Dylan McDermott finished a strong final third of 2021 on the golf course on a very high note winning the Grapevine Amateur, a 54-hole Troon Saguaro Amateur Series event that ran Tuesday through Thursday on the North Course of the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.
McDermott, who is from Granite Bay in Placer County, played in all five tournaments during the fall season in September and October as a rookie for the University of Colorado men’s golf team.
“He’s a spectacular player,” said Roy Edwards, Colorado head coach. “He’s been a joy to have on the program for this season and he has an incredible future ahead of him. He can be a really special player.
“What drew us to Dylan was you could tell he had an incredible determination to be good. When we spoke to him we talked to a guy who knew how to play the game and what was important to playing the game – which you don’t get very often with 16 and 17. And that usually results in someone who is going to improve very quickly and become a really good player.
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“And then once on campus, just his competitiveness and his work ethic – he’s relatively fearless there. These are all recipes for success.
McDermott’s victory was achieved end to end. He was leading by a two-stroke margin after shooting a 68 of 4 under par in the first round on Tuesday. He took a one-shot lead in the final round after shooting a 75 in the second round. He was solid in the final round on Thursday, posting a 71 score for a one-stroke victory over two players, Trey Davis of Plumas Lake in Yuba County and Davis McDowell of San Rafael.
McDermott, a 2021 Granite Bay High School graduate, finished the Amateur Grapevine with a total of 2 under par 214. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place both fairways and roughs due mild and humid conditions caused by recent rains in the region.
The weather for the week added to the already difficult conditions.
It was cold with overcast skies and a high temperature of 41 for the first lap.
It was cool with intermittent rain for most of the day, with a high temperature of 47, westerly winds between 5 and 10 mph, and brief sunshine late in the second lap.
It was cool again with partly cloudy skies, some sun, a light breeze and temperatures below 50 degrees on Thursday.
“Everyone has to face it,” McDermott, 18, said of the weather. “You just have to know it, so you can’t come up with any excuses or anything. You just have to go out and play your own game and luckily I played pretty well this week.
McDermott, the 2018-19 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, saved par on the 187-yard, par-3 15th hole when his pitch from the green came to a halt within a foot of the pin. It was one of the key hits of his tour.
“I just wanted to get started. So I put it back in my position and just let it go its own way, ”he said. “He was just a low runner type. I felt pretty comfortable with that, because it’s just a shot where if you put it in a line it will take its own way all the way to the hole.
McDermott birdieed the 16th hole for 521 yards at par 5 as his approach shot landed five feet from the hole.
“It was the key in the home stretch, because Davis was really racing there,” McDermott said. “It kind of helped me feel like I could really get him out.”
He made pars on n ° 17 and 18.
His last round also featured birdies on the fifth hole of 536 par 5 yards and the ninth hole of 521 yards by 5.
His only bogeys of the day came at the sixth hole of 431 yards by 4 and the 13th hole of 413 yards by 413.
Edwards, President of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, later presented him with the tournament trophy. The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series is a world-ranked amateur tournament series of 10 events in 2021-2022. The Grapevine Amateur is the ninth event in the 2021-22 series. The series concludes with the 2022 Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona, January 3-5.
“I would say overall I played pretty well,” said McDermott, named to the All-Sierra Foothill League team for Granite Bay. “It’s just my putting that I really struggled with. And so in the home stretch there was definitely a bit of nerve stress on some of those putts. But I felt good about all the other parts of my game.
The key, McDermott said, was to keep the ball in the fairway and not worry about the distance, due to the conditions.
“It was just really trying to keep it in play,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about distance at all because nobody’s going to get a lot of distance because it’s so wet. I was just trying to hit the fairways.
“The challenge was really the greens. They had really hard pins.
It was McDermott’s first time playing for Silverado, host of the Fortinet PGA Tour Championship in September. He was at Silverado in October 2015 to attend the Frys.com Open, a PGA Tour event.
“It was the first professional tournament in which I participated. It’s really exciting to play the course and to win here, ”he said.
“I haven’t played the best in the past two weeks. I was a little nervous about this. But I feel like I always play better in tournaments anyway. So I was happy to come here and prove it to myself.
“I would say my second round was uncertain. I struggled there, didn’t put too many putts and had a few stray workouts which really hurt me because I’m a smaller hitter. But I ended up going out today and played a lot better and hit almost every fairway. So it was good. “
The Grapevine Amateur had 105 players – a combination of college and junior players and amateurs. This is the fourth Troon Saguaro Amateur Series event at Silverado in the past three years.
Rules officials from the Northern California Golf Association were on hand for the event. The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series events are slated for Silverado in July and December 2022.
“The players love it. It’s a great test of golf. A great experience for everyone, ”said Edwards.
“It’s amazing, actually, how in good condition the golf course is considering the rain and what they had to do to get ready. Great job from the staff (Silverado). Everything was on top. So really a feeling of championship for the players as they fought in these conditions. As a result, you get better scores today. Awesome golf. It’s a tough golf course anyway so when you add the conditions to it it really makes it tough for these guys.
There were 14 players with less than four nods before the final round.
Davis (70-74-71 – 215) and McDowell (71-73-71 – 215) finished tied for second at under 1. McDowell finished with birdies at No.15, 16 and 18. Davis a birdies at n ° 16 and 18.
Griffin Rhoads of Huntington Beach (73-75-69 – 217), Brendan Gonzalez of Orange, CA (75-71-71 – 217), Jaden Cantafio of Orange, CA (72-73-72 – 217) and Shane French de San Diego (75-71-71 – 217) is tied for fourth.
Mark Stephens of Davis (73-74-71 – 218) and Ngai (Kelvin) Si of Macau (73-74-71 – 218) tied for eighth.
Marc Engellenner of Rocklin (74-76-69 – 219), Phillip Kench of Del Mar (75-73-71 – 219) and Lincoln Melcher of Burbank (75-71-73 – 219) tied for 10th.
“It’s really great ground here,” said Edwards. “Seeing all of these players compete here at Silverado has been great, and seeing Dylan win over all of these guys is special. He’s run the wire here, which is hard to do anywhere.
“To lead end to end, on a very difficult track, and to win with a lot of guys chasing him is incredible. He’s a future superstar, that’s for sure.
Engellenner, winner of the 100th Sacramento City Men’s Golf Championship in June at Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Resort, agrees with Edwards.
“I’ve had the chance to play against him a few times, both at my club, at Catta Verdera (Country Club in Lincoln) and we’ve been matched up in tournaments. Fantastic child. Good, wonderful attitude. Great things are in his future. Not just today, ”said Engellenner, a resident of Rocklin (Placer County).
“To have someone this young who is this experienced and this good is really something that is more expected of a junior or senior in college. It’s a bright future for him.
McDermott holds two third places at the Sacramento City Men’s Championship.
McDermott competed in the California Amateur Championship in June at the Preserve Golf Course in Carmel and the US Junior Amateur, a US Golf Association event, in July at the Country Club of North Carolina, Village of Pinehurst, NC
McDermott has twice finished in the top 10 for Colorado.
He finished third at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic in October at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana.
He tied for eighth in September at the Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational at the US Air Force Academy on the Eisenhower Blue Course and Eisenhower Silver Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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