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Maurer Holds Off Wright in Play-Off for State Open Title

July 14th, 2011

Walking to the 12th tee with a four shot lead in the final round of the Indiana State Open, Brian Maurer’s game plan was to let the field try to catch him.  Unfortunately, defending champion Chase Wright of Bloomington did.

“I had a lot of momentum coming off birdies on holes 9 and 10,” said Maurer.  “I was hitting the ball well but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall.” 

Bogeying three of the last four holes, Maurer found himself in a play-off for the second time in a few weeks. 

“I had to win a play-off last week at the John Deere Classic Monday Qualifier to earn a spot in the tournament,” said Maurer.  “It’s been a really emotional few weeks.”

A short par putt on the second play-off hole earned Maurer the victory.  “Chase did a fantastic job,” said Maurer.  “He is a great young player.”  Wright is a member of the Indiana University men’s golf team.

A Richmond native and 2009 Ball State graduate, Maurer was competing in his sixth Indiana State Open and third as a professional.  Growing up, Maurer dreamt of winning the Indiana State Amateur.  Now as a professional, Maurer had set his sights on the State Open.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” said Maurer.  “Awesome.”

With his runner-up finish, Wright secured low amateur honors.  David Carich and Quinn Griffing tied for low Club Professional.

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