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Knoxville's Steve Golliher Shatters Records In Tennessee Senior Amateur Win

OAK RIDGE – Steve Golliher walked off the 18th green at Oak Ridge Country Club on Friday and took a ride up by the clubhouse to tournament scoring.


It turned out to be more of a victory lap.


Golliher had just concluded a record-breaking performance in the Tennessee Senior Amateur.  Waiting to congratulate him along the cart path was a group of long-time friends and playing competitors, including his brother Jeff Golliher, Tim Jackson and Danny Green.


It was a special moment for the 63-year-old Knoxville native.


“It was just a great feeling,” said Steve Golliher.  “Those guys have won a lot, and it was really special.  Probably as special as winning it, to be honest with you.”


Golliher turned in a three-day total of 13-under, 203 to finish four strokes ahead of Tim Jackson, who was surging on the final day of the tournament.


Golliher’s total was the best 54-hole scoring effort in the 48-year history of the tournament, besting the previous record of 207 held by Jay Baumgardner (1993) and Danny Green (2014). Golliher also set a new mark for best 54 holes based on par (-13), as well as the lowest opening 36-hole score (-9).


“It means a lot to me because I hadn’t won one,” Golliher said.  “When you beat Tim and Danny and Jeff and all those guys, that’s a tall order.  I played well this week.  I think I missed five greens and five fairways. I hit it good and I putted it well.”


Golliher played his final 35 holes of the tournament bogey free with 11 birdies.  He posted rounds of 69, 66 and 68.  Mike Albonetti (Memphis) entered the final round one stroke back of Golliher but finished with a 73 to drop to third place at 7-under, 209.


Jackson – a 20-time TGA champion and the 2016 winner of the tournament – closed with a 65, which tied the tournament record for lowest 18-hole score,  but it wasn’t enough.  Jackson went 71-71-65 to finish at 9-under, 207.


Jackson chipped in on No. 17 for his final birdie of the day.  Golliher was watching from the 16th green and turned to his wife as he walked off:  “I said, ‘Kristen, he’s going to make me earn it, and that’s the way it should be’,” Golliher recalled.


The title marks the ninth Tennessee amateur golf title for Golliher. He’s also won the state Senior Four-Ball four times, the state Four-Ball three times, and the state Mid-Amateur in 1996.


It’s been a busy month or so for the champion.  He played in the 2018 British Senior Amateur the first week of last month, where he finished T41.  He then went to Eugene, Oregon, Aug. 25-30 for the U.S. Senior Amateur.  There he placed 15th in the two rounds of stroke play qualifying before being upset in the opening round of match play.


“It’s been hectic,” Golliher said.  “We work hard.  I believe the only way you are going to be your best is if you dig it out of the dirt.  I was tired  I was tired coming into this tournament and I was looking forward to it being over.”


“There were a couple of times where I was very tired, particularly in the first round.”


Kenny Wilson of Franklin finished fourth at 5-under, 211.  Defending tournament champion Danny Green of Jackson rounded out the top five at 4-under, 212.






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Final round – Friday, September 14, 2018


1              Steve Golliher                     69-66-68-203

2              Tim Jackson                         71-71-65-207

3              Mike Albonetti                      70-66-73-209

4              Kenny Wilson                       70-71-70-211

5              Danny Green                        72-70-70-212

T6           Tom Schreiner                     73-70-71-214

T6           John Thomas                        71-72-71-214

8              Tim Dinwiddie                      71-73-72-216

9              Greg Guinn                           75-70-72-217

T10         Jeff Golliher                          69-74-75-218

T10         Craig McElhaney                 70-73-75-218

T12         Jerry Matthew                       71-78-70-219

T12         Scott Patton                          70-75-74-219

T14         Arnold Cunningham            71-76-73-220

T14         Ken Lee                                 74-72-74-220

T16         Bryan Kendrick                    70-75-77-222

T16         Phil Powers                           77-71-74-222

T16         Bryan Rodgers                     71-72-79-222

T16         Gary Simpson                      74-72-76-222

T20         Wes Payne                           77-70-76-223

T20         Ron Waters                           75-74-74-223              

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