Phillips Claims AGC San Diego Am in Playoff

Easton Phillips of Coronado nearly gave the title away with a triple-bogey on the final hole of regulation, but made par on the second playoff hole to turn back Christian Schrodt of Mission Viejo and win the San Diego Amateur by Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

Phillips (pictured left), who hit his approach shot into the water at No. 18, and Schrodt (right) both finished with scores of 71-74—145, 1-over-par.

“I was trying to play a cut (from a fairway bunker) and just double-crossed it out of bounds left,” said Phillips, a junior at Coronado High, said of his errant shot on the final hole of regulation.

Phillips, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes to take a two-stroke lead, finished in a tie when Schrodt made a bogey on the last hole.

After Phillips saw his 30-foot birdie lip out on the first extra hole, he missed the comebacker from four feet, but Schrodt missed his five-foot par putt and both carded bogeys.

On the second playoff hole, Schrodt hit his approach shot into the water from the fairway bunker and Phillips hit the green from 185 yards out of the same bunker on the right side of the hole, and two-putted for the victory.

Ian Maspat of San Diego carded a score of 73-73—146 to tie for third with Ben Soicher of Mill Valley, who finished at 71-75—146, while Angelo Marcon of San Francisco shot 71-76—147 to tie for fifth with Luke Basile of Thousand Oaks, who wound up at 70-77—147.

Will Draper of Oak Park was seventh at 75-73—148, while Justin Vrzich of El Cajon totaled 76-73—149 to tie for eighth with Jonathan Tanihara of Sacramento, who finished at 74-75—149.

Mikey Slesinski of Fremont and Alec Berrey of Corvallis, Ore., both shot 75-75—150 to tie for 10th with Arman Rahgozar of San Diego, who came in at 71-79—150.

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