A birdie-bogey swing on the short par-4, 15th propelled Noah Gillard of Greenwood to his first Indiana Amateur Championship title. The oldest and most prestigious amateur golf event in the state was contested at the Country Club of Indianapolis for its 120th Anniversary.
The University of Illinois junior found himself in second place after round two, carding 68, 67 for a 36-hole total of 5-under-par, 135. Just one shot back to Austin Vukovits, of Noblesville, heading to the final round, Gillard began gaining momentum after early birdies on holes three and four and grabbed a share of the lead.
It wasn’t until the par-4, 9th that the lead group made their first bogey of the day, carded by Vukovits, giving Gillard a one shot lead heading to the back nine.
On the par-4, 10th Gillard carded his first and only bogey of the round, and once again saw himself tied for the lead. Vukovits went on to make bogey on 11, and Gillard grabbed a lead again – which he never relinquished.
On the drivable par-4, 15th, Vukovits' tee shot found the green, but he went on to three-putt for par. Meanwhile, Gillard hit his dr