No one knew if Owen Chivers could win a senior division golf title in the Regions Bank Amateur Series, including Chivers.
"A win? I didn't really see that coming because there are so many good players," the Evans resident said after winning the Goshen Golf Classic last Sunday. "I was a little nervous coming down the stretch because I don't play in a lot of these tournaments."
Chivers, 58, held on. The Scotsman shot 69 to clip Jim Brisson by a shot, finishing two days at 1-under 143.
There were handshakes and pats on the back all around after the popular Chivers won. Senior kingpin Kenny Larry was among the happiest for Chivers.
Chivers was soaking it in, buying rounds for just about anyone.
The seniors love it when Chivers plays in these tournaments; it's just that he doesn't normally play in many of them.
This year has been a treat for the seniors because instead of playing in a handful, Chivers is playing a full schedule. That's because he wanted to earn enough points to make the six-man Georgia senior division team that will play South Carolina in the Regions Matches at the end of the year.
Even though he's clinched a spot on the team with his win he still plans to play in three of the remaining four tournaments. He would play in the final event, at Gordon Lakes, but he has a prior commitment. He's leading the points race (golfers recieve points for top 20 finishes) for senior player of the year, so that could hurt him if it comes down to the final event.
Next year, he'll be back to his old schedule of two or three starts a year. The seniors better enjoy his company this year while they can.