When you are able to go 5-under par on the par five holes in the first round of a tournament you have a pretty good chance of winning.
Phillip Hewlett did just that. He made three birdies and an eagle in the first round to take the early lead at the Anderson County Amateur being played at Brookstone Meadows.
“I just seemed to play well on those holes. The eagle on 18 in the first round really set me up for a good final day,” said the new Anderson County Amateur champion.
Hewlett got to 5-under on the par-5 holes, but he had some trouble in other places around the course. He finished the first round at 1-under par and held the lead by two shots.
Defending champion Josh Branyon of Honea Path shot a 1-over par 73 in the first round. He started the second round, but was forced to withdraw during the round because of illness.
With Branyon out of the field Brandon Bradosky and Blake Williamson provided the competition for Hewlett in the final round. Bradosky finished day two with an even par round of 72 while Williamson posted back to back 74s.
Hewlettt finished with a 1-over par 73 to wrap up the win with a two day even par total. “I actually played a little better in the second round even though I didn’t score as well,” he said. “I was more consistent off the tee and just seemed to have a better feel for the course,” he added.
Hewlett has a second place finish on his golfing resume from the Anderson County Amateur so taking the victory is special for the golfer who plays at Boscobel and Stone Creek Cove.
“I didn’t have much of an idea of what to expect from the rest of the field. I thought if I put up another good score, at par or a little under, I would be difficult to catch,” he said.
The tournament was flighted into net and gross divisions after the first round of play. Flight winners included – Third Flight, Net – Marshall Stuart, Gross – Victor Lepore. Second Flight, Net – Blake Fortner, Gross – Jake Miller, First Flight, Net – Ted Cox, Gross – Brandon Bradosky.
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