Instead, Cox fired back with a barrage of birdies on Sunday and never let up, overtaking first-round leader Mike Poe and capturing the tournament title.
Cox birdied nine out of his last 16 holes during the final-round rampage, finishing with a 66. After trailing Poe by a single stroke at the beginning of the day, Cox’s total of 138 gave him a five-shot victory over Poe, who carded a final-round 72.
“I knew if I was going to have any chance I was going to have to pour in the birdies to back him off a little,” Cox said.
In the end, the difference between first and second came down to putting. Poe knocked down the flag sticks both rounds but ended up with very little in the way of birdies to show for his precise shot- making.
“As far as we’re hitting it and as short as this course is, it comes down to a putting contest,” Poe said. “I didn’t make them and he did.”
After bogeying the first two holes, Cox posted birdies on the third, fourth and fifth to get back into contention.
From there, Cox made every putt he was supposed to make and even coaxed a handful of long putts into the hole.
“After I birdied the three in a row, I knew the putts were going to fall and I was putting well,” Cox said. “I made probably three putts today that I shouldn’t have made, 20- or 25-footers, but most of my birdies were inside of 10 feet.”
Mickey Jones, who shared the first-round lead with Poe, shot a 78 to fall out of contention.
In the senior flight, Bill Peoples followed his first round 69 with a 77, but his total of 146 was still good enough to give him a 10-shot victory over Junior Marshall.
In other action, Glen McPeak’s 147 ensured a six-shot win over George Smith in the super senior flight; Jay Robinson and Blake Blizard finished at 156 to share first-flight medalist honors; Brian Vleminckx won the second flight; and Mike Hooks captured the third.