Phillip Lee wins Tennessee Mid-Amateur with Final Round 67
Phillip Lee with Tennessee Mid-Amateur trophy <br>(TN Golf Photo)
Phillip Lee with Tennessee Mid-Amateur trophy
(TN Golf Photo)

BRENTWOOD, TN (October 8, 2016) -- Phillip Lee had one of just two under-par rounds on the day and he was able to come from five-strokes back at the start of the day to win his second Tennessee Mid-Amateur. Lee closed with an impressive 5-under 67 on an extremely windy day to finish 4-under and ahead of the leader after each of the first two rounds, Joseph Deraney by a stroke.

Beginning the final day at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club 1-over, Lee carded his first birdie of the final round on the 4th to reach even-par for the week, only to double-bogey No. 6 to fall seemingly out of the mix. However, from that point on Lee, who also win the event in 2013, was flawless. The surge began with birdies on the 7th and 9th holes as Lee turned in 1-under 35.

Now on the backside, Lee reached red figures with a birdie on the 11th before closing with a remarkable three consecutive birdies from Nos. 15-17. Overall Lee birdied seven holes and double-bogeyed one during his Saturday round. Lee had previously carded scores of 75-70 on the first two days.

Deraney, who opened the tournament with a 6-under 66, led after each of the first two rounds but a second straight over-par score did him in. The winner of two Majors of Amateur Golf in 2016 birdied No. 2 but three bogeys and only more birdie followed and Deraney finished with a 1-over 73 to end his week 3-under.

Corey Rochelle finished third 2-over, Ryan Greer was fourth at 4-over while an additional three players shared fifth at 7-over.

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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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