Straight A for Amorin in Rhode Island Mid-Amateur
Jordan Amorin walked to the final green knowing what he had to do.
His teammate and leader of the first day, Nick Hedden, had just stuffed his approach on the No. 18 (par 4, 420 yards) for a birdie tap-in.
Amorin needed to go up and down to win the par of a juicy lie.
Hitting a sensation shot under pressure is one of the most difficult shots in golf.
“I just wanted to get the chip on the green,” Amorin said. “In my mind I knew if I got it on the green I would have a putt to win no matter the distance.”
Amorin, the newcomer, hit the chip with two feet and delivered.
Amorin, helped by steady play and a relaxed demeanor, survived the field to win the 28th Rhode Island Mid-Amateur Tuesday at Ledgemont Country Club (par 71, 6,801 yards).
He was 3 under both days after a final round of 70. Hedden of Connecticut National Golf Club was 2 under after a final round of 73.
“It’s a special tournament to win,” said Amorin, 34, of Swansea, Mass. “It’s a whole different ball game as a Mid-Am. We work, we have families and we can’t golf as much as we used to. We love the game, but life gets in our way. We do. try our best to find the time to play and practice. I can’t golf six days a week. I have an amazing wife (Melissa) and an amazing 17 month old son, Paul. I love being with them.
Sitting two shots away from Hedden didn’t cause Amorin any stress.
“I liked the position I was in,” said Amorin, of the Crestwood Country Club. “I knew I wasn’t going to be doing a lot of bogeys so I felt my chances were good. I knew that if I was patient long enough, I would be able to wear down my competition and outlive them. When I was in pressure situations, I felt the nerves, but I just kissed them.
He was still trailing two more shots as they made the turn. But a clutch birdie on the No.10 (par 4, 386 yards), tied by Hedden, kept him two back.
There was a time when Amorin, Hedden and Kevin Blaser of Swansea Country Club were divided for the lead at 3 cents.
But the No.14 (par 4, 396 yards) was where Amorin felt the tournament was his.
“I was bumping into No. 14,” Amorin said. “I gave myself 60 yards for my second and I don’t like that distance at all. I bumped into my driver so badly that I defer to him, but it left me with annoying footage. I pulled off a good shot and almost made it.
Amorin raised a wedge of 58 degrees to nine feet.
But his best shot with the putter gave him a share of the lead after a bogey on No. 13 (by 4, 400 yards).
Blaser had lost momentum and Hedden continued to bugger. A tie for the lead was indeed a tie, but Amorin, in terms of momentum, said he felt in the lead.
Amorin said the shot of the day for him came on No.17 (par 4, 431 yards). Sitting in the right rough for his second, Amorin hit a magnificent 162-meter pitching wedge that floated in the clouds. His ground mark landed one foot from the hole but rolled 12 feet.
“I had a lot of quality shots on the home stretch,” said Amorin. “For someone like me who hasn’t played in a lot of these events, it shows what the Mid-Ams are capable of.”
As he claimed his first victory at RIGA, Amorin couldn’t help but notice that he had received over 50 text messages within minutes of his victory.
“Honestly, I hit the putt to gain the neck of the putter,” said Amorin. “I was lucky the putt curled up. I was happy. The first thing I did was text my wife. My phone started to explode.
Amorin started performing in RIGA events a little over a year ago. It exudes self-confidence and happiness. He relishes every moment and cherishes the opportunities to prove himself against the best players in the region.
“I kept telling myself that I would end up winning one of these events,” Amorin said. “I felt good before I took part in this event and I felt I could score well. You have to start somewhere. I just started here in Ledgemont. What a great feeling.
On the last day of summer, the Summer of Dean came out with a bang.
Dean Parziale capped off what has been a great summer for him and his collection of trophies.
Parziale, of Agawam Hunt, won the #RIMIdAm senior division on Tuesday at Ledgemont (by 71, 6,492 yards) for his second victory of the 2021 campaign.
He won the senior division of #RIStrokePlay at the Alpine Country Club in July.
His tally of 1 over two days was good enough for a two-stroke victory over Dr George Pirie of the Valley Country Club.
“For a very long time, I didn’t think I could ever win medal golf tournaments,” Parziale said. “This year has been a revelation for me.
“It’s not easy to win these tournaments. They are so difficult and require you to stay focused on each golf stroke. Mental error can cost you dearly.
Parziale did two key birdies on numbers 13 (par 4, 388 yards) and 16 (par 4, 422 yards) to give him the cushion he would ultimately need.
He hit a 140-iron 8-iron at one foot on No.13 and a 190-yard hybrid 5 at five feet on No.16.
“I’m definitely not as wild as I used to be,” Parziale said. “I’ve always struggled to keep the ball in play. But I’ve become more consistent as I get older. I don’t do as many big numbers. big numbers are a killer in stroke play. “
It was a much needed cushion. He bugged numbers 17 (par 4, 421 yards) and 18 (par 4, 404 yards) but that didn’t matter.
He rose to the top of the senior player of the year ranking. He holds a 65-point lead over Ledgemont’s Derek Johnson with the John P. Burke Memorial remaining.
“It’s a season as good as ever,” said Parziale, 61, of East Providence. “I’m proud of the way I played. It’s nice to win RIGA events because you know you’ve earned it.