Brayden Garrison (UT Athletics photo)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 25, 2018) – Brayden Garrison
more than doubled his leading margin Wednesday at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational, turning a three-shot lead into a seven-shot victory. Garrison’s rounds went up by one shot each day at Council Fire Golf Club, but when you start with 6-under 66, that doesn’t really matter.
Garrison, a rising junior at the University of Tennessee, had a 4-under 68 on Wednesday that included seven birdies and three bogeys. Garrison reached 15 under, and at seven shots ahead of Jordan Hahn, easily won the title. Already this summer, Garrison had played the Southern Amateur and the Southeastern Amateur, but only managed a T-39 and a T-50, respectively.
In 12 tournaments for the Vols last season, Garrison finished inside the top 25 five times, including a fourth-place finish at the Yale Spring Invitational.
Hahn, the runner-up, is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin. His round included two eagles but also a double bogey. In the end, he landed at 2-under 70 and was 8 under for 54 holes.
Lake Johnson, a Chattanooga native, finished third at 7 under. He had 68 on Wednesday, and his only bogey came at No. 17. Johnson plays for Tennessee-Chattanooga.
After two rounds, Michael Barnard was in second, but after three rounds, he finished fourth. Barnard followed a second-round 66 with a third-round 74 that caused him to lose some ground on the leaderboard. Barnard is a Gallatin, Tenn., native who plays for Middle Tennessee State.
Two players shared the fifth spot at 5 under, which was 10 shots off Garrison’s final score. States Fort, who plays for Coastal Carolina, had even-par 72 to reach that position and Ben Rebne of Dalton State College had 1-over 73.
ABOUT THE Chattanooga Choo Choo
54-hole stroke play national invitational with a 90-
player field and no cut. An 18 hole open qualifier is
event for non-exempt players.
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