Joe Jaspers sunk a 25-foot par putt on the 18th green to put an exclamation mark on his final round Sunday as he captured his fifth Charlotte City Amateur Golf Tournament.
Jaspers finished the final round at Quail Hollow Club with a 2-under par 70 to capture the 2014 event with a three-round 7-under 208. The 24 golfers in Sunday’s final round faced the identical pin placements from the 2014 Wells Fargo final round.
Jaspers received the “Ron Green Sr.” trophy for winning the tournament, with the hardware named after the long-time Charlotte Observer golf writer and columnist. Green was in attendance Sunday at Quail Hollow for the trophy presentation.
Chase Sargent, one stoke off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round, shot an even-par 72 to finish in second place two stokes behind Jaspers at 210. The 2012 Charlotte City Amateur winner, John Eades, carded a 2-under 70 to finish third at 211.
Jaspers won the tournament for the first time since 2004. The 48-year old also won in 1997, 1998 and 2000, and including Sunday’s win his victories have spanned three decades.
Although Jaspers hadn’t won since 2004, he’s finished in second place three times the past several years. “This is a special win,” said Jaspers. “I was getting the bounces today and that’s what it takes sometimes. I haven’t played that well for three days in a row ever.”
Someone who didn’t get the final-round bounces was 18-year old Peyton White, who led after both the first and second rounds but couldn’t find his game Sunday. White finished his final round with a 4-over par 76 and three-round total of 213 to share fourth place with Andy Simmons, Vince Sumner, Jake McGlone and Mayson Petty.
“My goal coming into this tournament was to make it to Sunday,” White said. “Today I bogeyed the first hole and then never quite got anything going. I didn’t make any birdies. Joe played fantastic and didn’t miss a shot today.”
Eades had a chance to challenge Jaspers late. He was 6-under par after 15 holes but bogeyed 16 and never recovered. Eades and Jaspers were the only golfers to shoot under par Sunday.
Tournament director Braxton McLennan talked about the tremendous growth of the event the past several years. “This was over the top,” McLennan said. “The field has gone to a new level. The great courses that we played and then to finish at Quail Hollow, we couldn’t be happier.”