Q. What does this do for you psychologically going into the rest of the summer?
CHRIS STROUD: This is huge. I mean, it feels so strange to actually be in this seat, be the champion. I thought about it all my life. The biggest thing I've won is just a local match play called the Kroger. Actually, I won the conference championship two out of three years at Lamar. It seems like I've always finished Top 10, Top 5, maybe second or third a couple times. Last year, I finished semifinalist in Publinx. That was pretty big for me.
But to actually be a champion of a big tournament like this is quite an honor. I'm still in awe. It's going to take a while to soak in. It does give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the summer. I actually feel like I can win a tournament now. Like Tiger and all the other pros talk about, you have to learn how to win. I've learned quite a bit this week. I think what really helped me is my patience. I really felt like I was calm with myself. No matter how bad or good I felt like I was hitting it, I felt like I stayed in control and I think it really helped me. Possibly could be the reason why I'm here.
Q. One more year at Lamar?
CHRIS STROUD: One more year at Lamar, yes.
Q. Jeff, what is your feeling? Are you terribly let down? Do you feel good about the week you've had?
JEFF OVERTON: I mean, I played really well to get to this point. It's just kind of frustrating. It's a lot more fun to go home when you come in second and you shoot 2- or 3-under and you know you played pretty well.
Whenever you don't, you go out there and you don't really give it your best effort on the last few holes, you kind of get a little upset with yourself. You just kind of -- you're a little disappointed.
I've been playing great. I had a little cyst in my wrist about two months ago. I took like two and a half weeks off. Ever since that, I haven't lost. I won the Publinx in my last four or five holes. Then I came to win by one. I've been playing extremely well. It's a little frustrating not playing very well in the last five or six holes today.
I mean, hats off to Chris. He did it. He was the most pay patient one, and he did it. Got to feel great.
CHRIS STROUD: It feels great. Especially after such a long week. It feels like a year it took to get here.
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HANK THOMPSON: Our yardage for course No. 2, which all match play was played on, was Front 9 3438, Back 9 3638, 7076 total. Par 71, 35 on the front, 36 on the back. I don't have No. 8's card in front of me. I apologize. The first round of qualifying was played at approximately 7035, par 72.
The fifth hole, one of the most famous holes on course two, par 4, 442 yards. The 12th hole actually played a little bit long, par 4, 446. Also 18 at 445. Actually, the 8th hole, I need to back up, was the longest par 4 on the golf course at 466.
Scoring I thought was pretty low. Low round at No. 8 was I believe Chris' 66, if I'm not mistaken. Low round on course two was 7-under, 64, by Casey Wittenberg, our medalist. Wednesday we only were able to get in the first round of match play due to some severe weather at approximately 1:15, in addition to a tornado. Fortunately, it didn't come here. It was down the road a while.
So we played the first round Wednesday. We played the second round and quarterfinals yesterday on Thursday. All four quarterfinal matches went to the 18th hole. I don't know that we've had had four consecutive matches that good or that competitive, I should say.
In my opinion, probably one of the best matches of the week was the Davis-Snedeker quarterfinal. Davis was two down through 11. He birdied 12 to go one down. He and Snedeker both birdied 13. Davis made a 30-footer on 14 for birdie. Snedeker calmly rolled in a 15-foot downhiller on 14 to top him or have him. 15, both players missed the green. Davis hit the green, Snedeker missed the green, was unable to get up and down. Davis two-putted. 16, Davis gets up and down from a greenside bunker in two, eventually birdies it for four. Snedeker makes an 8-footer to have that hole.
Davis is one up at this point. They half 17. They go to 18. Davis hits his second shot in the middle of the green, Snedeker hits it over. It's probably the best shot from where he was. Still had to make a 10 to 12-footer to force Davis to 2-putt to win the match one up.
Casey Wittenberg, 17-year-old, may be 18 now, going to Oklahoma State as a freshman, he's from Memphis, Tennessee, he was our medalist. He beat Mike Castleforte, from Springboro, Ohio, member of the Duke golf team, six and five in the second round. Quarterfinalist, he beat Matt Davidson two up before Chris Stroud beat him this morning in the semifinal match two and one.
Probably the biggest upset of the week was Andrew Dahl, 31 seed, beating the second seed eight and six on Wednesday morning.
Of the 31 matches, 10 matches went the scheduled 18 holes or more. The finalist Overton, he beat his first-round opponent four and two, then had to go the distance the rest of the week, except for today's final where he lost two and one.
Stroud won two and one his first round, then went 18 holes the rest of the week with the exception of his final where he won two and one.
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