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Victor Kyatt Wins Alabama State Mid-Amateur Championship in Playoff

Victor Kyatt of Bessemer - 2019 Alabama State Mid-Amateur Champion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Final round results of the 31st Alabama State Mid-Amateur Championship of the Alabama Golf Association hosted by Pine Tree Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 (7026 yards, par 36-36—72, 74.2/138).

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Victor Kyatt of Bessemer wins his second Alabama State Mid-Amateur title by edging long-time friend and 2008 Mid-Amateur Champion Woodie Eubanks of Oneonta on the first playoff hole. Kyatt won the title in 2014 at Montgomery Country Club.

Playing in the group ahead and starting the day four shots back of the lead, Clay Guerin of Hoover, stood at five-under for his round that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard for most of the back nine including a share of the lead standing on the 18th tee. However an errant tee shot on the final hole led to a bogey that dropped him back to 211 (-5) and third place finish for the championship.

Eubanks, playing in the last group with Kyatt, rolled in a 12 foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to tie Guerin and followed that with a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to take a one shot lead playing the 18th hole. Kyatt also birdied the 17th hole to remain one shot back of Eubanks.

Kyatt, a member at tournament host Pine Tree Country Club, now needed a birdie on the final hole to catch Eubanks. Kyatt hit his approach to 50 feet while Eubanks almost holed his second shot that landed two inches from the hole and settled to 10 feet. Kyatt was first to play and holed his miraculous 50-foot birdie putt to tie Eubanks at 209 (-7). Eubanks now had to make his birdie putt to win but his effort just slid by the left edge forcing a playoff.

In the playoff, Eubanks’ tee shot plugged in the fairway bunker and had to pitch out down the fairway. From the fairway, Kyatt hit his approach to 40 feet. Eubanks hit his third shot to 25 feet leaving a lengthy par putt. Kyatt was first to putt and snuggled his birdie effort to one foot. Eubanks missed his par putt leaving a tap in for Kyatt to win the championship.

Two-time defending champion Stewart Whitt of Athens posted a final round 75 to finish in a tie for 28th place at 225 (+9).

Round 3 Notes:

  • 6 players finished under par through 54 holes with field average score of 78.2 for the championship
  • 68 (-4) was the low round of the day carded by Clay Guerin of Hoover
  • 181 birdies and 2 eagles posted in round three
  • Easiest hole: No. 6, 493 yard par 5, 4.72 scoring average
  • Hardest Hole: No. 14, 409 yard par 4, 4.59 scoring average

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This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.

Final Results

Rank

Player

City

R1

R2

R3

Total

To Par

1

*Victor Kyatt

Bessemer

73

66

70

209

-7

2

Woodie Eubanks

Oneonta

74

65

70

209

-7

3

Clay Guerin

Hoover

71

72

68

211

-5

4

James Salter

Auburn

69

71

72

212

-4

5

Alan Coshatt

Birmingham

69

73

71

213

-3

6

Jacob Randall

Trussville

73

71

71

215

-1

T7

Josh Upton

Maylene

69

76

72

217

1

T7

Lance Goodson

Birmingham

71

73

73

217

1

9

Thomas Kayworth

Auburn

74

71

73

218

2

10

Jack Brown

Birmingham

74

74

71

219

3

T11

Jones Brown

Birmingham

76

72

72

220

4

T11

Will Thompson

Birmingham

75

75

70

220

4

T11

Jackson King

Hoover

73

70

77

220

4

T14

Haymes Snedeker

Point Clear

75

75

71

221

5

T14

Richard Douglas

Birmingham

75

73

73

221

5

T14

Sam Audia

Birmingham

75

73

73

221

5

T17

Eric Howle

Chelsea

74

74

74

222

6

T17

Charles Noto

Birmingham

73

72

77

222

6

T17

Andrew Kniphfer

Tuscaloosa

77

73

72

222

6

T20

Matt Ritchie

Mobile

73

70

80

223

7

T20

Shaw Pritchett

Montgomery

72

76

75

223

7

T20

Scott Weaver

Madison

78

73

72

223

7

T23

Claud Cooper

Birmingham

72

76

76

224

8

T23

Neill Hatcher

Birmingham

76

74

74

224

8

T23

Ryan Campbell

Meridianville

76

74

74

224

8

T23

Steven Hudson

Birmingham

71

77

76

224

8

T23

Matt Gourgeot

Decatur

76

78

70

224

8

T28

Alex Balog

Millbrook

76

74

75

225

9

T28

Jay Hayes

Sumiton

72

72

81

225

9

T28

Scott Cornette

Montgomery

76

73

76

225

9

T28

Stewart Whitt

Athens

77

73

75

225

9

T28

Braxton Gillespie

Irvington

77

74

74

225

9

T28

Blair Hamm

Helena

75

76

74

225

9

T28

Matt Johnson

Rehobeth

76

75

74

225

9

T35

Corey Ray

Boaz

75

75

76

226

10

T35

Jonathan Nelson

Huntsville

75

73

78

226

10

37

Jackson Beindorf

Mountain Brook

79

75

73

227

11

T38

Josh Nagel

Auburn

74

75

79

228

12

T38

Brinson Holder

Point Clear

78

74

76

228

12

T38

Tyler Huckaby

Birmingham

73

77

78

228

12

T38

Jordy Hayden

Fairhope

77

79

72

228

12

T42

Miles Morris

Birmingham

76

72

81

229

13

T42

Michael Watson

Birmingham

76

77

76

229

13

T42

Chase Bagwell

Dothan

77

78

74

229

13

45

Andy McRae

Hoover

75

77

78

230

14

T46

Jimmy Finnerty

Vestavia Hills

77

79

75

231

15

T46

Lide Denny

Montgomery

80

75

76

231

15

T46

Joseph Bolen

Homewood

78

79

74

231

15

T49

Thomas Twitty

Birmingham

79

78

75

232

16

T49

Chase Kennedy

Morris

77

76

79

232

16

T49

Kyle Chaffin

Vestavia Hills

79

73

80

232

16

T49

Nick Lee

Guntersville

74

81

77

232

16

T53

Seth Bryan

Huntsville

77

79

77

233

17

T53

Will Swift

Vestavia Hills

81

75

77

233

17

55

Ryan Johnson

Alabaster

76

81

77

234

18

T56

Luke Lanier

Birmingham

79

78

78

235

19

T56

Wesley Willings

Birmingham

78

77

80

235

19

58

Jason Carr

Birmingham

78

77

81

236

20

59

Michael Hicks

Birmingham

80

74

83

237

21

60

Jay Austin

Huntsville

75

79

84

238

22

61

Blake De Bruyn

Birmingham

76

81

82

239

23

WD

Joshua Winn

Harvest

76

81

WD

WD

-

 

*won championship on 1st playoff hole

         

The following players did not make the cut

         

T63

Brandon Scarborough

Auburn

81

77

158

   

T63

Robert Nelson

Fairhope

80

78

158

   

T63

Will Harrison

Vestavia Hills

77

81

158

   

T63

George Tyner

Pelham

78

80

158

   

T63

Chad Edgil

Calera

80

78

158

   

T63

Taylor Rinks

Birmingham

78

80

158

   

T69

Stephen Fike

Birmingham

77

82

159

   

T69

Brett Marler

Mobile

84

75

159

   

T69

Tobin Ayers

Auburn

82

77

159

   

T69

Mitch Pugh

Auburn

79

80

159

   

T69

Dustin Schaefer

Huntsville

81

78

159

   

T69

Jonathan Spann

Huntsville

77

82

159

   

T69

Chris Mitchell

Hoover

80

79

159

   

T69

Jason Britton

Hoover

82

77

159

   

T69

Brent Boyles

Calera

80

79

159

   

T78

Jeremy Willingham

Dora

80

80

160

   

T78

Jared Pratt

Northport

85

75

160

   

T78

Philip Tatum

Pelham

78

82

160

   

T78

Chris Cook

Calera

83

77

160

   

T78

David Kyatt

Hoover

78

82

160

   

T78

Levi Shelton

Scottsboro

79

81

160

   

T84

Doug Carter

Chelsea

82

79

161

   

T84

Brandon Griffin

Hoover

83

78

161

   

T84

Matthew Bennett

Leeds

79

82

161

   

T84

Matthew Merrick

Birmingham

86

75

161

   

T88

Jon Key

Vestavia Hills

81

81

162

   

T88

T. Chris Jones

Birmingham

88

74

162

   

90

Patrick Kelley

Gardendale

81

82

163

   

T91

Chris Hancock

Scottsboro

84

80

164

   

T91

Joseph Fortner

Birmingham

85

79

164

   

T91

Mark Durden

Anniston

81

83

164

   

T91

Robert Long

Athens

84

80

164

   

95

David Mims

Chelsea

84

81

165

   

T96

John Allred

Birmingham

79

87

166

   

T96

Cade Oliver

Vestavia Hills

79

87

166

   

98

Blair Hollan

Birmingham

85

83

168

   

T99

Jeff Frederick

Florence

85

84

169

   

T99

Raines Welden

Birmingham

85

84

169

   

T99

Doug Duke

Dothan

88

81

169

   

102

Earle Bidez

Birmingham

92

78

170

   

103

Jonathan Coats

Meridianville

87

84

171

   

104

Jeremy Hyde

Calera

84

88

172

   

T105

Allen Yeilding

Birmingham

79

94

173

   

T105

Jeramy Woody

Auburn

89

84

173

   

T105

Jim Lowery

Hoover

85

88

173

   

T105

Ron Jordan

Mobile

86

87

173

   

109

Mark Dillard

Trussville

87

87

174

   

T110

Keith Rains

Hoover

96

79

175

   

T110

Michael Lovoy

Altoona

89

86

175

   

T112

Jarrett Shepherd

Northport

93

83

176

   

T112

K. Scott Summers

Birmingham

96

80

176

   

114

Chad Key

Meridianville

88

90

178

   

115

Derrick Cain

Pinson

89

90

179

   

T116

Wendell Underwood

Auburn

89

91

180

   

T116

Ken McCullough

Meridianville

93

87

180

   

118

Zac Buchanan

Hartselle

95

86

181

   

119

Kenny Capouya

Montgomery

95

94

189

   

120

Bryan Haynes

Cullman

94

97

191

   

WD

Steven Muncher

Birmingham

72

WD

72

   

WD

Joey Holley

Troy

WD

WD

-

   

WD

Walter Olsen

Huntsville

WD

WD

-

   

WD

Brett Baker

Hoover

75

WD

75

   

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