Owen Chivers was pretty sure it was going to be his day when he ran off a string of birdies early on the back nine in the Goshen Golf Classic on Sunday.
The 58-year-old Evans golfer was sure of it when he got a good break on the 17th hole that helped him make par.
That saved shot turned out to be the difference as Chivers parred no. 18 for 3-under-par 69 and a one-shot victory in the senior division over North Augusta’s Jim Brisson.
Chivers, who birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13, had just come off a bogey on No. 16 when he faced a 30-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th.
“I hit it too firm and it hit the hole dead center and it must have popped up 8 inches in the air and landed next to the hole,” Chivers said.
If the putt hadn’t hit the hole, it would have rolled off the green, Chivers said.
He still had to make a 7-footer for par on No.18 to finish off his 69 and win for the first time on the Regions Bank Amateur Series.
There was also a first-time winner in the regular division. Former Evans golfer Jacob Tilton, who will be a senior on the Armstrong Atlantic State golf team in the fall, shot 70 to win by five shots over Chase Epting (75 on Sunday).