Bill Williamson with his second consecutive Cincinnati Mid-Amateur trophy
HAMILTON, OH (August 16, 2016) -- For the second straight year and third time in four years Bill Williamson has won the Cincinnati Mid-Amateur. Williamson finished 6-under and was able to squeak out the 2016 title by one-stroke over Brad Wilder thanks to a birdie on the final hole.
Playing at Walden Ponds Golf Club Williamson posted consecutive 3-under 69's. Williamson birdied five holes and bogeyed two during the first round. On Tuesday Williamson played even-par golf for much of his round and with eight holes remaining he was still 3-under and three shots behind Wilder, the Walter J. Travis Invitational runner-up finisher this year.
Wilder began his tournament with a first round 3-under 69 and found himself in a three-way tie for the lead with Williamson and R.J. Foltz. The second round for Wilder got off to a poor start as he bogeyed the 1st, but he quickly rebounded and reached 6-under with birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th holes.
The difference remained the same until the 13th hole when Wilder bogeyed to drop to 5-under. Things got even closer when Williamson birdied the 15th and then they were knotted at 4-under after Wilder bogeyed the ensuing hole.
With just two holes remaining both players moved to 5-under with birdies on the 17th, thus setting up the walk-off birdie dramatics for Williamson on the closing hole.
Williamson, who tied for 5th at the Coleman Invitational, finished his day with an emphatic three birdies in four holes.
Alex Rodger was the only other player in red figures at 1-under and in third while Mark Daniel and Ryan Rieckhoff were even-par and tied for fourth.
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