JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Alex Smalley captured the 65th annual Sunnehanna Amateur title Saturday afternoon, finishing the tournament with an 11-under 269.
One of the most notable amateur tournaments in golf, Smalley joined a historic list of winners that have taken the crown, including Duke alum Dick Siderowf, who won in 1961.
Through the first three days at the Sunnehanna Country Club (par 70, 6,868 yards), the Duke rising senior carded three rounds of under-par play (66-64-69), capping the weekend with an even 70 to stave off Oklahoma Sooner Quade Cummins who finished second just two strokes behind at nine-under.
There was not a day of the event that Smalley did not see himself in first by the conclusion, as the Wake Forest, N.C. local’s 10-under ledger through two rounds helped propel him to a strong second half.
Smalley captured 16 birdies in total, tied for second most among the entire field. His best round of the tournament came on day two, where he put together his bogeyless 64 that featured six of his sixteen birdies.
“It was a pretty good week obviously,” Smalley admitted. “I put two really good rounds together on Wednesday and Thursday and opened up a pretty good lead halfway through the tournament. I struggled a little bit early on in the third round but had some killer up and downs to keep the momentum going. Then in the final round I struggled on the par 3s but had another killer up and down on 10 to keep the momentum going and was able to hang on.”
Smalley’s Blue Devil teammate Chandler Eaton—also competing in the tournament—finished with a three-over 283. Posting rounds of 72, 71, 71 through the first three days, Eaton wrapped up the weekend with a solid 69 (-1) to push him to his final standing of T23.