University of Arkansas at Little Rock senior Justin Warren finished fourth among a field of 246 golfers at the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Warren posted a 72-hole total of 11-under 273, finishing seven strokes off the lead.
After opening the tournament with a 7-over 78 in the opening round, Warren emerged as the tournament’s hottest, shooting 18 strokes under par the final three rounds. The surge began in round two with a club record 7-under 64, beginning with an eagle on the par-five first hole. Warren would go on to birdie five, six, 10 11, 12 and 18, with a bogey on 17 his only blemish of the day.
In round three, Warren got off to another fast start with a birdie on the first hole, followed by an eagle on the fifth on the front nine. Warren registered another eagle on 17 with birdies on 11 and 12 with a sole bogey on 14 to give him a 6-under 65, sitting tied for seventh heading into the final round.
A fast start once again was the story of Warren’s final round, opening the front nine with birdies on one, two, seven and eight, putting him at 4-under 32 after the front nine. He would register three more birdies over the back nine on holes 11, 15 and 17, with two bogeys giving him a 5-under 66 and vaulting him to the fourth-place finish.
The impressive finish in British Columbia added to a productive summer for Warren, who captured the 2018 Camden Cup in his native Australia back in May. The Picton native used a 7-under 64 to take a five shot victory, qualifying for the 2018 NSW Open this November.
Warren ended his first year in Little Rock as the Trojans’ leader in scoring average, posting a 74.27 average competing in all 11 tournaments. He led the team with 11 rounds of par-or-better, finishing fourth at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate.
Warren and the rest of the Trojans begin the 2018-19 in just over a month, traveling to Texas for the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio Sept. 10-11. It will be the first of 10 regular season tournaments for Little Rock, leading up to the Sun Belt Conference Championship in late April.