COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 23, 2011) -- At the 17th green at Harrison Lake CC during the final round of the Senior Amateur Championship, Jim Anthony’s putter failed him. A three-putt bogey caused him to give up the lead he had held since hole 11. He began the day at 2-under after an opening round 70 and turned 2-under. That bogey moved him down to 1-under heading to 18 tee.
He knew Mike Cline was already in the clubhouse at 1-under (73-70=143) and not creating a birdie opportunity on the final par-5 could lead to a playoff.
“I was driving the ball well. I felt confident out there,” said Anthony. “I knew if I could get my drive in the fairway and lay my second shot up in the fairway I had a shot. I’ve played here enough to know that landing the ball above the hole on that green leaves you a questionable two-putt.”
He listened to his own advice and took the conservative approach of laying up in the fairway. His third shot avoided a downhill putt and landed almost exactly pin-high, but spin sent it back to the fringe 18-feet away. A two-putt par tied him with Cline at 1-under.
Unfortunately for Cline, he had to leave immediately after finishing his round and was unable to stay for the potential playoff, making Anthony a two-time Senior Am Champion. Terry Werner, Randy Nichols, Sam Till, and Dave Williamson all finished tied in second at even 144.
In the inaugural Super Senior Amateur Championship, Steve Paquin fired a second round 75 to add to his opening 76 and win by four shots over Jerry Jackson. The Super Senior competition was created in 2011 for players over age 65 to play from a shorter set of tees.
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