MEMPHIS - A grueling week of golf in the Memphis heat proved to be no contest for a seasoned veteran.
Travis Womble won a total of seven matches in a four-day span to claim his first Tennessee Golf Association state title at the Men’s Match Play Championship at Colonial Country Club.
The 46-year-old Womble, a former Lipscomb University golfer, defeated Middle Tennessee State University sophomore Steven Haremski 3-&2 in the finals.
“Words can’t explain how much it means to me to have my name on a TGA trophy,” Womble said. “It just means everything.”
Making it even more special was the fact that Tim Jackson, the 2005 tournament champion and for whom the trophy is named after, was there to award it to Womble.
“Tim has become a good friend of mine,” Wimble noted. “For me to accomplish something that Tim Jackson has accomplished just makes me feel incredible.”
Womble, who resides in Nashville, never trailed against Haremski, and took a 2-up lead after winning holes 5 and 6.
Haremski got it back to 1-up on a couple of occasions but each time Womble answered. Womble won hole 14 to go back in front 2-up as rain showers started to pass through the area. He closed out the match by rolling in a 30-footer to win 16.
The Tennessee Match Play Championship started with 16 pools of four players each, with each player playing 18-hole matches against the other three players in their pool. The player with the most points in each pool then advanced to the 16-player championship bracket.
Womble defeated Rob Garland (2&1), Blain Turner (2&1) and Coleman Jones (4&3) on his path through the bracket.