Lawrence breaks through for first victory of the year at The Overlook Golf Club
What an exciting week on the tour as Chad Lawrence was able to make a miraculous up and down on the 18th to just sneak by John Theriault who 3 putted on the 18th to win the seasons 8th and final regular season event. The tournament was close between Chad, Johnny and Greg Landolfo all day but after Landolfo put his 3rd in the water he played himself out of contention which left the door open for an exciting finish on the 18th green in front of a large gallery of 1 person.
John was the first to hit his approach into the 18th and left if out to the right in a safe area knowing he had a few shots to play with, Chad knew he had to be a little aggressive but yanked his 3rd and it ended up in an area of leaves, bushes, twigs and had some branches to contend with for his 4th. After Johnny chipped it up to the green leaving himself about 25 feet left for par, Lawrence knew he needed to do something special to give himself a chance. He hacked a shot out of a messy area which ended up just trickling its way up through the rough and onto the green leaving himself a 15 footer for par. Johnny then left his par putt about 10 feet short as he was hesistant with a ridge by the green which set the stage for the Lawrence putt. He hit it firm as it was up hill and it had just enough to sneak in on its last revolution, which was followed up by an intense fist pump. Johnny left his 2nd putt short and finished the whole with a double bogey which gave Lawrence the win. When asked by no one how he felt about the putt Lawrence responded with “I had been hitting putts all day, and with the weather this week the greens were rolling slow so my first thought was just to make sure I got it there and gave it a chance” and a chance he gave it, and with that he got his first win of the year.
The tour returns to action in 3 weeks on Sept 9th at Amherst Country Club as the playoffs get underway and the excitement really begins to heat up.
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