Pepperdine’s Menante Wins Northeast Am

Dylan Menante helped Pepperdine win the NCAA Championship recently and hasn’t slowed down.

Menante, a Waves junior from Carlsbad, captured the 59th Northeast Amateur Championship by two strokes over Jerri Ji of the Netherlands at Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence, R.I.

“This win has been a long time in the making,” said the 20-year-old Menante, who was the 2021 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and made the all-conference team. “I have had four second-place finishes this year and lost in a playoff three times. I was happy I didn’t have to go into a playoff.

“This tournament is top five in the world of amateur golf. I am so honored to win. I didn’t have my best game on the front nine, but my short game helped keep my round together. I was surprised with how patient I stayed out there.

“But winning the National Championship and winning the Northeast Amateur has proven to everyone that I belong here.”

Menante, who said he hit driver off the tee on 13 holes, carded a score of 68-66-66-67—267, 9-under-par, while Ji was second at 70-68-67-64—269.

Conner Howe of Ogden, Utah, shot 70-68-67-65—270 to tie for third with Joe Weiler of Bloomington, Ind., who finished at 71-65-66-68—270, while Garrett Barber of Stuart, Fla., totaled 72-68-65-67—272 to tie for fifth with Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Wash, who finished at 69-66-66-71—272, and Davis Chatfield of Attleboro, Maine, who wound up at 68-69-65-70—272.

Noah Norton of Chico and Georgia Tech shot 68-68-65-72—273 to tie for eighth with Hunter Walcott of Burns, Tenn., who finished at 68-67-69-69—273, and Ben Smith of Novi, Minn., who came in at 70-68-69-66—273.

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