Blaum, Sutton claim only eagles at short 18th

BREMERTON, Wash. – The par-4 18th hole at Gold Mountain Golf Club is relatively short – at least for the majority of these long-hitting college guys. The official scorecard at this week’s Ping/Golfweek Invitational has it listed at 324 yards.

During Sunday’s first round, the hole played about 290 yards and, as expected, just about every player went bombs away for the green off the tee. Many found the putting surface and most were at least close by (of course, some also found the pond which guards the right side).

Still, of the 75 players in the field, only two managed to walk away with eagle-2s on their scorecards.

Mitchell Sutton of North Carolina State and Brent Blaum of LSU were the proud owners of those eagles. Sutton sank a 15-foot putt for his, while Blaum slid in a 3-footer.

Of the 15 teams, LSU played the closing hole the best. In addition to Blaum’s eagle, his four teammates each made birdie.

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