BREAKING: Punctuated by an eagle on the final hole Wednesday, Brett Jones rallied past Sam Kang to clinch the Lincoln Charity Clambake, a three-day, 54-hole tournament held at Hamilton Farm GC in Gladstone, N.J.
Jones finished 3-under for the day en route to posting a 6-under combined score, one better than Kang (-5). After a slow start — he recorded a bogey and double bogey over the first nine – Jones finished strong with three birdies and an eagle over the final stretch.
Jones (Due Process Stable GC) entered the final hole trailing by one shot to Kang, who led for the first 17 holes of the tournament’s last day. But his 18th hole eagle suddenly displaced Kang from the top spot permanently after Kang subsequently parred.
John McCarthy finished in third-place as the only other golfer under par. He finished 1-under for the tournament.
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UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Brett Jones is one stroke closer to Sam Kang’s day-long lead setting up what can be a dramatic final hole of the three-day Lincoln Charity Clambake tournament.
Jones (-4) capitalized on a 17th hole birdie to inch closer to Kang (-5), who responded with par on his end. The two will both tee off on the 18th hole, along with current third-place golfer John McCarthy (-1).
Jim McGovern finished his day — and tournament — with a bogey, bringing him to even for the tournament and currently alone in fourth place. He shot a Wednesday-best 2-under and tallied four birdies and one eagle for the day
UPDATE (12:52 p.m.): Sam Kang’s lead is a little slimmer following a bogey on the 14th hole. However, after a par on his next outing, Kang (-5) still holds a two-stroke advantage over second-place Brett Jones (-3) heading into the final three holes of the Lincoln Charity Clambake.
John McCarthy and Jim McGovern remain in the hunt as well, tied for third at 1-under. McCarthy, who recorded a birdie on the 15th, is the only top-four golfer already through the 16th hole.
UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): And then there were three.
John McCarthy followed a bogey on the 13th hole with a double bogey on the 14th, falling to 1-over for the day and even overall, currently placing him fourth and limiting the field of golfers under par to three.
Sam Kang (-6) still leads by a comfortable three shots over Brett Jones, as they both await to play the 14th hole.
UPDATE (12:08 p.m.): Sam Kang has extended his lead to three strokes (-6) following a birdie on his 13th hole. Meanwhile, John McCarthy (-2) dropped a shot on his 13th, falling out of a tie with Brett Jones (-3) for second place.
Four golfers remain under par with five holes to go. Jim McGovern has maintained his 3-under score for the day through 12 holes, slotting him fourth at a combined 1-under.
UPDATE (11:53 a.m.): With a birdie on the 12th hole, Brett Jones moved back into a second-place tie with John McCarthy at 3-under. They both trail leader Sam Kang by two shots with six holes left to play.
In the final stretch of the three-day Lincoln Charity Clambake tournament at Hamilton Farm GC, the battle for first place remains tight, with four golfers shooting under par to begin Wednesday’s action.
Despite shooting a 1-over par through nine holes, Sam Kang (Essex Golf Driving Range) leads by two strokes (-5) over John McCarthy (Morris County GC) heading into the final nine holes of play.
Jim McGovern (White Beeches Golf & CC) and Brett Jones round out the top-four on the leaderboard, each posting a 1-under through 10 and nine holes respectively. With a 3-under for the day, McGovern is tied for Wednesday’s best score so far along with Derek Swoboda (Hamilton Farm GC), who is tied for 13th place.
Jones entered Wednesday in a tie for first place but has shot 2-over to drop down in the standings. His drop recently came due to a double bogey on his ninth and most recent hole.
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