Wells Padgett (left) and Tracy Chamberlin
The PGA Tour was not the only group playing competitive golf this weekend. With the PGA Tour back, amateur golf continued its momentum as the industry bounces back from quarantine.
Auburn junior Wells Padgett and his partner Tracy Chamberlin were nearly unstoppable in their Kansas Four-Ball Championship win at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan. With an opening-round 63, the duo was rolling early.
“I think we’re really good for a four-ball because he’s just very solid, he makes a bunch of pars,” Padgett said regarding Chamberlin. “I’m the one that can get the putter going and make a bunch of birdies.”
Chamberlin, an accomplished senior amateur and repeat Kansas Golf Association Senior Series Champion, approached Padgett to play in the event as the two have played a lot of golf together over the years and Padgett was looking for an event to fill his summer schedule.
Padgett shot a bogey-free seven-under on his own ball to Chamberlin’s 3-under first round. With Chamberlin carding a birdie on two holes that Padgett did not, the team made quick work to get to the top of the leaderboard. Tied with Josh Williams and Kit Grove for second place, Padgett and Chamberlin sat one off the lead behind Zach Sokolosky and Grant Herrenbruck.
With nearly no wind on the plains over the weekend, Padgett and Chamberlin took advantage of the slightly slow greens and low-90’s temperatures to best their first round.
With Chamberlin’s consistent play, Padgett was allowed to play aggressively as he carded a 10-under 62 to help the duo secure a four-stroke win.
“It’s really nice to have a guy you know is going to be in the fairway and never be in trouble off the tee,” Padgett said.
Shooting lights out under the gun of tournament play has done wonders for the Auburn Tiger.
“It was just really good to get into tournament play and just test my game out. Tournament juice is different than playing against your friends every day so it was nice to see my practice and work pay off under tournament pressure,” Padgett said.
Working with Scott Hamilton in Georgia while at Auburn and Bill Glasson in Oklahoma while at home in Witchita, Kan., Padgett has been grinding to get his game to the next level as he approaches his senior year with the Tigers.
Padgett is heading out to the Sizzler in Scottsdale next week before heading back home to compete in the Kansas Am and the Southern Am at Maridoe before heading back to Alabama for school.
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