N.C. State’s Choi erases deficit, wins Monroe

Albin Choi

Albin Choi

North Carolina State’s Albin Choi overcame a four-shot deficit to Chase Wright with eight holes to go at the Monroe Invitational, then won the title on the second hole of a playoff June 18 at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

Choi, a Toronto native who recently completed his freshman season with the Wolfpack, trailed by two heading to the par-4 18th hole in regulation, but Wright bogeyed and Choi rolled in a clutch 20-footer for birdie.

Choi posted rounds of 68-68-68-67 for a 9-under 271 on the par-70 Donald Ross layout. Wright shot 68-71-65-67.

“I didn’t make a bogey for the last 36 holes, and that was my goal for the weekend,” Choi said. “This is definitely one of my best wins and I can’t wait to come back next year.”

Wright, who will be a senior at Indiana University, then missed a 4-foot par putt on the second playoff hole, also the 18th.

“I’m going to get on the plane and hopefully I’ll move on tomorrow morning,” Wright told the Democrat and Chronicle.

“It was hard to stay in it, but I kept telling myself par is a good score today, the scores aren’t going to be that low,” Choi told the Democrat and Chronicle. “I just held in there and I’m happy I made that putt at 18 (that sent it to a playoff).”

Chris Morris (68) of Centre College finished third at 6-under 274, and Anders Albertson (70) of Georgia Tech was fourth at 275.

This was the first year for a playoff since the tournament returned to a stroke-play format in 1998.

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