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Hole-in-one, late eagle propel Prugh to Rosauers title

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on July 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm with No Comments »
July 17, 2011 8:15 pm

Spokane’s Corey Prugh was on his home turf, so to speak, and got all the bounces needed Sunday to capture the 24th Rosauers Open at Indian Canyon Golf Course.

Prugh, the assistant professional at nearby Manitou Golf and Country Club, shot 8-under-par 63, aided by a hole-in-one at the eighth hole, to become the event’s first multiple winner since Blaine’s Jeff Coston (2006, 2008). The 30-year-old also won in 2009.

His 19-under 194 total was good enough for a two-stroke victory over reigning Washington Open Invitational champion Tim Feenstra (66), who finished at 196. Sumner’s Brian Thornton (66) was in third alone at 197.

Puyallup’s Derek Barron (68) won low amateur honors at 201, placing fifth overall.

Prugh’s 4-iron tee shot on the 224-yard, par-3 eighth took two bounces and dropped it for an ace.

He also birdied No. 17, then rolled in a 6-foot putt on the finishing hole for an eagle to break a tie with Feenstra. He took home $11,000 for the victory.

“I hit three really good shots (for the eagle),” Prugh said. “Couldn’t happen at a better time.”

Prugh set the tournament scoring record at 192 in 2009.

“This didn’t work out perfectly,” Prugh said, “but it worked out pretty well.”

Meanwhile Thornton, who started off slow, including a bogey at the fifth hole, finished with a flurry of birdies at the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to record a career-best showing at this event.

“Sixteen under, many years it can be a winner here,” said Thornton, the teaching professional at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. “But with what Corey has done, and Tim … I guess it’s not good enough these days.”

Barron also had a birdie-birdie finish, but stumbled on the 16th hole when he tried a punch shot from underneath the tree that hit overhanging limbs, leading to a double bogey.

He played 52 of the 54 holes in par or better.

“Another solid round today,” Barron said. “I feel good about how I am playing going into U.S. Amateur qualifying (Aug. 1 at Aldarra Golf Club).”

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