Pillow Academy senior Sunjay Chawla captured first place at the Bayou Academy golf tournament hosted by the Cleveland Country Club on Monday. And he did so in dramatic fashion.
Struggling all day with his putter, Chawla was able to save par with an 8-foot putt on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff with two players from Bayou Academy. On the first sudden-death playoff hole, Chawla launched an approach shot from 140 yards out with a pitching wedge to within five feet. Chawla made the birdie putt and won the championship in his first golf match of the year.
“Sunjay played nearly perfect from tee to green today,” said third-year head coach John Pielmeier. “He struggled with the fast greens today, but when he needed to make putts at the end, he made two big ones.”
Chawla’s 78 led the Pillow team, which placed third overall in the tournament behind host Bayou and second-place Lee Academy. Also finishing 18 holes were Phillip Rustom (91), Jack Reichle (99) and Bradly Lovelady (109). The tournament was the first time in three years that Pillow had placed in a tournament with a group of four varsity players.
Pillow is back in action Monday in Batesville.
Mustangs take third, Chawla medalist