Patten Williams had not won a golf tournament since winning a high school state championship in 2016 in North Carolina.
Williams, 22, birdied the 18th
hole during the final round of the Savannah City Amateur Championship at Bacon Park Golf Course and edged two-time former winner Trey
Kent and Rhett Baker by one stroke.
“My ball striking was really good, and I gave myself lots of opportunities,” said Williams, who played a year of college golf at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. “I had a lot of really good looks and got hot at the right times. And I did a good job of getting through some tough stretches and bounced back in both rounds after a couple of bogeys.”
Both Kent and Baker had putts on the 18th
hole that would have forced a playoff. Kent, a two-time Savannah City Am champion who played his final nine holes 5-under par, barely missed a 6-foot eagle putt, and Baker then narrowly missed a 5-foot birdie putt the clinched the victory for Williams.
“I didn’t exactly know I had to make (the putt), but I kind of knew I needed to make that birdie,” said Baker, the course superintendent at Ohoopee Match Club in Cobbtown, Ga., and the winner of the 2005 Augusta City Amateur. “I can’t believe I missed that putt. I really thought I made it.”
Guyton’s Madi Saxton, 15, won the Ladies’ City Amateur Championship for the second time with back to scores of 6-over par 77. Saxton has now won the girls’ Junior City Amateur Championship and the Ladies’ City Amateur Championship twice.
“I didn’t play my best, and I was scrambling the whole time,” Saxton said. “But it’s really cool that Savannah has a women’s amateur championship, even if it’s a small field. I was really happy with the course, especially given what it’s been like in the past, and you can tell they’re really putting a lot of work into (the course).”
In the Legends Division (65+) Allan Small carded scores of 69-71 to finish 1-uner par for tournament and four strokes ahead of Don Consos. And in the Senior Division (50+), Bill McCloskey claimed victory with rounds of 72-74 to finish 4-over par. Men’s Championship
Patten Williams 68-67 (-7)
Rhett Baker 68-68 (-6)
Trey Kent 68-68 (-6)
John Skeadas, II 66-74 (-2)
Tripp Coggins 71-69 (-2)
Danny Nelson 70-70 (-2)
Richard Francis 71-70 (-1)
Fred Roberts, IV 71-71 (E)
Phillip Kennedy 75-68 (+1)
Braden Schnaible 70-73 (+1)
Spencer McCrainie 73-70 (+1)
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