Exeter graduate Alex Seelig capped off his summer in exciting fashion on Sunday, birding the 18th hole to win the Berks County Golf Association Amateur Championship in one shot at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.

Seelig finished the tournament at 6 under (210), just one stroke ahead of runner-up RJ Wren, who finished at 5 under (211). Winner of the Berks County Golf Association Match Play Championship in May, Seelig shot 4 under (68) on Sunday to claim another tournament title.

Wren finished the third and final lap within 2 (70) to take second place. Defending champion Chris Storck, who entered the day with a one shot lead over Wren at 4 under (140), finished third at 3 under (213) after shooting 1 over par (73) at the last turn on Sunday.

“I just want to say thank you to Chris and RJ and everyone; they played incredibly good golf,” Seelig said. “It’s been a lot of fun the last few days, especially playing with Chris for the three days. They’re all great competitors and I really enjoyed the time this weekend.

Alex Seelig shot a 4 under (68) in the final round of the BCGA Amateur Championship to win the title.

The tournament culminated in a dramatic final on Sunday, as Seelig held a one-shot lead over Wren heading into the final hole. Wren edged Seelig and found the green with his next shot for an eagle look, while Seelig had to play conservatively after slicing his tee shot to the left.

After a fairway layup and a solid approach shot, Seelig was on the green in three. Wren missed a long eagle putt, which gave Seelig an opportunity on a medium-length birdie putt to claim the title.

With his family and several spectators nearby, Seelig seized the opportunity and sank the 11-foot putt with ease.

“It was a bit stressful, (because) I didn’t know if I should hit the driver or three wood off the tee, but (I) went with the driver and shot a little,” Seelig said. “I had a number to the front of the green for my second shot, but I was a front and thought I’d try and birdie the hard way.

“I just played it conservatively, hit a really nice corner in there for my third and it (the putt) went all the way.”

Seelig tied Storck at 5 under after birdieing the par-5 No. 11. Storck bogged the No. 12 to give Seelig the lead he would keep forever.

Starting the day at 2 under the weekend, Seelig recorded his only bogey of the day on the No. 3 before birdie on the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 8 to post a 34 on the nine of head. After shooting a 1-over (73) on Saturday — which could have been worse had he not scored an eagle on the No. 18 — Seelig knew having success with the putter would be key on Sunday.

“I knew more putts had to be played today,” Seelig said. “You can’t really do bogeys with Chris and RJ either. They’re going to play well, so I just tried my best not to make any mistakes.

RJ Wren shoots a 2-under 70 in the final round of the BCGA Amateur Championship.
RJ Wren shoots a 2 under (70) in the final round of the BCGA Amateur Championship.

The short game proved vital for Seelig, a rising senior at Robert Morris, as he made multiple clutch chips and par-putts to get out of tight spots. After hitting a branch with his tee shot on par-3 #13, Seelig found his ball in the rough inches from the base of a tree.

Seelig, who had hit his ball out of a bunker and only yards from the pin on No. 11 to prepare for the birdie, would not be deterred by the difficult lie on No. 13 and hit the green with his approach. before doing par.

“I really think that (his short game) saved me a bit,” Seelig said. “The one I hit on 13 was probably my best shot of the day, the second shot on the green, but honestly the short game was pretty solid and I mean the putts I made to follow up, the four or five feet to keep it (advance), those are the big ones.

Fourth-placed Brandon Raihl tied Seelig for the final-round top score by posting a 4-under (68) and ending his weekend at 2-under (214).

Additionally, with the win, Seelig joins his great-grandfather, Dominic Foscone, as the BCGA Amateur Champion. Foscone won the tournament in 1950 and 1952.

With two BCGA wins under his belt, Seelig noted that his wins over the past few months give him confidence heading into his senior season at Robert Morris.

“It definitely gives me a bit of confidence,” Seelig said. “Any win is a good win, but it’s a good competition here. There are very good players. So I wanted to finish the job today and hopefully that means I can win some college tournaments this fall and that’s what I’m looking forward to. This is really a good boost for the school year.