Jacob Rod reacts to the bird on Monday afternoon on the 16th hole during the Snahomish County Amateur Golf Tournament in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
EVERETT – The wild and frantic final round of the 91st annual Snohomish County Amateur Golf Tournament turned into a sensational performance between the two previous champions when Jacob Rod and Alvin Kwak competed birdie with birdie on the podium.
Eventually Rhoda had another trick up his sleeve, and as a result he crashed into the history of Em County.
On Monday in the final round at Everett Golf & Country Club Rod swung for a stunning 6-man 66th game, including four birds in holes № 14-17, to finish in three rounds of 9-way and become only the ninth player in history Am County wins the tournament three times.
“It’s weird,” Rod said. “Honestly, I didn’t think I had a chance today. I didn’t play very stellarly (on Sunday at the Legion Memorial golf course when it shot an even par of 71), mainly because I had too much fun at the concert the night before. But today I thought that if I could shoot 67, I would have a chance and it just started rolling on the back nine, I just couldn’t miss it. Every blow I made felt great. ”
Rohde, a 44-year-old equipment financier at Everett who represented the Legion Memorial, finished one shot ahead of Kwaka, representing Everett Golf & Country Club. Kwak, a 21-year-old Kamiak High School graduate who now plays at Columbia University, shot 69 on Monday.
Kwak, who played in the last group and Rode played in the penultimate group, also did birds four in a row on the back nine, and he had a long birdie at 18 to send the tournament to the playoffs. Kwak gave him a run, but the blow slipped only on the left edge.
“My club has never been hot all day,” Kwak said. “So I just started beating him very hard to the hole, and all, made a few shots close – and a happy rebound for 16 assists.
“I had no idea how Jacob was doing,” Kwak added. “People were trying to tell me, and I didn’t want to know.”
This year’s tournament turned out to be free for everyone, as in the beginning of the nine players there were five players within one blow forward. At some point in the early nine back, Rod, Kwak, Jordan Braichich, Johnny Carey and Justin Tole held at least a share of the lead as the top of the leaderboard shifted on each hole.
But eventually Rod, the reigning champion, took control.
Rohde took the lead on par-14 14th when he reached the green in two and two-put the birdie to go to 6-under. He then inflicted an incredible 25-foot bird on Par-3 15th, then made an incredible 25-foot bird over the ridge on Par-4 16th and finally drained the 18-foot bird to put the 17th. At 16 he raised his finger in celebration of the bright celebration just before the shot, and at 17 he was already walking to get the ball out of the cup while the ball was still three feet from the hole.
“The birdie at 16 for sure (was the key point),” Rod said. “I didn’t get there very well, I didn’t have a really big ridge, and it’s a new stretch of green, so I’ve never even put it on before. It was a hit and a hope. I knew I needed to at least get over the ridge, and if I could, I could go to the next hole and try to make a birdie instead. At about four feet I said, “Oh, it will come in,” and I couldn’t believe it. ”
Rod didn’t know Kwak matched him until he walked down the 18th fairway. Rode had a 25-foot birdie that could deprive the tournament, but he ran a four-foot push past and he just shoved his nominal pot into his side pocket to leave Kwak needing a birdie at 18 to make the playoffs.
Kwak, the 2019 champion (there was no tournament in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic), was the only member of the lead group who managed to keep up with Rode. But while Rod inflicted damage with his stick, Kwak inflicted his blows from the approach when he inflicted on himself birds at 13 and 15 and then drove straight through the green on par-4 16th and climbed and landed on his fourth bird in a row . Kwak had the same punch as Rode at 17 to try to make it five in a row, but failed to sink it to go into a draw and get ahead.
“It was the first tournament I played for someone else,” Kwak said. “I’ve had the same golf coach (Kevin McKay) since I started in 2009 and he’s going through some serious health issues. I really wanted to show the last win for him, and honestly, didn’t expect this type of performance this week because it was hard for me. But I felt that he gave me strength, I started to hit the ball well and take shots. ”
Kerry, representing the Mil Creek Country Club, and Towle, representing Walter Hall Golf Course, finished third with a score of 5 less.