Alcoa, TN – After two days of storms and a weather delay at Green Meadow Country Club, the 2020 Foothills Invitational wrapped up with Scott Wilson’s team taking the gold in the Team Division, and Braxton Hunter and Glenn Hudsons’ teams with a tie for silver.
Day one of the tournament brought inclement weather as play was delayed for just over an hour. There were plenty of birdies to go around Green Meadow in the Team Division as Team Wilson sunk twenty-one birdies and three eagles finishing the day at twenty-under, 124. Team Hudson was able to get a solid eighteen birdies and an eagle bringing them to eighteen-under, 126. Just three strokes behind our leader was Team Hunter with seventeen-under, 127.
In the Professional Division, the competition was even tighter, with Ryan Botts (66), Glenn Hudson, PGA (67), and Adam Forgey, PGA (68), all within one stroke of each other. The Senior Professional Division was dominated by Bill Breen, PGA with a score of eight-under, 64 who was six strokes ahead of Allen Fennel, PGA finishing round one with two-under, 70.
Meanwhile in the Scratch Amateur Division, Josh Collins (a) led with a first round score of seven-under, 65 and with Michael Bradshaw (a) and Todd Burgan (a) both trailing a stroke behind at six-under, 66. Ray Morton (a) led the Senior Scratch Amateur Division with a score of four-under, 68.
Although there was not a weather delay for day two, the players did have to play through some on and off again rain. Jared Melson’s team sunk twelve birdies to bring them from being tied for 7th place to finishing tied for 4th. Team Hunter and Team Hudson fought hard to catch up to the leader but ended up tying for second at thirty-one-under, 257. In the end, it was the team of Scott Wilson, PGA, Michael Bradshaw (a), Bryce Beeler (a), and Matt Copeland (a) that managed to keep their momentum from round one to keep the lead and the victory at the Foothills Invitational.
In the Professional Division, Botts kept the lead until the end finishing with an overall score of eight-under, 136. One stroke behind, Forgey and Hudson tied for second at seven-under, 137. Breen continued to power through and finished eleven strokes ahead of Audie Johnson, PGA (143) with an overall score of twelve-under, 132 in the Senior Professional Division.
Beeler pulled through with ten birdies in round two to win the Scratch Amateur Division with an overall score of fourteen-under, 130. His teammate, Bradshaw, finished two stokes behind at twelve-under, 132. Tracy Graham (a) won the Senior Scratch Amateur Division with an overall score of three-under, 141. Morton and his teammate Bryan Rodgers (a) tied for second place both pulling out three birdies in round two to bring their overall scores to two-under, 142.
Overall, the whole tournament was a great success with plenty of competition and players thankful to get out and play again. A special thank you to Rick McGill Toyota for sponsoring this year’s Foothills Invitational.