Joe Jaspers is the first to admit he’s never had an easy time in each of his previous five wins in the Charlotte City Amateur golf tournament.
Getting No. 6 wasn’t any different, as Jaspers needed a lucky break on the final hole Sunday at the Carolina Golf Club to win the City Amateur title again.
Jaspers, 50, shot a 2-under-par 69 and finished the three-day tournament at 8-under 206, two strokes ahead of Matt Kilgo and Will Oldham.
“None of them have been easy,” said Jaspers, who also won City Amateur titles in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2014. “And today, we were neck and neck all day long. There wasn’t a time where anybody dropped off and had to rally back, until the last hole.”
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Jaspers was tied for the lead with Kilgo - who held a one-shot lead after the first two rounds - as they headed to the par-4 No. 18 at Carolina Golf Club.
While Jaspers saved par on the hole, Kilgo put his second shot into the lake fronting the 18th green. He took a drop and one-shot penalty, finishing the round with a double bogey.
That left Kilgo with a 1-over 72 for the round, and 6-under 208 for the tournament to tie Oldham, who shot 1-under 70 Sunday.
Three who mattered
Joe Jaspers: Won his sixth Charlotte City Amateur title by displaying consistency . He was the only player to shoot under 70 in all three rounds, and one of three to shoot under par.
Matt Kilgo: The second-round leader after posting 68s at Providence Country Club and Myers Park Country Club, he was in the hunt to win his first City Amateur until a costly double bogey on No. 18 Sunday.
John Eades: The 2010 City Amateur champion had the low round of the tournament Sunday, shooting a 5-under 66 to climb into a tie for fourth at 4-under 210 with Jake McGlone. Eades made five birdies in the round, including three straight on No. 6-8.
Barry Dyche, the 2015 City Amateur champion, shot a 3-over 74 and fell into a tie for sixth at 2-under 212 with 2011 champion Brett Boner (69) and Will Stewart (70). … Two other past champions were in the 24-player final-day field. Nolan Mills, the 2009 winner, shot an even-par 71 to finish at 1-over 215, tying for 12th with 2008 winner Ron Kirkpatrick (74) and Bailey Patrick (73). ... Dick Stimart is second behind Jaspers with four City Amateur titles (1985, 1988, 1992,2002)