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Tennessee Tech signee holds on to capture Lonesome Pine Invitational title

Kevin Mays • Jul 22, 2018 at 7:26 PM

BIG STONE GAP — The Lonesome Pine Invitational has had some close contests in its 87 years. This year’s version of the longest-running invitational golf tournament in the Tri-Cities region was no different.

Recent Gate City graduate and Tennessee Tech signee Chance Taylor birdied the final hole Sunday to take a one-stroke win over former pro and Virginia Tech graduate Garland Green of Tazewell, Va.

ROLLING ALONG

Taylor finished with a 3-under 139 for the two-day tournament at Lonesome Pine Country Club.

He entered Sunday’s final round with a two-stroke lead over Green, who played pro on the eGolf Professional Tour for just over three years after playing at Virginia Tech, and nine-time defending Lonesome Pine Invitational champ Bill Sergent III, a Big Stone Gap native who now lives in London, Ky., and coaches golf at Union College in Barbourville, Ky.

Taylor needed the cushion when his group made the turn at the clubhouse.

“I think I was ahead by one on the front, and I double (bogeyed) 10 and he went ahead by one,” Taylor said of Green, a member of the Tazewell County Country Club who returned to amateur status in October.

The two played evenly through most of the back nine.

With the possibility of a playoff headed to the final hole, Taylor birdied to finish with a 1-under 70, a stroke behind Green, who shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday. But the birdie and the 70 for Taylor was good enough to give him the tournament championship.

The Gate City grad will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., this fall to begin his collegiate career for Tennessee Tech.

“It’s nice to win one before I go down there,” said Taylor, who will be playing in a PGA Wyndham Qualifier before heading to school.

TOP 10

Sergent and George Roat tied for third place in the championship flight. Each had a two-day total of 144.

Mike Poe finished with 147 to place fifth, while Mike McCall (149), Tucker Alley (150), Evan Sturgill (150), Tanner Carrol (151) and Hunter Lunsford (151) rounded out the top 10 in the championship bracket.

SENIORS

In seniors play, Pudge Vanhoose, of Paintsville, Ky., shot 145 for the tourney to edge out James White and Tony Green, of Kingsport. Both White and Green finished with 146 for the tourney.

Kingsport’s Bob Ross won the Super Seniors flight, thanks to a 2-under 69 on Sunday that gave him a 142 two-day total.

Andy Black finished second in the flight with a 149.

OTHER WINNERS

Flight winners in the tournament included Charlie Glenn in the first flight, Mark Lunsford and Landon Sloan in the second flight, Brandon Moore in the third flight, Tanner Alley in the fourth flight and Frank Demoisey in the fifth flight.

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