Olympia’s Jarred Bossio is not the numb-your-brain analytical type, but he does have a theory on why he might be good at closing out golf tournaments with victories after holding the lead.
“I would like to say,” he said, “it’s because I handle pressure.”
Bossio enters today’s final round of the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur with a three-stroke lead. With an even-par 70 at Bandon Trails in Oregon on Thursday, he was one of nine golfers in the 76-player field to shoot par or better.
His 1-over 213 total is better than former University of Idaho teammate Matt Rawitzer (71), of Bellingham – his roommate this week at the tournament – and Penn standout Maxwell Marsico (69), of Las Vegas, both of whom are at 216.
“I am happy where I am sitting,” Bossio said. “But I’d rather have a 10-shot lead.”
The final round Friday will be played on Bandon Dunes.
He is chasing easily what would be his best victory as an amateur – and he has won plenty in the past 12 months, including wins at the Washington State Men’s Amateur and Tacoma City Amateur last summer, and at the Palouse Collegiate Invitational and the Winchester Classic in his senior season with the Vandals.
All four wins came after he led entering the final round.
Bossio, a Capital High graduate, had a four-shot lead at one point late in his third round Thursday, and was in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 16th hole with a chance to reach the green in two shots.
But his approach shot from 255 yards got caught up in a crosswind, and his golf ball landed in fescue grass so high and thick, he never found it.
He took a one-stroke penalty for a loss ball, and finished out the hole with a double bogey.
On the next hole, a par 3, he missed a 4-foot putt for par.
But on the 18th hole into the wind, his 8-iron from 135 yards landed on the back shelf of the green, and he finished by rolling in an 8-footer for birdie for his 70.
“I feel like I had an opportunity to give myself a large lead, but faltered kind of coming in,” Bossio said. “But I hit it great, and made just one mistake.”
Olympia’s Dominick Francks shot a 75 on Thursday, and is tied for 41st at 17-over 229.