Upstate Amateur Golf

Dennis wins CGA Super-Senior championship

Greenville’s Johnny Dennis won the CGA Super-Senior championship at the Country Club of South Carolina. (CGA Media Photo)

Greenville’s Johnny Dennis has won his second Super-Senior championship in four days.

Last week Dennis finished on top of the division at the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational at the Greenville Country Club.

This week Dennis won the Carolinas Golf Association’s Super-Senior championship at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.

Dennis started the final round trailing Lennie Barton from Raleigh by a shot. Barton posted a 3-under par 69 to lead Dennis, Paul Simson from Raleigh and Joe Hendrick from Chesterfield.

In the second round, Dennis caught up to Barton and then took the lead with back to back birdies on numbers 7 and 8.

Only Robert Parrott was able to stay close to Dennis. Parrott, from Raleigh, started the final round trailing the leader by 4-shots and Dennis by 3-shots.

As Parrott closed in on Dennis would make his final birdie of his round and it turned out to be the difference between the two.

“On No. 14 I hit as good of an 8-iron as I could possibly hit and it landed three feet from the hole,” said Dennis. ” That is a challenging hole and after that I felt like if I didn’t make a mistake then I would have the tournament,” he said.

Parrott, playing in the group in front of Dennis, birdied his 17th hole to get within a shot of Dennis and finished his round with a par for a 4-under par 68 and 3-under 141 total for the tournament.

Dennis finished off his final hole with a short tap in par for his second straight 2-under par 70 and a two-day total of 140 and the win.

“I hit a solid drive, but I wasn’t going to bring the water into play so I was up on that hill and I had 185 yards uphill on a hook line,” he said. “I just hit a 5-iron as well as I could have and I hit it on the green to about 30 feet. I was able to get it close enough so that I couldn’t miss it,” Dennis said.

The victory earned Dennis his second Carolinas Golf Association championship. He won the CGA Senior championship in 2011 at the Columbia Country Club.

“It’s important for me to be able to try my best out here and to win. I am very competitive and it is fulfilling when you do what you are supposed to do. This win means so much,” said the new Super-Senior champion.

Parrott was second with Barton in third and a 4-way tie for fourth place.

Arliss Pike from Kernersville, NC edged out Carey Hite from Columbia for the 70+ championship.

CGA Super-Senior scores

Johnny Dennis won the Super-Senior championship at the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational four days before claiming the CGA Super-Senior Championship. (GolfClub Photo)

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