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Davis beats Taylor in playoff for Tillinghast title

By Gene Renfro, Sports Correspondent • Jun 2, 2019 at 8:23 PM

JOHNSON CITY — The 14th annual Tillinghast Invitational needed an extra hole to determine the championship, and a veteran took the trophy home at Johnson City Country Club on Sunday.

Tanner Davis parred the first hole of a playoff to beat Chance Taylor and claim the title.

Davis and Taylor each matched a 71 from Saturday’s round to force the playoff, which started and ended on the 18th hole. The 142 total was the highest score for a winner since Joe Meade won the 2008 event with a 143.

Sunday’s extra hole marked the fourth time a playoff decided the tournament winner.

Davis, a Kingsport native who graduated from Dobyns-Bennett in 2002, saw his tee shot on the playoff hole land in the fairway and his approach came up about 15 feet short. Taylor, a Gate City resident, hit his drive left and his second shot hit a tree, ending up in the greenside bunker.

Taylor’s third shot rolled to about 12 feet and he putted about 30 inches past the hole, leading to a bogey. Davis left his birdie attempt short by 15 inches but made the par putt to clinch the top spot.

“It feels great. I’ve worked really hard for this the last couple of years,” said Davis, a Carson-Newman alum. “It’s been a long time coming. I knew I could do it; it was a matter of doing it.”

Davis birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and Taylor birdied the final hole to force the playoff. Taylor, a rising sophomore at Tennessee Tech, needed a back-nine 33 to earn his 71.

“I struggled on the front nine and shot 3 under on the back, which was really nice. The birdie on the last hole to get into the playoff was a good thing,” Taylor said.

Beforehand, Nick Forsberg and Tommy Miller shared the clubhouse lead with even-par 144 totals. Miller carded a 69 on Sunday thanks to birdies on Nos. 15 and 18. Forsberg started strong with three birdies on the first four holes en route to a final-round 70.

Mike Poe posted a second 68 to capture the senior championship flight. He was 2 under though the first six holes before an eagle on No. 13. Poe played the final four holes even-par to win by six shots over Tim Dinwiddie and Cary Daniels.

Dinwiddie also posted two sub-par rounds with matching 71s. Daniels had the division’s second-lowest score of the day, 69, to move up a spot.

“I played really well from tee to green; where they had the hole locations you were going to have to make 4- to 5-foot putts to save par,” Poe said. “If you got something close, you had to make it.

“It was fair and they did a great job running the tournament. I happened to keep it in play and make some putts.”

Dan Constantino and Dan Robbie maintained their leads in the first and second flights to win. Rick Morgan overtook the co-leaders with a 78 to take the senior title by three shots.


Tillinghast Invitational

Sunday at Johnson City CC

Final Round

x-won playoff

Championship Flight

x-Tanner Davis 71-71 — 142

Chance Taylor 71-71 — 142

Nick Forsberg 74-70 — 144

Tommy Miller 75-69 — 144

Chip Spratlin 72-73 — 145

Cayman Ratliff 72-73 — 145

Joe Brooks 72-73 — 145

Austin Carter 72-73 — 145

Nelson Dickson 74-71 — 145

Ben Campbell 74-72 — 146

Seth Crawford 74-72 — 146

Taylor Smith 71-76 — 147

Cody Carlson 76-72 — 148

Lucas Armstrong 72-76 — 148

Nick Cohen 77-71 — 148

Tory Davis 72-77 — 149

Blake Howard 74-75 — 149

Ken Miller 76-73 — 149

Alex Bradford 78-71 — 149

James Beckner 72-78 — 150

Daniel Foster 74-76 — 150

Noah Jones 74-76 — 150

Hunter O’Neal 79-71 — 150

Matt Love 75-77 — 152

Matt Dibella 81-71 — 152

Gibson Miller 74-80 — 154

Andrew Wilmoth 78-76 — 154

Andrew Pisacano 80-74 — 154

Ethan Mays 77-78 — 155

Carter Counts 82-73 — 155

Chris Schaff 78-78 — 156

A.R. Rhea 77-80 — 157

Drake Crawford 80-77 — 157

Cameron Dugger 76-82 — 158

Will Hannah 77-81 — 158

Caleb Moss 79-80 — 159

Richard Lowe 80-79 — 159

Ben Treadway 80-80 — 160

Hunter Hartman 82-78 — 160

Kolby Evans 84-77 — 161

Jordan Williams 85-78 — 163

Joe Culpepper 85-79 — 164

Mike Hembre 90-83 — 173

Allison Woodward 86-88 — 174

Michael Kucera 89-88 — 177

Matthew Bateman 79-WD

Charlie Strange 82-WD

Chad Jones 85-WD

Lawrence Largent WD

Lucas Tabor WD

Senior Division

Mike Poe 68-68 — 136

Tim Dinwiddie 71-71 — 142

Cary Daniels 73-69 — 142

Bill Argabrite 73-70 — 143

Mark Atkins 77-70 — 147

Michael Wood 74-75 — 149

Tony Gouge 80-71 — 151

Bryan Rogers 80-73 — 153

Dave Daniel 72-81 — 153

Bill Hardin 77-76 — 153

Lyman Fulton 79-76 — 155

James Fender 78-78 — 156

Dwight Scott 81-75 — 156

James White 80-77 — 157

Charles Smith 77-81 — 158

Scott Campbell 81-77 — 158

Eddie Bailey 81-78 — 159

Brad Rinella 80-79 — 159

Roger Chadwell 76-86 — 162

Brian Bonfardin 82-82 — 164

Steve Love 85-81 — 166

Jim Branter 92-94 — 186

First Flight

Dan Constantino 70-78 — 148

Josh Taylor 77-77 — 154

John Minton 78-79 — 157

David Greer 79-78 — 157

Josh Aldridge 81-79 — 160

Brandon Moore 81-80 — 161

Shawn Stewart 87-75 — 162

Dan Sanders 84-80 — 164

Gracen Clark 85-81 — 166

Tommy Tipton 79-87 — 166

Daniel Sochalski 81-87 — 168

Mitchell Nidiffer 90-80 — 170

Dakota Rash 91-91 — 182

Hunter Tipton 93-WD

Second Flight

Dan Robbie 81-86 —167

Mike Davis 97-84 — 181

Tony Southard 96-85 — 181

Casey Goetz 88-94 — 182

Cole Greer 97-86 — 183

Felicia Nidiffer 98-92 — 190

Copper Tipton 95-98 — 193

Caleb Tipton 102-97 — 199

Senior Flight

Nick Morgan 82-78 — 160

Chris Tidwell 81-82 — 163

Warren Ballagh 85-80 — 165

Joe Avento 81-86 — 167

Marvin Orio 85-88 — 173

Rick Eggers 94-84 — 178

P.J. Johnson 95-86 — 181

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