UNLV Grad Montgomery, Runs Away With Championship
Mayetta, KS—The wind was blistering the field, whipping through the thick fescue grass of Firekeeper golf course that kissed the tee shot of 54-hole leader Taylor Montgomery on the 2nd hole.
Montgomery blasted out of the thick rough behind the pin, staring down a 50-foot putt from the fringe. He stared down faltering like those at the top of the leaderboard out of the gate.
But like the rest of his day, the putt went his way. Montgomery drained the bomb, pulling another stroke ahead of the field to his five-stroke victory, turning in 17 under for the tournament.
Montgomery’s Conservative Approach
The 23-year-old UNLV graduate showed veteran savvy in the final 18 holes, turning to his driving iron to keep the ball in the fairway. His first bogey of the final round was on the 16th hole when he found the hazard to the right of the par 3’s green.
He casually chipped it to 5 feet for his bogey.
Montgomery showed no nerves throughout the whole day as well. Going into the 18th tee box, he asked his girlfriend a question, “Do you have any fruit snacks?”
He stomached that and what few nerves he felt, turning in a par after knocking his approach to 12 feet.
Odds and Ends
Chris Hanna and Nicholas Flanagan shot 7 and 6 under par to finish 3rd and 2nd respectively in the tournament on the final round. Hanna’s round was the lowest score of the tournament, two strokes off the course record set by Oscar Stark in our 2013 tournament.
In the opening round, APT hosted a Texas State Open qualifier for 19 of our players. Derek Oland and Matt Mabry qualified, shooting -4 apiece to secure a spot at The Cascades Club.
With the season halfway over, our money list is crammed up top. Gregory Yates sits atop with 6 events played at just under $38k won, while our top 11 players have all won over $20,0000.