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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Area golfer birdies 18th to win Open

Michael Sharp's dazzling 10-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole at Carmel's Prairie View Golf Club gave him the championship at the 103rd running of the Indiana Open Championship, capping a remarkable week for the Kendallville native who recently graduated from Michigan State University.

“I took a look at the leader board on my walk up to the green, so I knew where I stood,” Sharp said. “When I went to look at my putt, it just really fit my eye. It was a little right-to-left breaker and it was just the perfect putt for me.”

There was a lot of local flavor atop the leader board.

Sharp finished the three-round tournament at 7 under, including a 2-under 70 in the final round Wednesday. Among those in second place at 6 under were Chris Smith of Peru, Andy Winings of Fishers and C.J. Jones of Muncie.

Fort Wayne's Patrick Allgeier placed fifth at 5 under with a final-round 73.

Craig Isabel of Winona Lake tied for seventh at 3 under with a final-round 72.

“This is really something special,” Sharp said. “I haven't won an event in years, so this really means a lot.”

Smith, Winings and Allgeier all went on to the 18th hole Wednesday with realistic chances of winning by making their birdie putts; Sharp was the only one to covert and win in one of the more exciting finishes in recent state memory.

Sharp hopes to qualify for the USGA's Amateur Championship next week then turn pro in the next few months.

– Journal Gazette