Jake Mondy wins the 101st Virginia Amateur
Jake Mondy, of Blacksburg, Va., dropped a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to defeat Jordan Utley 1-up and win the Virginia Amateur Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville on June 28.
Mondy, who showed little emotion until the final putt was in the bottom of the cup, dropped his putter and raised his arms in victory as he claimed his second VSGA Amateur title in three years.
“You always dream about making putts like that on the last hole to win a big golf tournament,” said Mondy, whose first VSGA title came in 2012 at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach. “Being 4-up after the first 18, I didn’t want to have to make that putt (to win). But I’m glad I did. 20 years from now when I look back on it, it will probably be a pretty cool memory.”
Mondy had a distinct power advantage over 28-year old Utley and it was evident on final hole of the match. Utley hit first on the 561 yard par-5 18th hole and found the fairway giving Mondy an opportunity to show his strength off the tee.
“You know, of all the tee shots on the golf course, that one doesn’t fit my eye at all,” Mondy admitted. “It’s a beautiful hole, but standing on the tee, it’s a little awkward to me. If he (Utley) would have hit it in the water, or something like that, it would have been different. But he hit it down the middle, which helped me.
“I just stood over it and said, it’s your time. Just rip one down the middle – and I did,” said Mondy.
After hitting his second shot to 130-yards, Utley’s third found the front bunker while Mondy powered his second over the green into a back bunker.
Mondy said he hit the best bunker shot of his life, with the ball coming to rest six-feet to the left of the hole to set up the winning putt – and the rest is history.
“I’m fine losing holes like that, because it happens- its match play. He made birdie to win,” said Utley. “That’s the right way to do it. It’s unfortunate that I hit my third shot into the front bunker. His length wasn’t a factor most of the day, but it definitely was an advantage on No.18.”
“I’m golfed out,” said Mondy after his victory. “I’m going to get away from golf for a little while and savor this one, and give my body a rest.”
Mondy, who redshirted during his freshman year (2011-12) for Auburn, won his first individual title during his first start for The Tigers at The McLaughlin at the historic Bethpage State Park, when he posted an 8-under 202.
After a second place finish at the South Alabama Individual Tournament with a 2-over 144, Mondy went on to be named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.
“Jake’s win was very special as it was his first college tournament after redshirting his first season, and I know how hard he worked,” said Nick Clinard, Auburn’s head coach. “He is very coachable, a big-time player and is going to have an extraordinary career here at Auburn.”