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Till Fires 66, Widner Gets First Ever Win

September 20th, 2011

With an impressive 7-under 30 on the back nine and the tournament’s low round of 66, Sam Till won his Senior Amateur division of the Pepsi Indiana Golf Championships by a clear lead of three shots at Broadmoor CC Tuesday. His two bogeys on the front were negated when he eagled the par-5, 12th hole following a birdie at the par-3 11th. “I made eagle and still couldn’t get the honors on the tee!” joked Larry Nicolet, who was paired with Till. Till explained that he was able to hit everything close all day long, hardly leaving himself any difficult putts for birdie or par.

The next best score overall was a 68 by PGA Professional Fred Mattingly, who won his PGA division. And Bill Schumaker took the Senior PGA division with a 71.

The only division that called for a playoff to decide the champion was the IGA Amateurs. Brett Widner and Joe Mahurin both fired rounds of 71. Back at the first tee for the playoff, Widner striped his drive down the middle of the fairway, while Mahurin pulled his a little left into the rough. Widner stuck his approach to 8-feet past the hole on the green, but Mahurin had a tough shot at the green and missed short left. Despite a great chip to a mere foot, Widner made his birdie putt and celebrated his first IGA-PGA win ever. “I’ve been playing really, really well lately,” he explained. “I’m very happy.” And he has been playing well – he has finished runner-up in three recent IGA events: the McDonald’s Series #3 and #4 and the IGA Team.

The Pepsi Golf Championships is an invitational for the highest point winners from the current IGA-PGA season. Monday’s round was rained out and the championship was shortened to 18 holes.

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