Jesse Bull, 39, wins the 111th Minnesota Amateur
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jesse Bull birdied the final hole to win the 111th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship at Golden Valley Golf & Country Club. In doing so he became the first player since 1948 to win on his home course.
Bull’s 2-under 70 on Wednesday put him at 4 under for the tournament and gave him a one-stroke victory over second-place finisher, Erik Christopherson.
The 39-year-old Bull began the final round in second place, two shots off the lead after bogeys on Wednesday’s final three holes gave him a 1-over 73.
“I tried to forget about yesterday,” Bull said. “I thought about it a little bit last night and it was just one of those things you couldn’t really put a finger on. I learned a couple of things from it but I was looking forward to a fresh start today.”
Playing in the final group with Troy Johnson and Christopherson, all three players made birdie to open the round, however, each would find trouble on the greens.
“Having that comeback mentality kind of put me in a forward mindset to be smartly aggressive, but patient at the same time,” said Bull. “I didn’t have to go crazy at pins and in the end I was a little fortunate that no one else lit it up today.”
On the 15th hole, Bull put his approach to 15 feet and found the bottom of the cup with his putt to move into a tie for the lead. After rolling in pars on Nos. 16 and 17, Bull took a one-stroke lead after Christopherson made bogey on the 17th.
Going to the par-5 18th, Bull left his approach shot just short of the green but still in good position to get up and down for birdie. After Christopherson reached the green in two, his eagle putt moved right to left and stopped about 2 feet short of the hole giving Bull and opportunity to win the tournament with a birdie.
Chipping to 4 feet and keeping the ball below the hole, Bull rolled in his birdie putt to win his first amateur title.
“It’s huge and feels great,” Bull said of the victory. “In a weird way I feel like the older you get, the more you can put it together. At 39 it’s a little surprising to win your first amateur championship – to have a family and still be able to get the ball around feels really good.”
Troy Johnson, who led after the second day was disqualified after his final round for signing an incorrect scorecard.