Albin Choi Earns 7th Collegiate Victory at Puerto Rico Classic
Toronto native and reigning Ontario Amateur champion Albin Choi won for the third time in six NCAA starts this season by firing a collegiate-low 7-under 65 during Tuesday’s final round of the Puerto Rico Classic.
The North Carolina State junior erased a two-shot deficit leading into Tuesday with an eagle at the par-4 12th, his opening hole of the day, then took the lead at the next hole with the first of seven birdies at the par-4 13th.
Choi threatened his school record with four-straight birdies between holes 3-7, and then added a fifth birdie in a six-hole stretch at No. 8 to get to -8, but a bogey at the ninth left him at 65, one shot from Kelly Mitchum’s school-record 64 set in 1992. The last 65 from a NC State Wolfpack member came from fellow Canadian Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ontario in 2009.
Choi’s 54-hole score of 12-under 204 included rounds of 70-69-65 to win by two strokes over Will Kropp (Oklahoma), Ollie Schneiderjans (Georgia Tech) and Cory Whitsett (Alabama). Schniederjans birdied No. 1 to tie Choi at -12, but double bogeyed the par-4 second hole and could not get any closer, allowing Choi to earn his seventh collegiate victory.
Currently the 16th ranked amateur in the world, Choi has now captured three individual titles already in his junior season. In the fall of 2012, he won the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and also the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate. Hill currently holds the individual record at NC State with 10 tournament victories.
In January, Choi was also named to the Ben Hogan award watch list for the 2012-2013 NCAA season. This award is presented annually to the most outstanding amateur collegiate player and will be narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists on April 18.
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