Butler wins Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur title



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The mid-day lifestyle is an adjustment for golfers who have played throughout their teenage years and college golf, as it is necessary to have a work/golf balance once they hit the magic number 25 years old.

Andy Butler of the Huntingdon Valley Country Club personified that this week at the Country Club of Scranton, as he sat back on his first-round lead and completed a half-day shift before shooting a second-round 73 to finish at 138 (-6) and win the 29th Pennsylvania Middle Amateur Championship, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

With a tee time of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Butler didn’t come to the course early to dwell on the three-stroke lead he had heading into the final round of the championship.

“I worked 8-12 today,” Butler said. “I had a nice little half day of work and then changed my mind about golf at that point.”

Whatever he did, it worked, as Butler picked up a three-stroke victory for his first PAGA Championship. After parrying the first three holes, he really opened things up with an eagle on the 4th, a 514-yard par-5.

Butler’s drive on the No. 4 found the left rough, and at 248 yards he hit a 3-hybrid that tracked the flag but ended up about 10 feet short. He rolled into the eagle putt from there to further separate himself from the field.

He made a few bogeys which he called “good” on numbers 5 and 7. Then, protecting his lead, he played solid golf all the way, with every par until a bogey on the 36th and last hole. of the championship.

“I just wanted to start from scratch today and play a solid game of golf,” Butler, 26, said. “I figured if I did, I probably wouldn’t get caught.”

After crossing the front 9 to par, the end was in sight.

“I was really grinding at that point,” Butler said. “I just wanted to keep making pars and move on to the next hole.”

In the end, that was more than enough for Butler to win at one of the Commonwealth’s most famous tracks.

Three shots behind Butler at 141 (-3) was former Pennsylvania amateur champion Michael Brown, Jr., who shot rounds 71-70. In third place, John Barone of Glenmaura National Golf Club stood out. Barone and Brown were the only under par golfers in both rounds, as Barone shot 71-71 to finish at 2 under par.

Tied for fourth are Individual PAGA member Cody Cox and Blue Bell Country Club’s Daniel Oh tied. Defending champion Tug Maude tied for sixth at 2 over par 146.

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36-hole stroke play event open to all male amateur golfers who are members of Pennsylvania Golf Association clubs and are 25 years of age or older. Qualification is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria.

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