Former Walker Valley standout Cody Godfrey claimed a five-stroke victory in the Chattanooga Men’s Metro championship, while Lee University coach John Maupin and Brandon Cissom won the Tennessee Four-Ball qualifier held at the Cleveland Country Club Monday.
Another former Walker Valley standout Avery George played in a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier in Stockbridge, Ga., Tuesday but failed to earn her second straight berth in the prestigious national event. The Middle Tennessee State University golfer sank a birdie on No. 8 but four double bogeys and a trio of bogeys gave her an 11-over 83 on the Eagle’s Landing Country Club course. Godfrey came out of the gate strong at the Metro with an 8-under 64 in last Friday’s opening round.
The sophomore to be at Tennessee Wesleyan College finished with a 4-under 68 on Saturday to push his advantage to five strokes.
Although he slipped to a 2-over 74 on the Windstone course in Sunday’s final round, nobody got within two strokes of his lead.
His 10-under, 72-hole 206 total held off a challenge from rising McCallie junior Gordan Hulgan, who pulled with two strokes when he eagled No. 15 Sunday, but then faded on the next two holes to settle for a tie for second place with former pro Richard Spangler with 211 totals.
A trio of Cleveland connected golfers — Bob Rice, Matt Roberson and Hunter Vest — tied for fourth place along with Mike Dunn and defending champion Jimmy White III, who all shot 4-under 212s.
Maupin and Cissom earned medalist honors with a 9-under-par 63 in Monday’s Four-Ball qualifier.
Eleven teams advanced to the state event, which will be played July 26-29 at the same course, including the area duos of Robertson and Matt Hadden, Rice and Drew Mays, plus Godfrey and TWC teammate Keoni Vidrine. The former Polk County standout served as Godfrey’s caddie for the Metro.