Paul Dunbar senior-to-be Will Bishop shot a course-record 6-under 65 but came up a stroke short of victory Friday at the Big I National Championship at Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, N.J.
Bishop had seven birdies — three on the final three holes — and one bogey in the final round of the junior tournament. He and Corey McElyea of Santa Cruz, Calif., both shot 65s on Friday, but Greg Bunner of Cherryville, N.C. shot 71 to hold off the pair's late charge.
Bunner, who finished at 1 under overall, two-putted from 20 feet for a par on the 18th hole.
"I had no clue that they were that close," Bunner said. "I thought I had a two- to three-stroke cushion. I was just trying to put a good line on it with good speed."
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David Snyder of Somerset, who had the lead after the first round, shot a 75 in the final round and finished in a tie for 12th at 10 over. Stuart Witt of Richmond tied for 18th at 13 over.
New Jersey native Kuriko Tsukiyama won the girls' division, finishing 2 over and seven shots ahead of Ally McDonald of Fulton, Miss.
The Big I tournament was first played in 1969. Past winners include Bob Tway (1976), Billy Andrade (1980 and '81), Justin Leonard (1989) and Tiger Woods (1990 and '91). The first girls' tournament was played in 1993. Glasgow native Whitney Wade won in 2000.
Herald-Leader Staff Report