Mike Hartin was able to make his first round lead stand-up and won the 46th annual J.P. Traynham Invitational at the Paris Mountain Country Club.
Hartin opened the 36 hole tournament with a 3-under par 69 to hold the lead by three shots over Scotty Scott. Cole Patterson was one stroke further back after the first 18 holes.
In the second round Patterson got off to a fast start. The Presbyterian College golfer got to 6-under par early on the final round and had a one shot lead over Hartin.
However, Patterson’s putter failed him on the back nine. A three putt green and a birdie by Hartin put the first round leader back in front.
Hartin was not without his problems on the back nine. He bogeyed the 14th hole when he topped his tee shot. He followed up the bogey with a birdie on the 15th hole to jump to a two shot lead.
“With the exception of 14 I kept the ball in play all weekend,” said Hartin. “I managed to stay out of trouble and when I had some problems I kept them from getting worse,” he said.
The lead stayed at 2 for Hartin until the 17th hole. Patterson tried to use his length to cut into the lead, but came away from the short par-4 hole with a bogey.
Hartin had a three shot lead, but a bogey on the final hole cut it back to the final winning margin of two shots.
“It was a good weekend and it is nice to get a win here,” said the Traynham champion.
Zack Durham and Scott finished in a tie for third place at 148 while Jeremy Revis finished fifth.
The Senior Division winner was Barry Dilworth who finished in front of Wesley Ball for the victory. The Senior B Flight was won by Dannis McKinney.
Flight winners included, First Flight – Benji McGaha, Second Flight – Rick Cobb, Third Flight – Rusty Rainey.
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