“That definitely helped me,” Lei said. “Jackson and Matt were both hitting good shots and we were basically even through the tournament, but the last few holes I really started to focus a lot more and I knew how to do something in order to have the title. They helped me stay focused.”
Lei made bogey on holes 4 and 13, but each time earned the stroke back two holes later.
DiLisio got hot on the final five holes of the front nine. He birdied the par-5 fifth, narrowly missing an eagle putt, the par-4 sixth, and the par-4 ninth. He made the turn with a 1-under par 35 and, except for a bogey on the par-3 11th, played the back nine nearly incident free.
The 18th hole plagued DiLisio all week, however. He took a penalty stroke in the opening round when he grounded his club behind his ball on the green and it moved. He also missed a short par putt in the second round. His triple bogey yesterday cost him at least a couple strokes.
“It’s not that hard of a hole; I just can’t get out of it with a good number,” DiLisio said. “The first time when the ball moves like that, I lipped out the birdie so I didn’t feel too bad about that one. Today, I’m sitting in the fescue from 110 yards out and it just came out like a flyer. I can’t hit a 52-degree wedge 125 yards in the middle of the fairway, so it just came out like that. Then, I’m in there (behind the green) searching for my ball and it’s up to my knees and totally covered. The only reason I probably found it was because I stepped on it.
“We determined that it just sank a little and I had to get a one stroke penalty. It was such a bad lie that I had to take an unplayable. I didn’t even think I could get it out of there. I didn’t hit a great shot from there and then I didn’t hit a great pitch, but I made a putt.”