Noah Edmondson of Davidson sank a long putt in a one-hole sudden-death playoff Thursday to win the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. Edmondson posted a final round 2-over-par 74 and a tournament total 8-under-par 208 to capture the boys title.
Organized by the American Junior Golf Association, the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship was a 54-hole competition on the par-72 Rivercut course. Seventy-two boys competed.
Edmondson, 15, finished his last hole in a tie with Grant Hirschman of Collierville, Tenn., at 8-under-par 208, which immediately sent them into a sudden-death playoff on the 18th hole. It was all Edmondson needed to clinch the title, according to a tournament recap from AJGA.
Both boys hit their first shots into the water, and second shots landed them both on the green. Edmondson won by making a 25-foot putt for par, while Hirschman missed his putt.
“It feels really cool,” Edmondson said. “I remember when I tapped my ball in on No. 18 I had a feeling there would be a playoff. Once I won the playoff it made the tournament win that much cooler.”
Edmondson attends Cannon School. He told the News-Leader in Springfield that he had a cheering section: His grandparents – Springfield residents Dave and Kathy Kunze. “I definitely wanted to play well, because my grandparents came out here to watch me in this heat, so I wanted to make them proud,” Edmondson said.
Aug. 3, 2012, Springfield, Mo., News-Leader, “Shot into water can’t sink champ at Rivercut Golf Course; Edmondson overcomes challenge to win Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Golf Championship boys division.”
American Junior Golf Association results and photos, AJGA.org