AMARILLO — David Bolen of Lubbock rolled in a 20-25 foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole Sunday at Amarillo Country Club to win the 90th Annual West Texas Men's Amateur for the second year in a row.
And, he did it the hard way this time as he edged fellow Lubbock player Tripp Wallace, who like Bolen completed 54 holes at 4-under 209.
In 2017 Bolen won this event by a whopping nine shots at his home course, Lubbock Country Club, thanks mainly to a second-round of 10-under 62 that gave him a commanding 5-shot lead entering the final round.
This time, Bolen never led until rolling in that birdie at the par 5 No. 18, which was played twice in the playoff.
He had a chance to win at the first extra hole but lipped out a birdie attempt from about 5-feet. This happened after Wallace made par after hitting his second shot into the water before hitting his fourth to about three to four feet, making the par putt.
Bolen opened this year's tournament on Friday by shooting 1-over 72 to trail first-round leader John Hunter by four shots. A second-round of 2-under 69 Saturday left him tied for third at 1-under 141 entering Sunday's concluding round in which he trailed Paul Gonzalez by three shots.
Gonzalez, a University of Texas-Arlington player, shot 4-under 67 Saturday to grab a one-shot lead over Southeastern Oklahoma State player Zach James, who shot 2-under 69 in round two.
Wallace, who began the final round tied for seventh at 1-over 143 following rounds of 69-74, played the front nine Sunday in 5-under 30 to actually grab the lead heading to the final nine holes. He played those final nine in even par figures, finishing a couple of groups in front of Bolen.
James and Perryton's Tate Allred just missed a possible playoff as each finished at 3-under 210 with James shooting a closing round of even-par 71 and Allred a 2-under 69.
Luke Kane, the winner of this event when it was played at ACC in 2010, and Gonzalez tied for fifth place at 2-under 211 as Kane shot a closing 1-under 70, while Gonzalez carded a 2-over 73.
Amarillo's Ralph Ellis won the Senior Division of this annual tournament by shooting a closing round of 4-under 67 to finish at 2-under 211. Ed Brooks, a former winner of the Open Division, was the Super Senior winner with rounds of 73-70-71 for a 1-over 214.
Jorey Knutson tied for eighth in the Open Division at even-par 213, while Derick Kelting tied for 12th at 1-over 214. Michael Hodson tied for 15th at 2-over 215 while Brock Buse and Codie Scott tied for 40th among Amarillo players that made the cut after 36 holes.