The Sun Trust State Open of Virginia came down to a high-level throw-down between mini-tour pro Cameron Yancey (Blackstone) and amateur Evan Beck (Virginia Beach). From holes No. 11 through No. 17 at Independence Country Club, at least one of the players made a birdie.
Then at No. 18, Beck made a pressure-packed five footer for the clinching par to win by one stroke. The 19-year-old Beck (65-67-70-66 – 268) not only tied the tournament record for the lowest winning score, set in 1991 by Robert Wrenn. But he also is believed to be the youngest winner of the Virginia Open since Chandler Harper (1932).
Beck, a sophomore this fall at Wake Forest, took the best Yancey (66-68-69-66 – 269) could dish out. When Yancey made consecutive birdies at holes No. 11 through 14, Beck answered with birdies of his own at No. 12 and 13 to stay within two shots.
Then Beck took command with birdie putts of 10 and 12 feet on the next two holes, while Yancey drove left and made bogey on both to fall two back.
Yancey sliced the deficit in half with a five-footer for birdie at No. 17, but at No. 18 his birdie try spun out of the cup and Beck clinched it.
Yancey’s consolation was a $6,600 check as low pro.
In the highly-competitive event, Haymarket amateur Scott Shingler finished at 9-under par (70-71-72-66 – 279), the low score among Northern Virginians, finishing in a tie for 10th.