It has been over 20 years since Tim Holt has won an Indiana Section PGA event. Coincidentally, it’s been over 20 years since he did a stint as Assistant Golf Professional at Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello. Holt returned to his former place of employment on Monday and bettered the field with a 6-under-par 66 to win the Advantage Golf Monticello Open by a single shot over Monticello’s Ron Carter and Ft. Wayne’s Jeff Marsh.
"I love this golf course,” stated Holt of the long-awaited victory. "I feel very comfortable here and I really enjoy coming to this course.”
Holt’s last victory came in the 1991 Indiana PGA Assistants Championship. He is currently working at Nick’s Golf Center in Elkhart and is also in his fifth year as the men’s and women’s golf coach at Holy Cross College. He was the assistant golf professional at Tippecanoe Country Club in 1992.
The victory came as somewhat of a surprise to Holt, who admittedly has not played a great deal of tournament golf recently.
"I’ve been practicing but I haven’t been playing much,” Holt said. "I’ve been focusing on my short game and it paid off today.”
Holt credited his short game as being the key to getting him back to the winner’s circle.
"I chipped in on 12 and got up and down a couple of clutch times on 6 and 11,” Holt said. "My short game was on and that was the key today.”
Holt fired matching nines of 33-33 over the 6,700 yard Tippecanoe Country Club layout.
Deer Track’s Jeff Marsh and Monticello’s own Ron Carter tied for second with 5-under-par 67’s. Carter, who calls the Tippecanoe Country Club layout his home course, grabbed low amateur honors.