Ben Wolcott wins Chattanooga Choo Choo on thrilling final day
(Ole Miss Athletics Photo)
Chattanooga, TN (July 27, 2016) -- When the day began it looked like crowning Ben Wolcott as the 2016 Chattanooga Choo Choo champion would be a mere formality, that couldn't have been further from the case. Wolcott did end up lifting the trophy but before he could he had to sustain a mad rally by Michael Nagy on the final day at the Council Fire Golf Course.
Wolcott began the day five-strokes ahead of Nagy, however by the time the two reached the final green they were tied at 15-under. With both players hoping to avoid a playoff, Wolcott stepped up and rolled in a championship winning birdie on the 54th hole, finishing 16-under and one in front of Nagy.
Following rounds of 67-64 Wolcott, a senior at Ole Miss, fired a closing round 3-under 69. Wolcott played well for much of the day as he carded six birdies and three bogeys.
Nagy, a recent Tennessee graduate played at a torrid pace for much of the day and he was 8-under through 13 holes. On the front nine, Nagy birdied five holes to turn up the heat on Wolcott. After turning in 5-under 31, Nagy birdied three of his first four holes on the back nine to reach 8-under for the day, and 16-under for the week.
At that point anything seemed possible for Nagy but his surge came to a screeching halt on No. 14 when he carded his only bogey of the day. Nagy wouldn't birdie another hole for the rest of his round and he had to settle for a 7-under 65 that left him a stroke back.
Wes Gosselin (Chattanooga) finished in third at 11-under, Peyton Sliger (Lee) was 7-under in fourth and Garrett Glanton (Abilene Christian) was fifth with a 6-under tally.