John Sawin won the Stocker Cup on Oct. 26 thanks in large part to a final-round 5-under 67 at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. The round allowed him to overtake three-time defending champion Kevin Marsh.
Sawin, 22, trailed Marsh by two shots at the beginning of the final round but said the round felt like match play against Marsh. Sawin eagled the eighth hole and birdied Nos. 9 and 10. As Marsh stumbled, Sawin turned a two-shot deficit into a four-shot lead.
“I had a sense that I had a good lead so I thought then that pars would do it,” he said. Sawin decided to play it safe rather than chase a course-record 65. He posted an 8-under 208 for 54 holes as Marsh came in with 4-under 212.
Sawin, a Princeton alum, has won a handful of club championships at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia, site of this year’s U.S. Open, and also won the 2013 San Francisco Golf Club Championship. Sawin played in the U.S. Amateur earlier this year.
Marsh, meanwhile, was trying to become the first four-time winner in the history of the event.
“I didn’t play well today,” he said. “But that’s my game right now. Good some days and bad the next.”
Randy Haag and Joe Sanders tied for third, a shot behind Marsh, and Brady Exber was solo fifth another shot behind that.
Information from the Stocker Cup used in this report