Keoni Vidrine turned a two-stroke deficit to good friend and former Tennessee Wesleyan College teammate Cody Godfrey after Saturday’s opening round at the Cleveland Country Club into a one-stroke (138-139) victory when the 36-hole event culminated at the Chatata Valley Golf Club Sunday.
The pair had both played in the Southern Amateur together at The Honors in Ooltewah in July after Godfrey, who was scheduled to be Vidrine’s caddy, made the field as an alternate when a player from Missouri didn’t show up for the event.
After shooting even par on the first 18 holes, Vidrine, a former Polk County High School standout who is entering his senior season at TWC, lit up his home course for a 6-under-par 66 to claim the title Sunday.
Godfrey, who played at Walker Valley before taking to the links for the Athens school, was the only player in the City field to break par in both rounds, shooting a 2-under 70 at CCC and a 3-under 69 at Chatata.
Another former Polk County standout and current TWC Bulldog Evan Ball, who edged both Vidrine and Godfrey to recently win the Chatata Valley Men’s Championship, finished third in the City event with a 73 in the opening round and a 4-under 68 on the final 18 holes for a 141 tally.
Lee University golf coach John Maupin finished fourth with a 1-under 143 (72-71), while Ryan Hulton was fifth with a 1-over 145 (74-71).
Walker Valley junior and reigning CCC club champion Dylan Lillard was sixth with a 3-over 147 (76-71).
In the City tournament’s Senior Division, Pudgie Payne opened the door on the last hole and Tony Farmer took advantage to claim the title in a one-hole playoff.
Payne bogeyed the final hole, which gave Farmer the opportunity to tie the match, and he did. When the players went back to No. 1 for the sudden-death playoff, Payne once again had to settle for a bogey, while Farmer sank his par putt to claim the crown.
Both players shot 149 in regulation with Farmer making up five strokes from an opening round 77 with an even-par 18 holes Sunday. Payne had a 2-over 74 at CCC and a 75 in the final round.
Pat Marcrom edged John Underwood and Neil Parks for third place among the seniors by a stroke.
Marcrom improved his 82 on Saturday to a 1-under 71 on the final 18 holes for a 153 total. Underwood and Parks both shot consistent 77-77 for 154s.