Aaron Dexheimer, trailing by a stroke at the turn in the final round, played the back nine holes at Birch Ridge Golf Course at 1-under par, carding a 2-over 70 to take the men's Peninsula Amateur championship Sunday.
Carolyn Turkington held off two other competitors to take the ladies' title, and Zach Cowan edged Josh Lansing by three strokes to win the junior title.
Dexheimer had a two-stroke lead over Nolan Rose and a five-stroke advantage over Robbie Smithwick entering the final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
Rose shot an even-par 35 for the first nine holes Sunday to take a one-stroke advantage as Dexheimer had a double-bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on four.
"It was a struggle on the front nine, but I played a good back nine," Dexheimer said after the round. "(Rose) was ahead of me by one stroke with five holes to play, but I birdies the par-5 (13th hole) and parred the rest of the holes."
The 13th hole at Birch Ridge plays downhill with a dogleg right. Dexheimer hugged the right side of the fairway with his drive and put his second shot just off the green. He chipped up close to the hole and sunk his birdie putt to draw even with Rose.
Rose, not quite as long off the tee as Dexheimer, laid up with his second shot on his way to parring the hole.
"I got off the tee pretty good, but I didn't get anything close (to the flag), so I didn't make any birdies," Rose said. "I felt good about my round, but when you're playing with somebody as good as Aaron, you've got to make birdies. I didn't and that was the difference."
Both players parred the 14th and 15th holes, and Dexheimer regained his lead on the 16th hole, a 415-yard par 4.
Both Rose and Dexheimer flirted with the trees along the left side of the 16th fairway with their tee shots. Rose ended up right up against a tree and his only play was to chip back into the fairway, while Dexheimer was able to take a swing and had a shot at the green. Rose fell two shots off the pace with a double-bogey while Dexheimer two-putted for par.
Dexheimer got up and down to save par from just over the green on No. 17 while Rose picked up a bogey, giving Dexheimer a three-stroke advantage, his margin of victory for the tournament.
Smithwick shot a 76 for the round to place third, nine strokes behind Dexheimer, and Joe Blanchard rounded out the championship flight, carding a 79 to finish the tournament 18 strokes back.
Dexheimer attributed his strong play on the back nine Sunday to an adjustment made on the practice range after Saturday's round with his father, part-time coach, caddie and spotter, Steve.
"I worked on my ball position with my driver," Dexheimer said. "I was hitting it too far. Dad said to tone it down a little and get it in the fairway. I hit every fairway on the back nine."
Turkington carded a 94 on the final day of competition to notch a 16-stroke win over Jane Tongen. Myrna Cowan finished in third place, 24 strokes behind Turkington.
"It was my best round of the three days, but it didn't feel like it," said Turkington, who had opened the tournament with a 102 and carded a 96 on Saturday. "Jane and Myrna are a lot of fun to play with, very relaxed. It was competitive, but it wasn't a killer thing."
Zach Cowan's three-day total of 273 edged Lansing's 276 for the junior trophy. John Tongen carded a 257 to take the men's first flight, John Davis shot 269 and won the second flight after edging Jerry Norris in a one-hole playoff, and Ray Hamby finished with a total of 282 to take the third flight.
28th annual Peninsula Amateur Championship
at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Aaron Dexheimer 74-75-72--221
Nolan Rose 79-72-73--224
Robbie Smithwick 75-7976--230
Joe Blanchard 82-7879-239
John Tongen 86-85-86--257
Mike Hollingsworth 88-84-86--258
Jay Kriner 86-87-88--261
Tom Allison 93-82-87--262
Mo Redford 90-89-92--271
Josh Lansing 97-90-89--276
Jerry Norris 88-91-90--269, won first playoff hole
John Davis 89-90-90--269
Zach Cowan 89-91-92--273
Phil Turkington 90-92-93--275
Dave Stein WD
Ray Hamby 92-96-94--282
John Lansing 98-99-99--296
Don McGhee 100-101-96--297
Richard Atuk 94-105-108--307
Gary Dawkins 105-104-100--309
Carolyn Turkington 102-96-94--292
Jane Tongen 99-105-104--308
Myrna Cowan 103-105-108--316
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