Fayetteville State alum ousts Justin Lower in playoff
Calabash, N.C. – December 20, 2012 – Chip Lynn of Lillington, N.C., fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the NGA TOUR Carolina Winter Series event on Thursday to force a playoff and ousted Justin Lower on the first extra hole to claim his inaugural victory on the NGA TOUR.
Lynn, a former Fayetteville (N.C.) State golfer, went bogey-free in the final round and earned $5,325 for his breakout win at Crow Creek Golf Club.
“I had a goal in the final round to hit every green, that way I wouldn’t make any bogeys,” said Lynn, who advanced to Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School in 2012. “I hit every green and kind of stayed steady all day.”
After starting the final round one shot behind leader Brad Boyle, Lynn took the lead early in the final round with birdies on Nos. 3 and 6. Lynn added another birdie on No. 10 and recorded pars on his final eight holes to join Lower, who fired a 7-under 65 in the final round, at 12-under par in the clubhouse.
The duo returned to the 10th hole for the playoff, and just as he did in the final round, Lynn birdied the par-4 to take the victory.
“I haven’t played anything since Second Stage, so I wanted to play something to have something to practice for,” said Lynn. “My practice hasn’t been that good, but I was putting well. I knew if I could keep it in play, I could do well. I went my last 41 holes this week without a bogey and that made the difference.”
Lynn needed to play mistake-free golf to keep up with the hard-charging Lower.
Lower, a former Malone University golfer, started the day tied for sixth and five shots off the lead, but he vaulted into contention with six birdies over his first 14 holes. Lower of Canal Fulton, Ohio, used back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to reach 12-under par, but he came up one shot short of his second victory of the season on the CWS in the playoff. Lower finished with rounds of 69-70-65 and earned $2,650 for the runner-up finish.
Former Francis Marion golfer Adam Hart of Blythewood, S.C., carded rounds of 71-66-68 for an 11-under 205 total and finished solo third, while Martin Jeppesen (66) and McCuen Elmore (69) finished tied for fourth at 10-under par.
Jared Wolfe (70) finished sixth at 8-under par, Joe Young (66) finished seventh at 7-under par and Boyle (76) finished eighth at 6-under par. Jack Fields (71) and Kevin McLister (72) both finished at 5-under par and tied for ninth.
The NGA TOUR would like to thank all the players and staff at Crow Creek for a great event. The CWS will return to action at the Barefoot Resort Dye Course on Jan. 8, 2013.
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