MAY 28, 2012
Kris Mikkelsen successfully defended his 2011
John T. Lupton Memorial, coming from behind to
capture the 2012 title by three shots. Mikkelsen
closed with a 2-under-par 70 to finish at 2-under
214 at the 7,220-yard Honors Course near Chat-
Mikkelsen began the final round tied for
fourth, five shots behind second-round leader
Andrew Lawson, who fashioned a sterling 3-
under-par 69 in the second round. However, he
would balloon to a 78 in the final round, setting
up a back-nine duel between Mikkelsen and 2009
champion Tim Jackson, playing together in the
next to last group.
The turning point came at the par- 4 15th,
where Jackson made a bogey after tree trouble
off the tee, while Mikkelsen ran in a 30-foot birdie
for a two-shot swing.
First-round leader Tyler McKeever began the
day a shot behind Lawson, but he too struggled in
the final round, shooting 77. Lawson and McK-
eever tied for second at 217 with Jackson, who
posted a final-round 73.
Mikkelsen is building an impressive mid-am-
ateur record. In addition to two Lupton titles, the
former Georgia Tech standout also won the 2010
Coleman Invitational at Seminole Golf Club.
In the Senior flight, Doug Hanzel came from
four points behind after 36 holes to win the title.
Hanzel began the final day trailing first- and
second-round leader Brady Exber; he recorded
111 points in the Stableford points scoring system
to slip past Exber, Paul Simson and Neil Spitalny.
Hanzel made an eight-foot par putt on the
final hole; Simson and defending champion Exber
needed birdies to tie him, but both came up short.
Spitalny chipped in for birdie on the final hole to
secure his second-place tie.
tournament. In the final round, he had one of
those days all golfers dread and can relate to. He
began the day with four consecutive bogeys, and
added two doubles on the front side to play the
field back into contention. By the time he triple-
bogeyed the par- 5 15th, and after several unplay-
able lies, his title hopes had been dashed.
Michael Mahoney, from Scottsdale, Ariz., also
a member at La Jolla who took an eight-shot lead
into the final round, had a third-round 79 and won
the Super Senior division by three shots over Bob
Rowland and Jim Meyers.
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DUNCAN RALLIES AT TRANS-MISS SENIOR
Patrick Duncan Sr., of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,
rallied from an eight-stroke deficit in the final
round and won the second Trans-Mississippi Golf
Association Senior Championship at La Jolla
(Calif.) Country Club. Duncan, a landscaping con-
tractor, made birdies on the par- 5 15th and par- 3
16th holes to overtake Bob Kain. His 1-over 73
gave him a three-round total of 6-over 222.
Former USGA Senior Amateur champion
Kemp Richardson had birdies on his final three
holes and claimed second, one shot behind Dun-
can at 223. La Jolla Country Club’s Kevin Hayes,
who enjoyed a seven-shot lead entering the
round, struggled to a 15-over-par 87 and finished
tied for 10th at 12-over 228.
Hayes, playing in his first Trans-Miss cham-
pionship, had rounds of 72 and 69 to open the
ALABAMA WINS WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The University of Alabama won its first women’s golf title Friday, holding off two-time champ
Southern California by a stroke at the NCAA Division I championship. The Crimson Tide and coach
Mic Potter won their first national title when
senior Brooke Pancake rolled in a four-footer for
par on the 18th hole. Alabama finished at 6-over
294 in the fourth round for a 19-over 1,171 total.
It’s the third national title this year for Alabama (also football and women’s gymnastics),
and sixth for the Southeastern Conference.
Southern Cal trailed Alabama by 14 strokes after 36 holes and by two going into the final round.
The national champs in 2003 and 2008 tied the
Crimson Tide five times atop the leaderboard and
led by five strokes before losing the lead on the
back nine. Pancake led the way for the Crimson
Tide with a 2-under-par score of 286, which put
her in second place behind individual champion
Chirapat Jao-Javanil from Oklahoma, who finished with a 6-under-par score of 282.
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