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Wally Adams Third in Tourney
Monday, 17 June 2013

By GARY GRIFFIN, J-H Staff Writer

June 17-- The 20th century collided with the 21st century Sunday with the Okefenokee Invitational golf championship on the line ... and the 21st century prevailed.

Travis Williamson, 21, won his third straight Okefenokee tournament in a showdown with 62-year-old Wally Adams, a three-time Okee’ champion who last won it in 1983. Williamson started the final round with a one- shot lead over Adams and shot 70 while Adams carded a 77.

The great local hope — Tony Wheeler — slipped past the fading Adams to take second place, seven strokes behind Williamson and one ahead of Adams.

Williamson was one of the few in the field to find the course to his liking on Sunday. His 70 was the only sub-par round of the day.

Williamson (67-70-70—207) is just the second man in the 63-year history of the tourney to take three straight. Mark Drury, another Golden Isles golfer who claimed five Okefenokees in an eight-year span in the 1990s, turned his three-peat in 1991, ’92 and ’93.

Adams (66-72-77—215), a retired Glenwood banker, and Williamson should both be gunning next year for their fourth K.S. Varn Cup while Wheeler (69-71-74—214) will again seek his elusive first crown. He has finished high up the leaderboard in recent years in flirting with victory.

“It was a great tournament,” said Williamson, a junior on the Armstrong Atlantic University golf team. “I enjoy playing here. I’m back to 100 percent finally and I’ve been playing pretty solid.”

He underwent shoulder surgery 10 months ago and took a redshirt season collegiately. He’s excited about the prospects ahead for the Armstrong Pirates.

“The team looks pretty good coming up,” he said. “We should be solid. We’ve got a lot of talent.”

As for Adams, he bought a golf course upon retiring from banking.

“I’m not too sure why I did that,” he said. “I suppose just to have a hobby. When you’re losing money, it’s a hobby, right? As opposed to a job?”

Both Adams and Williamson announced plans to compete in the 2014 Okefenokee.

Josh Williams (70-72-75—217), of St. Simons, was fourth and Travis Lane (70-70-79—219), Adel, fifth, followed by three former champs tied for sixth, Duane Arnold (73-74-76—223), David Bennett (74-72-77

—223) and Timmy Crawford (72-75-76—223).

Andy Morris (71-71-83—230) and Bill Sharpe (70-72—W/D) brought up the rear in the Championship A Flight.

A spirited battle for the Seniors Flight 1 crown was won by Wes Bennett (74-74-77—223) by one shot over Sam Stovall (72-77-75—224). 

Clay Carroll (77-74-75—226), of Odum, was third.

And the Men’s Division Flight 1 was a runaway, Griffen Joyner (80-79-75—234), of Kathleen, Ga., winning by seven over Jay Beverly (81-80-80—241), of Pearson.

Adam Thomas (73-77-73—223), of Baxley, championed the Championship B Flight. The runner-up spot was a dead heat between Stacy Anderson

(76-74-76—226) and former two-time champ Scott Ferrell (71-77-78— 226).

Rounding out Championship B were Kyle Allen (St. Simons), Craig Wentworth (Thomasville), Shiloh Snow, Robbie Williams, Zack Smith, Mike Zito and Jeff Wainright.=

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