Of course, Andrew Putnam would call his big brother, Michael, soon after his shining victory at the 44th Pacific Coast Amateur at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon.
He received congratulations.
Then he offered condolences.
“I told him the course was set up a little tougher than when he won (the 2004 Pacific Amateur) here,” Putnam said.
Putnam’s closing 1-under-par 70 gave him a 7-under 277 total – good enough for a four-stroke victory over California golfer Daniel Miernicki (68), and five shots better than a pair of standouts, Olympia’s Cameron Peck (67) and Australia’s Matthew Stieger (69).
It was the Pepperdine senior-to-be’s first tournament victory since leaving Life Christian Academy in 2007.
“I’m on the right track heading into (the U.S. Amateur),” Putnam said.
He started off with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 first hole Friday, and then added another one on a 15-foot putt at the par-5 sixth.
“No one was coming at me,” Putnam said.
Except for Peck, who made four birdies on the front nine and turned in 30. But a double bogey at the par-4 16th ended his bid.