UVA's Montague wins Virginia State Open

ROANOKE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia's Jack Montague defeated Virginia Tech's Mark Lawrence on a sudden death playoff hole to become the first amateur to win the Virginia State Open since 2011.

"I played some really good golf this weekend," Montague said, "I hit it really close and luckily I made some putts the last two days and it was awesome, it was a lot of fun out there."

After starting the tournament with opening-round 74, Montague finished strong with back-to-back 66s to finish at 10-under through three rounds. Lawrence birdied the 17th and 18th to force a one hole de facto Commonwealth Clash playoff.

A Lawrence bogey on the playoff hole left Montague with a two-putt to win the tournament.

"I've known Mark for awhile, he actually used to play at Hermitage, which is where I played, so I've known him for awhile and he's obviously a great player," Montague said, "It was really cool to be in a playoff with him and I was just fortunate to end up on the winning side of it today."

The comeback victory over PGA professionals and a Hokie give Montague a boost heading into the season.

"It definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into the fall season," Montague said, "Just a lot of positives I can take away from this week, I'm really excited about it."



 
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