Tenn. Open: Blanton, Caballero tie for low am
23 May 2013
see also: Tennessee State Open Championship, The Grove

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2013) -- Pro Garrett Willis is officially the 2013 SunTrust State Open Champion. This makes his second win in State Open history, with the other being in 2000. After falling to a tie during the round today with Jason Millard, Willis defeated Millard in the final hole to secure his victory.

Willis fired a third round of 72 (1 over par) to make his 54 hole total 207 (-6 under par). Jason Millard carded an even par 71 today to make his 54 hole total 208. The low Amateurs for the tournament were Blanton Farmer and Brendon Caballero who both shot a 1 under par, 212 for the whole tournament.

With the last hole being the deciding factor of the championship, it was quite a battle. Garrett Willis commented, “I had just birdied 2 out of the last 3 holes and had great momentum. The ball was in Millard’s court as to how the end would turn out.” “It feels amazing to be a second time champion; I had a great week from the start,” said Willis. Having never played at Gaylord Springs Golf Links he commented that the conditions were not easy, but that he thoroughly enjoyed the course and thought it was in excellent condition.

For more information on the State Open please visit tnopen.com

In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, “shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee.” From these small origins, the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state. The 65th Annual SunTrust State Open Championship is one of seventeen state championships that the Tennessee Golf Association conducts annually. For more information on the TGA, visit us online at golfhousetennessee.com.

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54 hole stroke play championship for professionals and amateurs. Applications are open to amateurs who possess an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index of 8.0 or less from a TGA member club or course.

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