Kyle Dunphy was trying to re-write history. Nick Wooley was trying to recapture his days of old. In the end, it was Wooley who prevailed.
Wooley backed Saturday’s 68 at American Legion G.C. with a 77 Sunday at Wildcat Creek G.C. to finish with a two-day total of three-over-par 145 and claim his first Howard County Men’s Golf Tournament title.
“I really didn’t know what to expect because I’ve been tinkering with a new swing a little bit,” Wooley said. “This was one of my goals for the year. I don’t know what else to say. I got to spend the last two rounds playing with my best friend Ryan Newell. If I couldn’t win it I was pulling for him. Words can’t really say how I feel.”
Dunphy entered the weekend seeking his third straight county golf title, something that hadn’t been accomplished since Bob Resener did it in 1930-32, the first three years of the tournament’s existence. It wasn’t to be, as Dunphy carded 78s during both rounds to finish in a tie for eighth place.
“I didn’t hit the ball the best,” Dunphy said. “I scrambled around Saturday and didn’t make any double bogeys, but had nine bogeys to go with my eight-over 78. [Sunday] I hit it pretty well, but got in trouble a couple times to end up with the six-over 78. I’m not disappointed. It was a lot of fun and another good year. There’s a lot of talent out here, and hopefully I can win the club championship over at Chippendale. That’s one victory I haven’t had yet.”
Ray Poat finished in second place with a 150 (71-79). Joshua Kinney also had a 150 (78-72), but dropped to third after a backup. Newell (71-80-151) took fourth, and Jeff Zimmerman (72-80-152) rounded out the top five.