LUMBERTON — Two Sunday charges led to a pair of come-from-behind winners in the Regular and Senior Divisions of the 2016 Robeson County Golf Championship.
With the 37th edition of the RCGC set for this weekend, here’s a look back at the final-round comebacks and the dominating performances in both rounds that unfolded last year outside the Championship Division.
In the Regular Division, Junior Nance made up for a poor driving round in Round One with a steady round of 1 under on Sunday. His 71 in the second round had him tied with the lead after 36 holes with Michael White, the first-round leader. Nance’s scorecard had 17 pars and a birdie on the par-3 12th hole.
In the first, and only playoff hole, Nance was in prime position off the tee, and White was in the rough. Nance knocked his approach to 15 feet and sank the birdie putt, while White had trouble making contact with the ball and was unable to match the score on the hole. The win in the Regular Division for Nance came a year after he won the Senior division
Sitting two shots back of the lead going into the final round, Phillip Wallwork had a target score in mind to give himself a chance in the Senior Division. After shooting a 78 in the first round, Wallwork wanted to be at or under par was the goal for Sunday, and a 1-over 73 was enough for him to win.
The 18-hole leader, Pete Maynor fired an 85 and a final-round 76 from Eddie Williams wasn’t enough to contend with Wallwork. Outside of Donnie Beck — with a 79 and 78 — Wallwork was the only golfer in the Senior Division to have a pair of rounds in the 70s after he carded a 78 on the first day.
The Ladies and Super Senior Division came with a pair of wire-to-wire winners.
Former Purnell Swett golfer and now a current member of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke women’s golf team Meredith Godwin won the Ladies Division easily, after rounds of 78 and 80 — 25 strokes ahead of second place.
Godwin played in four tournaments this year for UNCP and had one top 10 finish at the St. Andrews Fall Invitational. During her freshman year, she had an 84 stroke average in nine rounds.
Bob McQueen earned his first title at the RCGC by shooting a 2-over-par 74 and finished the tournament at even par 144 to win the Super Senior Division. The 78-year-old fought off fatigue playing in the final round to hold off J.D. Revels, who finished four strokes behind him.
After a 2-under 70 in Round One, McQueen had a four-stroke cushion going into the final round. Tiredness wore him down as he closed with three straight bogeys.
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