Chattanooga Choo Choo: Hogan Ingram notches comeback win
Hogan Ingram (Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational photo)
Hogan Ingram’s momentum could not be stopped as he barreled through Council Fire Golf Course en route to a win at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational.
Four shots back of overnight 36-hole leader Austin Vukovits, Ingram lapped his 36-hole score to par with a final round 65, jumping from 4-under for the tournament to 10-under at the snap of a finger.
Kicking the day off with back-to-back birdies on holes two and three, Ingram had a rather pedestrian front half as he was out in 32. Heating up with another birdie on No. 11, Ingram knocked home a pair of birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. The soon-to-be senior at Rome (Ga.) High School capped off the low round of the day with a birdie on 18 for a bogey-free 65, and the clubhouse lead.
As the leaders came in, the class of 2021 Georgia Southern commit saw his name stay atop the leaderboard, claiming his second tournament win in the past calendar month. Winning the Georgia Junior Championship in June, Ingram is proving to himself as well as others that he can get the job done.
“It’s awesome just to be able to compete with all the great college players here is unreal,” Ingram told WTVC News Channel 9. “To be able to come out on top is even better.”
Among those college players was Tennessee’s Chip Thomas. The Vol began Wednesday just a single shot behind Vukovits. Posting a 3-under 68, Thomas fell a shot short of Ingram.
Finishing in solo third-place was East Tennessee State’s Campbell Wolf. Wolf came from the middle of the pack just as Ingram did to pick up the podium finish with a 5-under 66.
As for Vukovits, the Mississippi State Bulldog could not get anything going as he slid from the top with a one-over 72, tying for fourth alongside three other competitors at 7- under.
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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