Lee Wins Championship at Greystone
When the decision was made to move the Greystone Golf Club Championship from October to August, organizers were hoping they would get some better conditions to play in. Boy did they!
The weather was absolutely beautiful this past weekend, giving the 84 players who teed it up the chance play their best.
A number of players took advantage of the great shape of the course, shooting numerous rounds under par.
Flight winners Philip Lee, Joey Epley and Mike Hastings all broke par in Saturday’s opening round.
Lee, who was the defending champion in the Championship Flight, had the best day on Saturday, shooting six-under 66 and enjoyed a 5-shot lead.
Epley, winner of the First Flight, shot an excellent 70 on the first day. and also had a comfortable lead.
Hastings, who won the Senior Flight, shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday, but was closely followed by Bob Dant, who shot 72, and two-time defending champion Steve Williams, who shot 73.
The second round saw most scores rise and players not only dealt with the pressure, but also some tricky pin placements.
None of that seemed to bother Epley, who shot a 69 on Sunday for a 139, the best total of the tournament.
Lee came back with a 75 on Sunday, but had built a comfortable enough lead to cruise to victory.
The tightest contest was in the Senior Flight. Williams grabbed the lead after three holes, going par, par, birdie while Hastings struggled with a bogey, bogey, par start. But he tied Williams with a birdie on 17 and regained the lead with a par on 18.
Hastings maintained a one-shot lead going into the final hole.
Williams hit a great shot to reach the par 5 in two, but raced his eagle putt 10 feet past the pin, then missed coming back. Hastings was able to then two putt for the win.