In a field composed of mostly college players, it comes as no surprise to see a rising senior at Indiana University take the 114th Indiana Amateur Championship title. Nicholas Grubnich of Crown Point, Ind. began the week with a 3-under-par 69 and posted three out of four subpar rounds during the four day event, never relinquishing his lead. His even par 72 today gave him a three shot victory over former teammate David Mills of Evansville, Ind.
At the beginning of the week, Grubnich was striking the ball nearly flawlessly and as the week progressed he relied more on his short game.
"It was different each day,” Grubnich said. I was hitting the ball really well during the first two rounds. Towards the end of the week a few shots got away from me, but my short game saved me. This week different parts of my game were able to show through and I think that is reason why I was able to win.”
Grubnich and Mills played collegiate golf together and are friends on and off the golf course. Today, the duo proved untouchable and it was a two man race to the finish line.
"Having David in the lead group with me today made me feel more comfortable,” Grubnich said. "It’s always exciting to be in the final group and see who is able to handle their nerves and remain in contention. I knew it would be a two man race between David and I, and I am happy I was able to keep my nerves in check.”
This is Grubnich’s first IGA win and serves as a confidence booster as he heads into his senior season at Indiana University.
"I made some big strides this spring during my college tournaments and this reflects that,” Grubnich said. "I couldn’t be more excited to win this event. I am absolutely thrilled.
Hopefully I can continue to play well and have a breakout senior year.”
Grubnich finished the week with a four day total of 280, 8-under-par. He had a three shot lead heading to the par-5, 18th hole and was able to hit the green in two and make birdie.
"After I hit my second shot on 18, I looked at my mom and said ‘I think that should do it,’” Grubnich said. "At that point, I just enjoyed the walk up and tried to soak it all in.”
McCormick Clouser of Bluffton, Ind. finished third with a four day total of 289, 1-over-par.