Jon Tandy learned how to play golf at Juniper Hill, spending his summers there as a youngster, and on Sunday he reached a goal by capturing the Juniper Hill Men's Club Championship.
"This is the first time I've won," he said, "but I've always wanted to win this tournament since I was about 14."
It took 20 years, but Tandy came through over the weekend with a two-day total of 138, good for a two-stroke win over Frank Wagoner. Tandy's score was the only under-par score of the tournament, and Wagoner shot even-par.
Tandy shot a one-under-par 69 Saturday and came into Sunday's round with four golfers within two strokes of him, but he didn't dwell on how close the field was.
"I just worry about what I'm doing," he said. "I can't control what everyone else does."
He appeared to run into trouble early, hitting a ball out of bounds on No. 2, but he quickly righted himself.
"I hit a ball out on 2," Tandy said, "but I came back and birdied 3, 4 and 5. After that it made the rest of the day pretty easy. I chipped in for birdie on 3 and 4, and I made a putt on 5."
With his chipping working well, Tandy was able to post another 69 Sunday to win the tournament.
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