William Mirams rallies to win the 24th annual Northeast Pennsylvania Amateur Stroke Play Championship
April 30, 2019
POLK TWP. — William Mirams of Stroud Township staged a final-round rally Sunday to win the 24th annual Northeast Pennsylvania Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Hideaway Hills Golf Club.
Mirams, a 17-year-old senior at Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg High School, shot a 36-hole score of 8-over-par 81-71–152 to win the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Headed to the University of Delaware in the fall on a partial golf scholarship, Mirams was the 2018 PIAA 2A state champion. He is the only boys golfer in District 11 history to win four consecutive District 11 boys golf titles.
Dan Joseph, a 44-year-old Cranford, NJ resident, finished in second place at 76-77–153.
Joseph, the 2017 runner-up, three-putt from 16 feet for a bogey on the par-5 18th hole. Playing one group behind Mirams, Joseph ran the potential tournament-winning birdie putt attempt three feet passed the cup, then missed the 3-foot par putt to force a playoff.
Tom Egolf of Allentown was third at 77-77–154. First round leader Sal Picone of Palmer Township was fifth with a 72-83–155.
Trailing first-round leader Picone by nine strokes entering Sunday’s final round, Mirams shot even-par 36 on the front nine Sunday to pull into a tied for third place at 9-over-par; five strokes behind Picone, who shot 40 on the front nine.
Playing one group ahead of Picone, Mirams birdied the par-5 10th and par-4 15th holes to grab a share of the lead at 8-over-par with Joseph. Picone double bogeyed the 15th hole hole to trail the leaders by one stroke.
Mirams bogeyed the par-4 17th hole to fall one shot behind Joseph, but birdied the par-5 18th hole to post an 8-over-par score.
Joseph, who said afterwards he felt that he needed to make his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the tournament, bogeyed the final hole to lose by a stroke.
For the final round, Mirams hit only 8 out of 18 greens in regulation, but he scrambled for par six times en route to taking just 27 putts.
“I had a lot of up and downs (for par) today,” said Mirams, who plans to study biomedical sciences at Delaware. “I was feeling the chips out, and basically making everything inside of 10 feet today. My driving was pretty good. Chipping and putting was the big key.”
24th annual Northeast PA Amateur Stroke PlayChampionship
Hideaway Hills Golf Club (par 72)
Final 36-hole scores:
1. William Mirams 81-71-152 (8-over-par); 2. Dan Joseph 76-77-153; 3. Tom Egolf 77-77-154; 4. Sal Picone 72-83-155; 5. John Olszewski 79-77-156; 6. Chad Hess 83-78-161; 7-T. Andrew Frank 82-82-164, Rich Fryer 80-84-164.
1. Connor Vanin 85-76-161; 2. Robert Schubach 84-80-164; 3. Scott Spence 86-82-168; 4. Andrew Lykon 85-85-170.
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