LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There were a few tense moments during the final holes of the third and final round of the Kentucky State Amateur at Louisville's Big Spring Country Club. When the final putt was holed, the same player who led after each of the first two days was still on top.
Logan Hogge, a Senior-to-be at Morehead State University, regrouped after a double-bogey at 17 to make a difficult downhill two-putt par at 18 to triumph by one shot over a pair of early finishers. Hogge had a final round 74 to finish at four-under. Both Denver Haddix, Jr. of Lexington and Drew Allenspach of Louisville were in the clubhouse after five-under 67's got them to three-under overall.
"It's awesome," said Hogge. "It's a little harder than I thought. I played a really good front nine. I just kind of struggled on the first few holes of the back nine and then had to regroup and Tyler (McDaniel) was making a big push on me and I felt like if I could get one or two birdies coming in that I'd be OK."
"But it's awesome man," he added with a big smile.
McDaniel, who just finished his Freshman year at UK, tied for fourth after a final round 72. The 2013 champ was joined at minus two by Andy Roberts. The 2010 Kentucky Open Champion from Owensboro shot a final round 70.
Hogge is the first player from Salt Lick and the first Morehead State golfer to claim the biggest Amateur prize in Kentucky golf.
"There's a whole lot of good players in Eastern Kentucky but not a lot of them get the respect that they deserve and I'm just glad I could bring it home for us," said an emotional Hogge afterward. "It's just a huge confidence boost. It just shows that I can play with the best players in the state and there's so many good players and a lot that I know will be playing for money one day. It just kind of shows me where I'm at in my game and that I'm right there with them."