, and Michael Perras from Pasadena, Texas.

The 2019 U.S. Walker Cup Captain Nathaniel Crosby was on hand for the championship. Crosby won the 1981 U.S. Amateur, which propelled him to earn a spot on the 1983 Walker Cup team that prevailed over Great Britain & Ireland at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Now he comes full circle, as he’ll lead the U.S. team next year at the same historic links course.

He said he enjoyed his time at Brookside while he watched some of the top amateurs in the country anticipation of building next year’s squad.

“Right now I’m trying to familiarize myself with some of the players who might be choices for the committee and me in a year and half so I can see how they progress,” Crosby said. “I’m trying to go to some of the best amateur golf tournaments right now. It’s fun to watch these amateurs play and progress as the move up the World Amateur Golf Rankings.”

It’s been a fantastic week at Brookside Golf & Country Club, and the Trans-Miss staff extends its most sincere appreciation to the club members and staff for all their hard work in making the tournament such a memorable event. Several Brookside members pitched in throughout the week with volunteer duties.

Extra special thanks are due to General Manager Matt Ruehling, Head Golf Professional Brad Zeitner and his great staff, Golf Course Superintendent Carl Wittenauer and his tireless grounds crew, Controller/Assistant GM Max Reed, Food and Beverage Director Jason Tewart, Beverage Manager Mike Turner, Executive Chef John Beck, Membership/Marketing Director Daniel Hug and Director of Events Callan Hash.

Additionally, we want to thank all our dedicated volunteers for their efforts throughout the week and the entire season. The Trans-Miss staff could not conduct these elite tournaments without a total team effort. We thank everyone involved.

For more information on the championship, click here.

115th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship

Brookside Golf & Country Club

Columbus, Ohio

July 13, 2018

FINAL RESULTS

 

Pos.       Player                                 Hometown         R1          R2          R3          R4          Total Gross

1             Springer, Hayden              Trophy Club, TX  70           68           67           68           273

T2           Coody, Pierceson             Plano, TX             66           71           68           69           274

T2           Marriott, Jake                   Naples, FL           70           65           71           68           274

T4           Bridgeman, Jacob             Inman, SC            74           67           66           69           276

T4           Barron, Haydn                   Perth, WA            71           69           70           66           276

T4           Tereshko, Justin                Lexington, KY     66           69           68           73           276

T4           Smith, Brandon                 Frisco, TX             67           77           66           66           276

T8           Lozano, Zander                 F.O. Ranch, TX    67           71           69           70           277

T8           Mitchell, Malcolm            Germany, KZN    71           69           68           69           277

T8           Perras, Michael                 Pasadena, TX      70           68           71           68           277

T11        Erickson, Dan                    C. Station, TX      70           70           67           71           278

T11        Winstead, Trey                  B. Rouge, LA       69           68           70           71           278

T13        Thomas, Chip                    Knoxville, TN      68           68           73           70           279

T13        Salinda, Isaiah                   San Fran, CA       64           75           71           69           279

T13        Smalley, Alex                     G’boro, NC          70           68           68           73           279

T13        Padgett, Wells                   Wichita, KS          72           70           67           70           279

T17        Lee, Walker                       Houston, TX        72           68           69           71           280

T17        Hale, William Blaine         Dallas, TX            71           69           70           70           280

T17        Barbaree, Philip                S’port, LA            71           72           68           69           280

T17        Hillier, Charles                   Lawrence, KS      75           68           68           69           280

T17        Laskin, David                     Elk Grove, CA      68           72           74           66           280

T22        Townsend, Gray                Dallas, TX            69           69           71           72           281

T22        Smith, Zach                        Goleta, CA           73           66           68           74           281

T24        Hutchins, Matt                  Naples, FL           70           65           76           71           282

T24        Morgan, Jediah                 H.Vale, QLD        72           67           70           73           282

T24        Vining, Tom                       Sioux Falls, SD    67           71           71           73           282

T24        Ieremia, Denzel                 Ames, IA              72           72           70           68           282

T28        Walker, Matthew             Ottumwa, IA       70           73           69           71           283

T28        Barker, Lachlan                 Willunga, SA       72           72           70           69           283

T28        Piot, James                        Canton, MI          73           69           72           69           283

T31        Bennett, Brett                   H. Beach, CA       71           67           74           72           284

T31        Spencer, Andy                   P. Village, KS       68           70           71           75           284

T31        Travale, Johnathan          Victoria, BC         70           74           67           73           284

T34        Lyras, John                         Sydney, NSW      69           71           70           75           285

T34        Ullestad, Trevor                Jewell, IA             71           67           73           74           285

T34        Artac, Wes                         Leander, TX         70           74           69           72           285

T37        Hutchison, Thomas          San Jose, CA       70           71           71           74           286

T37        Sanders, Michael              Davidson, NC      69           73           72           72           286

T37        Doyle, Ben                         La Jolla, CA         73           70           72           71           286

T37        Majors, Draegen               Tulsa, OK             73           71           71           71           286

T37        Williamson, Andrew         Plainview, TX      72           71           74           69           286

T42        Steyn, Marco                     C. Town, WC      70           71           72           74           287

T42        Cummins, Quade              W’ford, OK          72           71           72           72           287

T44        Squires, Austin                   Union, KY            72           69           74           73           288

T44        Barela, Griffin                    Lakewood, CO   73           70           71           74           288

T44        Ott, AJ                                 Fort Collins, CO  73           70           72           73           288

T44        Gore, Tanner                     El Paso, TX          75           68           76           69           288

T44        Larkin, Wyatt                     M’ton, GA           74           68           74           72           288

T44        Moorman, Alex                 Centerville, IA     72           72           73           71           288

T44        Painton, Spencer              Aurora, CO          74           70           71           73           288

T44        Wilcox, Sean                      Frisco, TX             71           73           72           72           288

T52        Cress, Michael                   C’bus, OH            72           68           75           74           289

T52        Sigel, Ben                           D’ven, MN           72           69           75           73           289

T52        Saulez, Matt                      N’ham Rd, KZN   71           73           73           72           289

T52        Anderson, Scott                C’bus, OH            71           73           71           74           289

T56        Korte, Chris                        Littleton, CO       70           74           75           71           290

T56        Staiano, Jake                     Cherry Hills, CO  75           69           74           72           290

T58        Soosman, Spencer            W. Village, CA    70           73           73           75           291

T58        Hahn, Jordan                     Spring Grove, IL 73           71           71           76           291

T58        Lowe, Matthew                F’dale, NY            71           71           72           77           291

T61        Coody, Parker                   Plano, TX             71           70           80           71           292

T61        Casey, Riley                       Tuscola, TX         69           75           75           73           292

T63        Gilkison, Josh                     Springboro, OH  72           72           76           73           293

T63        Hathcoat, Blake                Fresno, CA           72           72           72           77           293

T63        Fernandez, Ben                 Southlake, TX     72           70           75           76           293

T63        Vandette, Christopher     Victoria, BC         69           74           76           74           293

67           Reichert, Ben                     Tampa, NY          69           72           81           77           299

————————————MISSED THE CUT————————————-

               Burrows, Cody                  Chickasha, OK    72           73           145

               Callens, Peyton                 Victoria, BC         75           70           145

               Dunkle, Kyler                     Parker, CO           73           72           145

               Hitchner, Derek                 Minn’polis, MN  73           72           145

               Kinney, Tripp                      Ames, IA              70           75           145

               Mishoe, James                  Cary, NC              72           73           145

               Stevens, Sam                     Wichita, KS          70           75           145

               Wick, Josh                          Columbus, OH    73           72           145

               Cootes, Roy                       Rolling Hills, CA  75           70           145

               Fendt, Jake                         Suwanee, GA      68           77           145

               Furuya, Ryoto                    Iowa City, IA       73           72           145

               Grenus, Evan                     Glastonbury, CT 70           75           145

               Kozlowski, Jack                 Columbus, OH    72           73           145

               Seiple, Josh                        Castle Rock, CO 73           72           145

               Brereton, Darcy                Melbourne, VIC  75           71           146

               Hudson, Andrew               Fort Worth, TX   69           77           146

               Schlottman, Ben               Advance, NC       74           72           146

               Bergeron, Jacob               Slidell, LA             71           75           146

               Cox, Evan                           Ashland, KY         75           71           146

               Flavin, Patrick                    Highwood, IL      74           72           146

               Liston, Matt                       Louisville, KY       76           70           146

               Nikitas, Charlie                  Glenview, IL        75           71           146

               Ruiz, Luis                            Conway, SC         71           75           146

               Solomon, Camden            Dublin, OH           71           75           146

               Cover, Patrick                    Cornelius, NC     74           73           147

               Fredborg, Travis                Selkirk, MB          74           73           147

               Grayson, Elliott                 Shelby, NC           72           75           147

               McInroe, Travis                 Plano, TX             74           73           147

               Nome, Mason                   Houston, TX        75           72           147

               Werbylo, Trevor               Tucson, AZ          76           71           147

               Cheung, Matthew            Hong Kong, HK   70           77           147

               Johnson, Kaleb                  Naples, FL           73           74           147

               Lee, Henry                          Coquitlam, BC    74           73           147

               Morgan, David                  Naples, FL           75           72           147

               Wick, Justin                        Columbus, OH    74           73           147

               Yeom, Chris                       S. Orange, NJ      74           73           147

               Butler, Prescott                 Westbury, NY     74           74           148

               Gliege, Josh                       Eagle, ID              76           72           148

               James, Zach                       Whitesboro, TX  75           73           148

               Johnson, Tyler                   Knoxville, TN      70           78           148

               Kelley, Michael                  Westerville, OH  72           76           148

               Lowe, Logan                      G. Valley, CA       73           75           148

               Ohr, Brian                           Wheeling, IL       76           72           148

               Sargent, Billy Tom            G’town, KY          78           70           148

               Suppa, Kyle                        Honolulu, HI       72           76           148

               Walker, Andrew                Holt, MI               73           75           148

               Clark, James                      Fortson, GA         72           76           148

               Sear, Maxwell                   Unionville, ON    72           76           148

               Albin, Ben                           Santa Fe, NM      77           72           149

               Longbella, Thomas           Ch. Falls, WI        73           76           149

               Michel, Lukas                    Warragul, VIC     70           79           149

               Costello, Nicholas            Austin, TX            74           75           149

               Eklund, Jacob                    Carbondale, IL    71           78           149

               Kettler, Max                       Southlake, TX     78           71           149

               Reeves, Brad                     W’bridge, CA      75           74           149

               Yakubov, Connor              Columbus, OH    76           73           149

               Johnson, Thomas             Norman, OK        75           75           150

               Mattiace, Michael            Jacksonville, FL  75           75           150

               Murlick, Matt                    Winnetka, IL       76           74           150

               Lawson, Andrew               Dallas, TX            75           75           150

               Ramsey, Reese                  Austin, TX            75           75           150

               Grabeman, Kevin              Columbus, OH    74           77           151

               Kendziorski, Austin           G’town, WI         79           72           151

               Swanson, Josh                   Austin, TX            77           74           151

               Ishika, Koichiro                 Tempe, AZ           78           73           151

               Organisak, Matt                Sudbury, MA       74           77           151

               Tolan, Matt                        Eau Claire, WI    70           81           151

               Paxton, Easton                  Riverton, WY      76           76           152

               Woolsey, Noah                 Pleasanton, CA   75           77           152

               Luger, Thomas                  Leawood, KS       75           77           152

               Woon, U Minn                  Jacksonville, FL  79           73           152

               Tracy, Zach                        Houston, TX        76           79           155

               Connolly, Daniel               San Fran, CA       77           78           155

               Wood, Adam                     Zionsville, IN       77           79           156

               Yakubov, Evan                   Columbus, OH    76           83           159

               Elliott, Matt                       Columbus, OH    81           80           161

               Byrd, Marcus                     M’boro, TN         74           WD        WD

                                                                          

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