Will Rogers claims victory in Regions Bank Amateur Series opener at Mount Vintage

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Will Rogers played steady golf to post a three-stroke victory over Jeff Pope in the Sunbelt Nissan/Golf Capital Invitational at Mount Vintage Plantation on Sunday.

Will Rogers shot 74 Sunday to win by three strokes over Jeff Pope at Mount Vintage.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Will Rogers shot 74 Sunday to win by three strokes over Jeff Pope at Mount Vintage.

Rogers entered the day one stroke back of Brad Davis in the regular division of the Regions Bank Amateur Series opener. But Davis, who opened with 3-under-par 69, faltered in the second round, carding 79 and falling four shots behind.

Rogers’ 74 was all it took to earn the win with a 144 total.

“I started out the tournament by missing a 1-foot putt on the first hole, but I was able to bounce back from that,” Rogers said. “I struggled putting on the front nine and my ball striking was normal, but I stayed consistent.”

Rogers, a 26-year-old Grovetown native, capitalized on 2-under 34 on the back nine Saturday to remain within striking distance. He opened the second round with 35 and cruised with 39 on the back nine.

Pope shot 71 in the second round to finish in second place. Davis, Chad Blackston and William Garren each finished four shots back of Rogers.

In the senior division, after 25 years, it took four extra holes for Steve Chapman to earn his first series win.

Chapman used two brilliant chips on consecutive playoff holes to hold off Danny Daniels in a four-hole playoff.

“I took some time off from the tournaments, but I made a commitment to play in as many as I can this year,” Chapman said.

“After 25 years, this is my first win, and right now it’s just all a blur.”

Chapman and Daniels were both one stroke back entering the final day of the tournament after shooting 72 on Saturday. Chapman opened Sunday’s round with 3-over 39 on the front nine before bouncing back with 2-under 33 on the back nine. Daniels had 40 on the front nine and responded with 32 on the back nine.

Chapman and Daniels each shot 72-73-145 for the two days. Chapman held a one-stroke lead before Daniels birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff.

Each player parred the first two playoff holes. Chapman was forced to hit consecutive 3-wood shots from the fairway on the third hole, but his chip onto the green lipped the cup, and he managed par to advance. Chapman again chipped to within one inch of the cup on the fourth hole and birdied for the win.


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