Length has its advantages, and in Derek Barron’s case, it helped settle down an early bumpy ride in the final round of the Puget Sound Amateur at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Barron, of Tacoma, eagled the par-5 ninth hole en route to a final-round 2-over-par 73 to repeat as champion by eight strokes.
His 2-under 140 total beat Erik Hanson (74) by eight strokes.
“That (eagle) helped settle me down,” Barron said.
On that hole, Barron’s 4-iron approach from 220 yards landed pin high, and he rolled in a 20-foot putt for eagle.
Barron was the first champions to defend his title since Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley.
On the senior side, Tacoma’s Dave Farnam defended his title by defeating Seattle’s Larry Daniels on the second sudden-death playoff hole.