PITTSGROVE, NJ, May 22, 2021 — Evan Barbin shoots 73 to win Medalist honors in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying tournament at Running Deer Golf Club.
“I made some mistakes on the front nine, but I bounced back. I drove it really well on the back nine,” he said. “I didn’t miss a shot on the back nine. It was awesome. I just got an energy boost. I got confident with my driver. Every time I got up to my ball, I knew I was going to rip it straight down the middle.
On No. 15 (par 4, 337 yards), Barbin found fescue left with a 3-iron off the tee. Torn between a 55-degree and 60-degree wedge, he settled on the latter. It paid off. Barbin’s 60-degree wedge landed softly in the bowl and stopped 15 feet from the hole location. He buried the birdie putt. On No. 17 (par 5, 510 yards), Barbin hit a 5-iron 210 yards to 20 feet above the flagstick. A precise lag — a necessary tool on Running Deer’s treacherous greens — facilitated a two-footer for birdie. Barbin also inked red on Nos. 6 (par 4, 400 yards) and 9 (par 5, 518 yards): a wedge 80 yards to feet on the former, a high-cut 4-iron 215 yards to 35 feet on the latter. Again, a precise lag putt on No. 9 did the birdie trick.
“I’m happy with how I played today. It was solid,” Barbin said. My swing’s coming along pretty nicely. I think I need to tighten up my chipping around the greens. Moving forward going to the Philadelphia Amateur, I’m pretty confident. I’m excited with where my game’s going.”
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