City Men’s Golf: Hudson finds focus for title

07/19/2014 11:21 PM

07/19/2014 11:24 PM

With his third consecutive day of sub-par scoring, Wofford’s Brannan Hudson claimed the championship in the City Men’s Golf tournament on his home course at Woodcreek on Saturday.

Hudson posted a three-round score of 209, seven shots under par.

Despite a double-bogey on the first hole, Hudson recovered to finish even on the front nine and finished 1-under par to claim victory.

“I’m actually kind of glad it happened. It kind of got me going, put a fire under me,” said Hudson, who rallied with birdies on the No. 2, 3 and 4 holes.

“I’m happy with how I responded. It wasn’t the best ball-striking day, but it was good enough to get the win.

“It’s special,” Hudson said of joining the tournament’s 78-year list of champions.

“You’ve got people like Bobby Foster, Steve Leibler, Dustin Johnson, all these guys who have gone on to do such great things. It’s special to be part of that.”

He shot 71 in the final round to best David Dargan and Presbyterian College golfer Sam Jackson, who tied for runner-up at 213.

Jackson had the tournament’s low round, hitting 66 in the final round. Jackson managed the course with five birdies and posted an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.

Robert Dargan earned the Scott Hannon Sportsmanship Award. Dargan, who has been tabbed to coach the A.C. Flora girls golf squad this fall, trailed the lead by three shots going into the final round and finished in fifth after notching a 2-over 74 in the final to finish at 215.

Dargan, who won the tournament in 2002, said it was an honor to take home the award named for his childhood friend, a goal he had “been thinking about for years.”

Hudson was grouped with Dargan for two rounds and had great praise for his company.

“I didn’t know him before this tournament, but it’s been great to get to know him and he’s just a great all-around guy. He was just so nice and encouraging through these last two days,” Hudson said. “Even when we were both playing badly, we were picking each other up.”

Flora’s Jennings Huntley won the junior division with a 54-hole score of 222. Jim Burgess’ 214 won the senior division, and Bob Stringer bested Vic Hannon 212-216 to win the super senior division.

The tournament, sponsored by Midlands Chevy Dealers, supports Fairway Outreach, which provides instruction and coaching for junior golfers of all levels of play.

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