BOWLING GREEN - Tyler McDaniel refused to let up in the final round of the 2013 Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Bowling Green Country Club on Thursday, June 20. With a three shot lead to begin the day, McDaniel birdied three of his first four holes and birdied No. 12 and No. 14 to become the youngest Amateur Champion with a final round 68 and a victory margin of six shots. After the round, when asked what the win meant to him, the standout junior golfer from Manchester smiled and said he genuinely had no idea. The magnitude of his accomplishment had not even sunken in yet. He was happy with his play and found Bowling Green Country Club to be in great shape and the greens to be more receptive than normal.
The 2011 champion and 2012 titlist, Patrick Newcomb of Benton, finished second with a final round 69. Newcomb birdied three of his last five holes to hold off a hard charging Matthew Zakutney, of Paducah, who fired the low round of the day (67) to finish third. The former two-time champion reflected after his round, saying that he felt he lost tournament with a difficult round on Wednesday. He explained he shot the same scores he did to win the last two championships. The young McDaniel fared extremely well over three rounds to win this year’s title.
McDaniel cleaned up in other areas as well, being recognized as the player with the lowest second round score, the low junior finisher in the field (Colonel Lee Read Award) and the low public links finisher (Uncle Joe Dickson Award). Clay Hinton of Elizabethtown was recognized for having the low first round score, as was Zakutney for his final round. Steve Humphrey of Lexington was recognized as the low senior finisher in the field (Herrald Kirkpatrick Award).