Nashville golfer notches 1-stroke victory at Tennessee Senior Open hosted by Stonehenge Golf Club
By KEITH WALTHER
Bill Breen caught fire when he needed to and showed ice in his veins when he had to.
The Nashville native got hot on the back nine, shooting a 3-under-par 33 — and then came up with a clutch sand save on the final hole — to secure the Tennessee Senior Open title last Tuesday at Stonehenge Golf Club.
Breen carded four birdies on the day and recorded the only under-par round of the tournament with a 70 on the final day.
Breen’s two-round total of 76-70-146 edged out Cookeville amateur Paul Korth by one stroke and netted him the $7,500 top prize.
“I played solid golf and was 4-under over my last 13 holes,” Breen told the Tennessee PGA. “I kept hitting fairways and greens and then was able to make a sand save at 18 for par.”
Breen splashed out of a greenside bunker on 18 and had a knee-knocker 3-footer left for his par.
“I was just thinking of all the putts I’ve made all my life that this is the same 3-footer I have been practicing,” Breen noted. “So … it was a good putt and I felt pretty confident about knocking it in.”
Still, it wasn’t over. Korth, playing in a group after Breen, fired his approach shot on the Par 4 18th to within 10 feet of the pin. A birdie would have put him in a tie with Breen, but his birdie putt narrowly missed.
Danny Briggs of Franklin finished alone in third with a 148 total, two strokes off the pace.
Crossville’s Eddie Wyatt finished 15th in the tournament at 78-76—154.
A record number of 143 players participated in the 2013 Senior State Open Presented by the City of Crossville. Unlike previous years of the Tennessee Senior State Open, the weather was sunny, beautiful, yet windy at the gorgeous Stonehenge layout.
New to the Senior State Open this year was a Super Senior division for participants 65 and older. Amateur Ron Kilgore of Knoxville held on to his first round three-shot lead to win the inaugural Super Senior division.
Crossville amateur Stephen Kehrer was the runner-up.
The Tennessee PGA expressed gratitude toward Stonehenge, Fairfield Glade and the City of Crossville for the excellent manner in which the tournament was hosted, saying:
“A great deal of gratitude goes to the City of Crossville and the Fairfield Glade Community for their Title Sponsorship support, as well as coordinating volunteers to assist with the tournament.
“City of Crossville’s Billy Loggins and Mayor JH Graham III make this event possible through their continued support, and have helped grow it to record numbers. Thank you to our other partners Fran Boone with Page & Tuttle, John McKenry, PGA with Callaway Golf, and David Rookstool of Pepsi. Without the support of our partners, Tennessee PGA events would not be possible.
“We would also like to thank host PGA Professionals Warren Huddleston and Steve Kraft, Superintendent Sean VanHoose and the entire staff of Stonehenge Golf Course for their hard work the past two days.”