DSGA Delaware Amateur title special for Evan Barbin

By Daily State News
Posted 6/26/24

WILMINGTON — Evan Barbin finished what he started on Wednesday evening.

The first-round leader, who was in second place entering the final round, pulled away down the stretch, to capture …

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DSGA Delaware Amateur title special for Evan Barbin


WILMINGTON — Evan Barbin finished what he started on Wednesday evening.

The first-round leader, who was in second place entering the final round, pulled away down the stretch, to capture the 73rd annual DSGA Delaware Amateur golf tournament.

The 20-year-old Barbin carded rounds of 69 and 66 to finish three strokes ahead of second-place Amory Davis at White Clay Creek Country Club.

The Chesapeake Bay Golf Club member finished 13-under par for the 72-hole tournament after being the only golfer to play all four rounds under par. His final-round 66 matched the lowest score of the event.

Davis, who led by three shots going into Wednesday’s final round, closed with rounds of 68 and 72.

Barbin, from Elkton, Md., is a former Red Lion Christian Academy standout. He’s a junior at Liberty University.

“Being the Delaware Amateur champion means everything to me right now,” Barbin was quoted on DSGA.com. “I’ve struggled for so long. My golf game never won me anything big. I’ve always loved this tournament. It is so close to home. This feeling is amazing. This means more than most people know.”

Barbin made the turn to the final nine four shots behind Davis. He walked to No. 11 with a one-shot lead.

Davis, the 2007 champion, ran into trouble on No. 10 (par 5, 582 yards). His drive sailed right into the penalty area. His third shot sailed into an environmentally-sensitive penalty area, a no-play zone.

Just inside the edge of it, Davis played from there and made what he thought would be a miraculous bogey when he chipped in for six.

But, on No. 12, Davis was told that he had been given a two-shot penalty by Official in Charge Grant Morse.

“They told us when the week started about these environmentally-sensitive areas of the golf course,” Davis was quoted on DSGA.com. “They are no-play zones. I was so in the moment that I wasn’t thinking to look for a stake. I saw a red line and assumed it was in a normal penalty area. I figured I could chop it out.

“I thought of the penalty like life. I am doing the best I can to control what I can control. If I dwell on it and make a scene, that is a waste of energy. Evan played great on the back nine.”

With the door now open, Barbin birdied No. 13, No. 14 and No. 18 to earn the victory. Davis birdied No. 18, as well, but it was too late.

Barbin sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to seal the victory.

“I was pretty numb when that putt went in,” Barbin was quoted. “It didn’t really hit me until my dad came over and whispered words of encouragement. It is a putt I won’t forget for the rest of my life. In a sense, it is going to change my life.”

The title earns Barbin a spot in the U.S. Amateur. He will join his older brother, Austin in the field.

Austin won the Philadelphia Amateur.

The 35-year-old Davis, the former Tatnall School standout who now lives in Sante Fe, N.M., is already in the field as a result of his New Mexico/West Texas Amateur title earlier this year.

73rd DSGA Delaware Amateur

WILMINGTON — The scores after Wednesday's third and fourth rounds on the final day of the 73rd annual Delaware Amateur, played at White Clay Creek Country Club (Par 72, 6,825 yards):

Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 69 71 69 66 275
Amory Davis, Bidermann Golf Club 70 68 68 72 278
Aaron Williams, Bayside Resort Golf Club 71 74 73 67 285
Alex Seelig, LedgeRock Golf Club 76 74 72 66 288
Jake Haberstumpf, LedgeRock Golf Club 78 72 66 72 288
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club 76 70 70 74 290
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club 77 72 75 68 292
Tyler Cleaves, USGA/GAP GC 78 69 73 72 292
Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club 79 69 73 72 293
Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club 77 73 73 72 295
Peyton Mussina, Williamsport Country Club 73 75 73 74 295
Connor McGarrity, Briarwood Golf Club 79 71 71 74 295
Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club 77 67 75 76 295
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club 75 76 74 71 296
Eli Shah, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75 75 74 72 296
Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club 81 68 75 72 296
Charlie Bundy, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association 73 74 75 74 296
Jackson Roman, Briarwood Golf Club 75 77 75 70 297
Jackson Debusschere, DuPont Country Club 78 75 75 70 298
Blake Micholas, Kings Creek Country Club 85 71 71 72 299
Lorenzo Sanz, Briarwood Golf Club 77 75 73 74 299
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club 77 74 72 76 299
Steve Cutler, USGA/GAP GC 79 73 74 75 301
Nick Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club 70 74 81 76 301
Matt Dolinsky, Galen Hall Golf Club 79 74 77 74 304
Michael Vital, Northampton Country Club 80 78 78 70 306
Hudson Pace, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 76 78 77 77 308
Nikita Romanov, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 80 77 78 74 309
Jack Irons, Medford Lakes Country Club 74 81 75 79 309
Logan Wagner, Bent Creek Country Club 79 77 81 75 312
Kyle Pritchard, Green Pond Country Club 85 74 78 76 313
Drew Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81 78 84 72 315
Michael Dignazio, Wilmington Country Club 82 77 76 81 316
Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club 80 79 80 79 318
Brian Zinman, USGA/GAP GC 79 75 80 85 319
Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 83 75 82 85 325
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 78 79 79 WD 236
Brandon Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 81 76 WD   157
Jacoby Chappa, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78 77 NS   155
WD – withdraw
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