The guy who couldn’t win golf tournaments – he now seemingly can’t lose them.
Olympia’s Jarred Bossio made a near-miraculous par on the 16th hole, then finished up with two birdies to win the 81st Tacoma City Amateur at Tacoma Country and Golf Club.
The Capital High product closed with a 1-under-par 71 to overtake Californian Andrew Perez (73).
His 3-under 213 total was one stroke better than Californian Andrew Perez (73), who finished at 214. Seattle’s Sandy Vaughan (71) and Tacoma’s Kyle Pederson (73) tied for third at 216.
Olympia’s John Eisentrout (74) was in fifth alone at 218, and Lacey’s Jon McCaslin (76), the three-time Capitol City Amateur winner, ended up in fifth by himself at 219.
Defending champion Sean Packer (75), of Bonney Lake, tied for 11th at 222.
Bossio, who saw this same finishing order Thursday at the Washington State Amateur – he won, followed by Perez – had to pull out this win in a completely different manner. This time, he had to rally for it.
He made the turn at 1-under to catch Perez, survived a couple bogeys early on the back nine. But in an action-packed finish over the final three holes, he stood tallest.
After Perez made three consecutive bogeys at the 12th, 13th and 14th holes, he dropped back. And emerging as Bossio’s biggest threat was the unlikeliest challenger was Pederson, a Wilson High graduate in 2003.
Playing in Bossio’s group, Pederson overcame a bogey-bogey start with birdies at Nos. 10 and 11 to get to 1-over on his round.
And on the 16th green, it looked more than likely Pederson would grab a share of the lead as he faced a 30-foot birdie putt while Bossio – stuck in the right-side tree line – looked over a 50-foot putt for par.
“I had no idea (where I stood),” said Pederson, a part-time tournament golfer who caddies at Chambers Bay Golf Course. “I wasn’t even trying to think about any of that.”
Bossio muscled his putt up a slope and into the hole, and Pederson followed by three-putting for bogey for a two-shot swing.
But Bossio wasn’t completely out of the woods because Perez, playing in the group behind, chipped in for eagle at the 16th hole to grab a share of the lead.
Undeterred, Bossio struck his 4-iron on the uphill 226-yard, par-3 17th hole crisply, and on line. It landed pin-high, and rolled 12 feet past the hole. A few minutes later, he guided his birdie putt on mark for a birdie to retake a one-stroke advantage.
“That was probably the best swing I made (Sunday),” Bossio said. “And I knew I had to roll it in.”
On the finishing par 5, Bossio’s 5-iron approach from the right rough sailed over the green. But the 2008 Tacoma City Am winner delicately ran his chip down the slope just right of the hole, and coaxed in the 6-footer for a final birdie.
On that same hole, Perez was 35 yards from the green after his second shot. Needing an eagle to send it into a sudden-death playoff, his pitch shot was right on line, but never released and fell short of the cup.
“I thought if I could go 5 under on my last four holes, I would win,” Perez said. “That is the way golf is – you win some and you lose some. Unfortunately I had to lose. It is a rough loss.”