Purdue golfer Adam Schenk was a wire-to-wire winner of the 2013 Indiana Amateur Championship, contested June 17-20 at the South Bend Country Club.
Schenk entered the final round with just a one shot lead after faltering over his final nine holes of the third round. He shot 68 Thursday to finish the four-round tournament 5-under par as the only competitor to finish the tournament under par. Of the top 6 players on the leaderboard entering the final round, the next lowest score was Sean Rowen's 73.
Schenk began his final round with a bogey 5 on the short 316 yard, opening par 4. He quickly rebounded with a birdie on the par 4, second hole and then added five straight pars that allowed him to hang on to a slim two-shot lead.
After a birdie on the 361 yard, 8th hole he drove the green on the 316 yard, par 4, 9th then sank the 25-foot downhill eagle putt. The eagle gave the Vincennes resident and rising Purdue senior a five-shot cushion entering the final nine holes.
"The eagle was very important and I knew I had hit the putt too hard," Schenk said. "But it ended up going right in the middle and it was definitely nice to see that one disappear. The sand save on 10 was nice as well."
The memories of his back nine collapse in the third round did not appear to phase Schenk as he put together a solid even par performance over his last nine holes. The result was a 3-under-par 68 for his third sub-par round of the event and an easy seven-shot victory.
"I had a really good lead yesterday and lost it," Schenk said. "I just tried to stay in the present today and keep my head down. I set myself up good yesterday and I gave it all away and I told myself I wouldn't do that again."
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