CHUCKEY — Sometimes par is good enough.
Carlson Cox parred the first playoff hole to beat Nick Cohen and earn his second Graysburg Hills Amateur championship in the past three years.
“I felt like it was the U.S. Open out there today,” Cox said. “The rough was so tough and we were all just trying to survive.”
Cox and Cohen finished regulation play tied at 3-over 147.
Brian Bonfardin and Dakota Norton tied for third at 151, and Jace Devault and Josh Misener tied for fifth at 152.
Tim Dinwiddie won the senior championship after shooting a 2-over 74 on Sunday. His two-day total of 2-under 142 was the only score below par in the entire field.
Mike Freels rallied with a 71 in the final round to finish second in the seniors at 144. Mike Poe and Tony Green tied for third at 145 and Tom White was fifth, another stroke back.
Cohen made four birdies on the front side to make the turn at 32. But the back nine did him in.
“I got a little too comfortable out there and then started making mistakes,” Cohen said.
A 41 on the inward nine left Cohen at 147 and the leader in the clubhouse.
Cox seemed to have things in hand but made an uncharacteristic triple bogey on the par-4 13th.
“The ball just jumped off my club and went up in the woods,” he said. “It took me two to get out of the trees and I ended up with a 7.”
Cox birdied the par-5 16th and scrambled for pars on his final two holes to force the playoff.
Cohen missed the green on the first hole in the playoff, a par 5, and pitched his ball to the far side of the green.
“I short-sided myself and couldn’t get it close to the hole,” he said.
Cox hit the green in two but three-putted for par.
Cohen missed his par putt, and Cox breathed a sigh of relief.
“I was proud of the way I hung in there today,” Cox said. “After that triple I could’ve just given up, but I kept grinding. Sometimes that’s what it takes.
“It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.”
In the senior championship, Green shot 3 under on the front to take the lead away from Dinwiddie. But on the pivotal 12th, Dinwiddie birdied and Green bogeyed.
Green struggled over the next two holes and could not reel Dinwiddie back in.
“I really had it going on the front nine,” Green said. “But I just couldn’t keep it going.”
After playing 2 over on the front, Dinwiddie shot even par on the back nine, good enough to claim the title.
“All of us struggled out there today,” said Dinwiddie, who finished second in last year’s TGA state senior amateur. “Nobody could get in the zone.
“It was a day when pars were good scores,” he added. “I had just enough to survive.”