Two first-time TGA champions crowned at Tennessee Senior/Super Senior Amateur
With some of the top names in Tennessee amateur golf history following closely in his rearview, Tim Dinwiddie never faltered.
The Afton native claimed his first-ever Tennessee Golf Association title at Tennessee Grasslands on Thursday as he held on for a one-stroke victory over Tim Jackson to take home the Tennessee Senior Amateur championship.
Dinwiddie turned in a three-day total of two-under, 214 on the Links Course, including a 74 in the final round.
“Everything was really steady,” said Dinwiddie. “I didn’t really make any bad mistakes this week, and I think that was the difference.”
“I’ve finished second in this one year, but it just tickles me to death to finally win one.”
Jackson, who just last month won his record 25th TGA state title in the Tennessee Senior Four-Ball, made things interesting by firing a final-round 69, but a bogey on the final hole ended up costing him a shot at a playoff.
Steve Golliher, the 2018 tournament champion, finished third at even par, 216, followed by Michael Albonetti (+1, 217), Ken Lee (+2, 218) and three-time champion Danny Green (+3, 219).
Dinwiddie entered the final round with a three-stroke lead after a second-round 68 that included five birdies over his final 12 holes.
He was cruising along on Thursday with eight consecutive pars to begin his round before he made a double bogey on No. 9. He got one of those back with a birdie on 11 and continued on as none of his playing competitors could make a run at him.
But as the tournament headed to the home stretch, defending champion Jackson started to get on a roll. He posted back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 and then added more on 15 and 17.
As Jackson headed to 18 at 2-under for the tournament, he sat one stroke back of Dinwiddie. The Williston native ended with a three-putt bogey, though, unaware that Dinwiddie had bogeyed No. 17 behind him.
Dinwiddie got up and down from just off the green on his final hole to seal the win.
The course at Tennessee Grassland played tough the entire week after receiving nearly eight inches of rain just prior to the start of the tournament. No player in the field shot multiple rounds of under par and there were only seven red numbers posted the entire week.
In the Super Senior Division, there was another first-time TGA champion as Tennessee Grasslands members Gene Lomax claimed a two-shot victory over two-time tournament winner Neil Spitalny (2016 & 2017).
Lomax turned in a three-day total of two-over, 218 (74-71-73). His run to the title included a hole-in-one on the par three, No. 2 in the second round. It marked the seventh ace of his career, his third at Tennessee Grasslands and his second on that hole.
Ed Link finished third at five-over, 221, followed by defending champion Doug Harris (+7, 223) and round-one leader Randall Yoder (+10, 226).