Hoosiers Finish '1-2' at Indiana Open
July 9, 2010
FRANKLIN, Ind. - Chase Wright, a rising junior on the IU Men's Golf team, and his assistant coach, Jamie Broce, placed the Hoosier name atop the 2010 Indiana Open leaderboard by finishing first and second, respectively.
It was the student's turn to show the teacher a thing or two as Wright dropped in a 20-foot putt on the 18th green of the final round to clinch the championship.
"I putted so solid all day," said Wright. "I hit it close and made a lot short putts, but that putt on 18 was pretty sweet."
"He was by far the best player out there today," said Coach Broce. "I am so proud of him."
Wright concluded the event at 15-under par with a four-round total of 273 at The Legends of Indiana golf course in Franklin . The Muncie, Ind., native opened the tournament with a 71 and 68 before sealing the deal with back-to-back 67s in the final 36 holes.
Broce, meanwhile, was the top professional in the tournament, carding rounds of 69-66-70-70 to finish 13-under.
After 16 holes, Wright held a two-stroke lead as he walked onto the 17th tee box. That edge disappeared, however, after his approach shot found the sand.
"I knew I had to just put it in the fairway," Wright thought heading into hole 18. "I was still tied for the lead, I hadn't given it up. I knew if I did something good, it would put it on [Jamie] to do something good."
Wright and Broce both executed well off the tee, placing their drives in the fairway. Two shots later though, Wright buried the 20-footer for the win.
"I have been teaching him for a few years now, and he has really developed and matured mentally since freshman year," said Coacb Broce. "He has made great strides. Today was a lot of fun."
For a more-detailed final round recap, click here, for the Indiana Golf's official release.
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