WOLCOTT, Co. (Sept. 25, 2011) -- Keith Humerickhouse of Gypsum Creek Golf Course birdied the final hole Sunday to win his second consecutive CGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
The left-hander hit a 422-yard drive on the 18th hole at the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club -- aided some by a run down the cart path -- then put his 9-iron second shot 20 feet from the cup on the 590-yard par-5. A two-putt birdie from there gave him a one-stroke victory over Harry Johnson of Eagle Ranch Golf Course, who was trying to win the event just shy of his 62nd birthday.
Humerickhouse, 35, became the fourth player to capture the CGA Mid-Amateur title more than once, joining seven-time champion Rick DeWitt and two-time winners Steve Irwin and Rick Garber. The Mid-Amateur is limited to golfers 25 and older.
Humerickhouse, a former playing professional, led after each of the three rounds in Wolcott -- two at the Norman Course and one at the Fazio -- and his even-par 72 Sunday left him at 2-over-par 218. It was his second CGA championship of 2011 -- he also won the Western Chapter title -- and third overall.
Johnson, a resident of nearby Vail, held a one-stroke advantage in the middle of the back nine Sunday, but a 5-foot putt horseshoed out of the cup on No. 17, leaving him with a bogey. He rebounded with a 25-foot birdie on No. 18 to shoot a 3-under-par 69 and keep the pressure on Humerickhouse. But the left-hander finished strong, making two birdies on the final four holes and getting up and down for par on No. 17.
Including Humerickhouse, four former CGA Mid-Amateur champions finished in the top five on Sunday. Bill Fowler (the 1989 winner) placed third at 221, while Michael Harrington (2009) and Jon Lindstrom (2008) shared fourth at 222.
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