Tripp Coggins claims the Savannah City Amateur
Tripp Coggins during the final round of the Savannah City Amateur <br>(Savannah Morning News Photo)
Tripp Coggins during the final round of the Savannah City Amateur
(Savannah Morning News Photo)

Savannah, GA (December 4, 2016) -- The Savannah City Amateur may have been delayed six weeks because of Hurricane Matthew but that didn't make Sunday's victory any less sweat for Tripp Coggins. Playing at Bacon Park Golf CourseCoggins finished 5-over and after trying to win the event for nearly two decades he finally broke through and landed in the winners circle.

“(The Savannah City Amateyr) has always been a tournament I wanted to win. It’s like our local major,” Coggins told the Savannah Morning News.

The final round was a bizzare one for the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball contestant as he overcame four double-bogeys by rolling in five birdies to sign for a 3-over 74. By just holding on throughout the round Coggin was able to defeat second place finishers Kevin King, the 2013 winner, and Terry Richter by three shots.

Coggins first tried to win the tournament as 15-year-old when he finished second in the darkness shortened 27-hole event.

The Senior Division was won by Bob Remler and Lonnie Breslow claimed the Legends Division.

-The Savannah Morning News contributed to this story

ABOUT THE Savannah City Amateur

Long a favorite of Savannah area players, this 54-hole tournament has been won by local legends like Doug Hanzel (5-time champ), Danny Nelson (5-time champ) and Jack Hall (multiple titles) play each year. Despite course conditions that at times are less than perfect, the Savannah City is contested on a classic 1926 Donald Ross design.

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