Adam Gary wins pro division at Governor’s Open

Broadwater sinks eagle on No. 9, ties with Damron for amateur title

By Linda Younkin Published:

Two eagles ended two rounds of golf and decided the championships at the Farmers Bank Governor’s Open Sunday evening at Juniper Hill.

Amateur Benji Broadwater closed out his round with an eagle on No. 9, and pro Adam Gary did the same on No. 18.

Gary’s eagle gave him a one-shot win over Jared Wolfe and his third Governor’s Open title in the past five years.

Broadwater’s eagle put him in a tie with Mike Damron for the amateur championship.

Because it was too dark for a playoff when Sunday’s round ended, Broadwater and Damron were declared co-champions of the amateur division with scores of 103.

The tournament was shortened to 27 holes after heavy rains forced Saturday’s round to be cut to nine holes.

Broadwater, a graduate of Franklin County High School who now lives in Danville, also won the Governor’s Open in 1997.

“What a great way to finish,” he said about his eagle on No. 9. “I play on weekends when I can, so this was kind of unexpected.”

This was just Broadwater’s second tournament of the summer, and putting was a big key this weekend.

“I made all my short putts, four feet in, both days,” he said.

Broadwater grew up playing at Juniper Hill – “It’s been my home course from when I was 10 years old,” he said. For the past nine years he’s been a physical education teacher for grades K-8 in Washington County.

Damron, who lives in Florida, was making his second appearance at the Governor’s Open.

“I haven’t played this course in at least 20 years,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, and the greens were fantastic. For a short course it’s tough.”

Damron, who is in real estate, has family here and combined a visit with the tournament.

“I play a little bit,” he said. “I’ve won a couple of tournaments, one in Virginia and one in Florida.

“I putted well today and that was the biggest thing since the pin placements on some the holes were tough today.”

Gary, who also won the pro division of the Governor’s in 2008 and 2010, was tied for the lead with three other pros with a score of 32 after Saturday’s round.

Another 14 golfers were within two shots of the lead.

“Only playing nine holes there wasn’t a lot of separation,” Gary said.

There wasn’t much separation in Sunday’s round either, as Gary’s last shot gave him the win with a score of 96 (32-64).

“I holed out on the last hole with an eagle to win by one,” he said. “It was crazy. I bogeyed 17 and thought that’s about it, but you just never know.”

Gary, who lives in Bowling Green, teaches at Kenny Perry’s golf course and at Indian Hills. His teaching schedule hasn’t allowed him to play in a lot of tournaments this year, and he’s limited his play to mostly local tournaments.

“I putted really well,” he said about Sunday’s round, “and I drove the ball well. Everything all round went pretty well.

“Jared played really well. He led most of the back nine. I was just able to catch him on the last hole. Playing with him was a lot of fun. It’s always fun to play in the last group, win or lose, because you give yourself a chance.”

Juniper Hill pro Kirk Schooley won the senior pro division with a score of 105.

The top finishers in each flight are listed below, as are the top teams in Friday’s pro-am.

Pro Flight

1. Adam Gary 96 (32-64), 2. Jared Wolfe 97 (32-65), 3. Ben Fuqua 98 (33-65), 4. Brandon Brown 99 (34-65), 4. Bryan Conway 99 (33-66), 6. Grover Justice 100 (34-66), 6. Sean Moore 100 (32-68), 8. Brian Eaton 101 (33-68), 8. Lee Chaney 101 (33-68), 8. Mike Woodson 101 (33-68).

Championship Flight

1. Benji Broadwater 103 (37-66), 1. Mike Damron 103 (34-69), 3. David Dean 106 (35-71) SCP, 4. Lloyd Brown 106 (33-73), 5. Matt Way 107 (36-71) SCP, 6. Chris Chee 107 (36-71) SCP, 7. Rob Duff 107 (35-72) SCP, 8. Logan Adams 109 (34-75), 9. Vincent Vaughn 110 (38-72).

First Flight

1. Jon Tandy 107 (34-73), 2. Herb Sheetinger 112 (35-77), 3. Albert Tuttle 113 (38-75), 4. Ricky Bourne 114 (37-77).

Second Flight

1. Bert White 112 (37-75) won in playoff, 2. Darrell Smith 112 (35-77), 3. Kerry Moore 113 (36-77), 4. Steve Lockhart 116 (36-80).

Third Flight

1. Brian Hiles 113 (38-75) won in playoff, 2. Lemoyne Pilcher 113 (38-75), 3. Richard Eversman 116 (39-77) SCP, 4. Tom Baggett 116 (37-79).

Fourth Flight

1. Matt Griffin 116 (36-80), 2. Don Miniard 117 (37-80), 2. Raymond Casey 117 (40-77), 4. John Yoshizawa 123 (43-80) SCP.

Fifth Flight

1. David May 124 (44-80), 2. Chuck Dempsey 126 (44-82), 3. Bob Bond 127 (44-83), 4. Bryan McCoy 128 (43-85).

Sixth Flight

1. Danny Maddox 123 (42-81), 2. Howard Hazelwood 125 (42-83), 3. Bill Barnes 126 (44-82) SCP, 4. Scott Barnett 126 (41-85).

Seventh Flight

Gross: 1. Joe Brown 125 (40-85), 2. Kat Veerasethakul 126 (40-86).

Net: 1. Jarel Warner 97 (30-67), 2. Scotty Tracy 99 (32-67).

Pro-Am

1. Team No. 22 (Pro Brian Jones, David May, Garry Cerniglia, Denny Compston, B.J. Hurst, Lewis Hyatt) 167.

2. Team No. 16 (Pro Buddy Harston, pro Ryan Martin, Joe Mainous, Adam Hovermale, Donnie Rodgers II, Richard Schoff) 174.

3. Team No. 25 (Pro Adam Gary, Marty Young, Raymond Casey, Ralph Guess, Brendon Woody, Troy Woody) 178.

4. Team No. 7 (Pro Jamie Frazier, Bennie Thurman, Gary Sharfe, Bob Sharfe, Steve Redmon, James Johnson) 180.

4. Team No. 5 (Pro Brian Belden, pro Ben Fuqua, William Bell, Russell Romine, Gary Valentine, Brad Meyer) 180.

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