Todd Burgan cruises to third career Tennessee Mid-Amateur victory
Three-time champion Todd Burgan (TGA photo)
Three-time champion Todd Burgan (TGA photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Todd Burgan wrapped up his third career Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship on Friday afternoon at Ridgeway Country Club, firing 3-under par 68 at the 6,800 yard course in Memphis to run away with a six-shot victory.

The win for Burgan is his third title in the last five years, having won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012.

Burgan opened the event with a 66, which gave him a share of the first-round lead with Corey Rochelle, who was fresh off a nice win with partner Cole Floyd at the Tennessee Four-Ball. Rochelle's first round was bogey-free, but he began day two with two consecutive setbacks and wound up with 72 on Thursday, followed by 75 on Friday. He placed fifth, nine back of Burgan.

Meanwhile, the two-time champion fired two more under-par rounds to finish out the event, 70 on Thursday and 68 on Friday, to extend a 36-hole lead of one to six by tournament's end. He got his final round off to a spectacular start, birdieing three of his first four holes and cruising even par the rest of the way.

Philip Lee's steady play earned him a solo second place finish at 3-under par 213, including an opening-round 69. On Friday, despite a double-bogey on 16, he birdied the last hole to inch ahead of John Burch III for the runner-up position.

Burch posted 70-70-71 to take third place, a stroke in front of Ryan DuLaney.

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Open to amateurs age 25 and older who are members of a TGA Club. Qualifying is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format consists of 54 holes of stroke play with a cut following the second round.

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