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Benton’s McWilliams wins state Mid-Amateur tournament

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Benton’s Robby McWilliams won the 25th Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at Southern Trace on Sunday.

McWilliams, a four-time runner-up, shot a 4-under 68 in the final round, including a 33 on the back nine.
He also shot 68s in the first two rounds and finished at 12 under, four shots better than runner-up Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. Christovich won the tournament four straight times from 2010-2013.

McWilliams made only four bogeys in the tournament. He had 16 birdies and 34 pars.

“It means a lot,” the 48-year-old McWilliams said in a report on the LGA’s website. “Coming in second place four times is a tough pill to swallow and it takes a lot to come out and do it some more.

“I worked on my short game, and that was the difference between then and now. I hit it the same but it’s being able to get it up and down, making a few putts. It feels good. My goal was to have fun and enjoy the day, and I did that.”

McWilliams has qualified for next month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa.

Bossier City’s Jason Jenkins finished tied for 20th at 8 over.
Mid-Amateur tournaments are limited to golfers 25 and over on the day the event starts.

— Staff Reports