Jack Montague, a rising senior at Collegiate, jumped out to an early lead and held off a late rally from St. Christopher’s rising senior Drew Brockwell to win the RGA Amateur Championship 3 and 1 on Sunday at Richmond Country Club.

If Montague ever needs a reminder of his first time playing in the RGA Amateur Championship, all he’ll have to do is look at the trophy.

His name will be etched beside 2017. 

“It’s awesome,” the 18-year-old member of Hermitage Country Club said. “That was a really good match.”

“Drew’s a great player, so I was looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “We’re buddies so it was fun.”

Montague jumped out to a 1-up lead with a birdie on No. 1. Brockwell squared the match with a birdie on No. 3 and took a 1-up lead with a par on No. 5.

Montague then won three straight with two pars bookending a birdie on No. 7 for a 2-up lead through the front nine.

He took a 3-up lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 10.

“That was huge,” Montague said. “I hit it a little bit firm, and luckily it caught the cup and went in.”

Brockwell began his late push with a birdie on the par-5 13th to cut the lead to 2 up. He crept closer by winning No. 15 with par.

“He made a really good birdie there on No. 13 and he had a great two-putt on No. 15 to win that hole also,” Montague said. “Going into No. 16 1 up, I knew I had to try and get a win on No. 16 or No. 17.”

In fact, he won both.

Montague moved to the brink of victory by capturing No. 16 with par. Brockwell three-putted the par-4 hole.

The match ended at the par-4 17th. Montague was just over the green with his approach. Brockwell’s second shot found the putting surface but created a tricky 40-foot birdie attempt. Brockwell’s birdie try died 4 feet from the hole. Montague was left with a similar distance with his chip.

Brockwell’s par putt narrowly missed and the two shook hands.

“I was pretty calm the whole day,” Montague said when asked to describe his response to Brockwell’s late surge. “I’m usually just pretty steady. I was just trying to play my own game.”

Lately his game has been more than good enough. Montague won the VISAA individual title in late May before claiming the RGA city title. He says he’ll play in the VSGA Junior Match Play tournament next week and the state amateur the week after that.

“Hopefully, I can keep playing well and take it into those tournaments,” he said.

He said his accomplishment at RCC is one he will long savor.

“There’s some really great names on that trophy,” he said. “It’s an honor to be on the same trophy as them.”

Brandon Stokes defeated Jeff Fiebelkorn 4 and 3 for the first flight title. Neil Biller downed Tyler Bennett 8 and 6 in the second flight final.

Full results and brackets can be downloaded HERE.

 

Story contributed by:
Brad Bess, Richmond Times-Dispatch