On the 50th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ Western Amateur victory, another Columbus, Ohio-area native won the prestigious title Saturday by upsetting the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur at North Shore Country Club.
Ethan Tracy, the 55th-ranked amateur in the world, defeated top-ranked Patrick Cantlay 1-up in a match that came down to the final hole.
“It’s nice to have another Ohio guy win the trophy,” said Tracy, a senior at the University of Arkansas. “I’ve never met Jack, but I passed him a couple of times at the Memorial Tournament.”
Cantlay, who defeated No. 2-ranked Peter Uihlein in Friday’s quarterfinals and won his semifinal match 1-up over fellow Southern Californian Jeffrey Kang, said he competed well all week but that in the end his putter let him down.
“I never had any stretches where I felt comfortable over the putter,” said Cantlay, the college player of the year who made four cuts on the PGA Tour this summer and placed 21st in the U.S. Open. “It happens. You can’t win all the time in golf.”