DORSET, Vt. --- Drake Hull, who will join the UConn golf program in the fall of 2017 as an incoming transfer, fired a final-round, 2-under par 68 Thursday to win the Vermont State Amateur Championship.
Hull (Rutland, Vt.), topped a 97-player field with a four consecutive under-par rounds of 67-69-69-68, to finish with a combined 7-under 273, two strokes better than runner-up Troy Evans, at the par-70 Dorset Field Club, the oldest golf course in the country.
Hull, who was tied for the tournament lead with Alex Rainville following the third round on Thursday morning, had built a three-shot advantage over the field during the final round on Thursday afternoon, but ran into trouble with a triple-bogey on the eighth hole.
That made the final nine holes a neck-and-neck race between Hull, Rainville, Evans and Bryson Richards. Hull responded to the pressure with flying colors, however, with a 4-under 31 on the back nine, including a pressure-packed birdie on the 17th hole to break a first-place tie with Evans, and another birdie on 18 to seal the championship. Hull's total of 18 birdies led the tournament.
Hull, 20, comes to UConn as a transfer after two years at the University of Kansas. He redshirted during the 2016-17 season and will be eligible immediately upon his enrollment at UConn and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman at Kansas in 2015-16, Hull competed in two events as an individual, finishing among the top 40 in both. He shot a season-low 11 over par 221 in the Ram Masters Invitational in the first event of the season, and also participated in the Badger Invitational. While at Kansas, he was named to the Fall Athletic Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls, majoring in business and sport management.
Hull was a four-year golf letterwinner at Rutland (Vt.) High School, who helped lead the team to state titles in both 2012 and 2014. He won the individual Division I championship in both 2013 and 2014, which included a record 6-under 66 in the 2014 state tourney. He also qualified for the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and was a 2013-14 First Team All-Future Collegians World Tour.
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