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Clarksville, TN – Joey Long birdied the final hole, August 4th at Swan Lake Golf Course, to hold off Brad Van Kirk and Greg Guinn to defend the Heritage Bank Clarksville Senior City Amateur title by a shot.
Long became the first golfer to defend the title since Harold Hensley turned the trick back in 2006 and 2007.It’s an honor to win the tournament two times in a row,” Long said. “I told Harold that we have something in common now.
“There are a lot of great golfers here in Clarksville and I enjoy competition against them in tournaments, but I don’t get out and play as much as I use too.”
The tournament came done to the final four holes, with four golfers, Long, Van Kirk, Guinn and Jim Duttweiler in the mix
But Duttweiler, who led briefly in the final round, struggled on a couple of holes coming in and fell out of contention, while Guinn — who came into the final round three-shots back — carding a champion flight best round of 68 on Aug. 4th to get to one-under and a tie for the top spot with the final group still on the course.
So it came down to Long and Van Kirk, with Long finally getting his driver going on the last two hole setting but birdie chances.
“I had been fighting my driver all day and I finally hit a good drive on 17 and 18,” Long said. “Then hit a seven-iron (onto the green) on 18 and then all I had to do was two putt. Those two drives were what made the tournament for me.”
Van Kirk had a chance to force a tie and a playoff on the 18th green, but couldn’t get the putt to fall and Long retained his title.
Long beat Bobby Yingling in a two-hole playoff last year to win the title.
“Brad still had a chance with his putt on 18 (to tie) and then we would go into a playoff,” Long said. “I didn’t want to play anymore golf after 18, so I wasn’t thinking about it.”
In the other flights, Marcus Sartain won the First Flight with a 144, after shooting the lowest round of the tournament, with a final round four-under 67.
Brent Hyams won a scorecard playoff with Tommy Burney, both finished with 152 totals, for second place, while Jeff Whitlow took fourth place.
In the Super Senior flight — golfers 65 years old or older – Hensley took top honors with a two-day total of 149, while Bob Bracy (154) finished second, with Farrell Swindell (161) taking third and Bill Wilkinson (162) fourth place.
Note: Dean Lambert carded a hole-in-one in August 3rd first round, as he used a nine-iron to ace the number 10 hole from 131 yards out. It was his first career hole-in-one.
2013 Senior Clarksville City Amateur Final
Swan Lake Golf Course
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
TopicsBill Wilkinson, Bob Bracy, Bobby Yingling, Brad Van Kirk, Brent Hyams, Clarksville TN, David Edmondson, Dean Lambert, Farrell Swindell, Greg Guinn, Harold Hensley, Heritage Bank Clarksville Senior City Amateur, Hole-In-One, Jeff Whitlow, Jim Duttweiler, Joey Long, Marcus Sartain, Mike Bell, Mike Taylor, Richard Ashbrook, Swan Lake Golf Course, Tommy Burney
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