LOCAL GOLF ROUNDUP: Grand Island wins 2nd straight Challenge Cup

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

LEESBURG — Grand Island shot a 320 Sunday in the annual Challenge Cup to defend its title.

Playing in a scramble format, Grand Island got a 62 from captain Rod Murray and Bill Lambert and a 63 from Tyler Hanson and Roger Humphries to finish with a two-day total of 647, defeating Doublegate (342-318) by 13 strokes.

Stonebridge (349-332) came in third with a 681, while River Pointe (366-329) was fourth with a 695.

Doublegate’s Glen Herrell and Bill Sharpe shot the low round of the day Sunday with a 60, while River Pointe’s James Wade and Blake Clanton (61) and Stonebridge’s Rob Allen and Steven Garner (63) led their teams.

Grand Island, the host of this year’s tournament, has now won two straight Challenge Cup titles.

Former Darton golfer Tuten goes wire-to-wire at Augusta City Amateur

AUGUSTA --- In what he knew would be his final appearance in the Augusta City Amateur, former Darton golfer Shad Tuten took control Friday and never let go.

The 21-year-old Tuten, who will have turned pro by this time next year, completed a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

He led by three shots after the first-round and by two after 36 holes. He ended up winning by three, finishing in style by making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

That gave Tuten a final round of even-par 71. After opening with 66-68, he finished at 8-under 205.

Tuten, who was runner-up last year, wanted to play well in his final City Am.

"Yeah, pretty much that was in my mind," he said, "That, and finishing second last year. That was really in the back of my mind."

"What can I say?" said Tuten's mother, Juanita Tuten. "He turned it on today. He played very, very well. He wanted it bad and he showed he could do it."

Kelby Burton shot 72 on Sunday to finish second at 208. Georgia Regents University golfer Meechai Padungsiriseth (67) was third at 209 and former Aquinas golfer John Christian Whyte (70), who hopes to make the GRU golf team as a walk-on in the fall, was third at 210.

"I did what I needed to do today," said Tuten, a rising senior at Armstrong Atlantic State. "It was good. I knew I had to shoot even or under par to beat him (Burton)

because I knew he was going to come out here shooting at flags."

Tuten was born in Augusta and grew up in Elberton, where his family still lives.

"It means a lot," he said of the victory. "I've grown up playing in Augusta and played with all these guys. It means the world to me. It's a really good feeling."