Larry McGill knows exactly where he’ll put the big Wesley G. Brown Trophy he earned by winning the senior division of the Chattanooga Men’s Metro Championship on Saturday.
He won’t put it on his mantel. He’ll have it displayed in the home of somebody he considers a motherly figure.
“My wife’s aunt, who lives across the street, has been bugging me: ‘When are you going to win me a trophy?’” McGill said. “I’m going to take it over there and let her enjoy it for a year. That will tickle her to death.”
McGill shot a 36-hole score of 6-under-par 136 at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club to top runners-up Ronnie Law and Tom Baird by seven strokes. McGill shot 2 under on Friday and 4 under on Saturday when temperatures flirted with 95 degrees beside the Tennessee River.
“I do have a sense of accomplishment,” said McGill, who also won the trophy in 2006. “It’s a good feeling. It’s always fun to win. It gives you something that you remember. You kind of tend to forget what it’s like, but when it happens again, it feels just like the first time.”
McGill may not be done collecting trophies from the 2011 Metro Championship. His two-day score also has the 60-year-old in the lead for the regular-division championship.
His round Saturday began with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and another birdie on the third hole, which gave him a small cushion over Mike Jenkins and Baird, who began the day tied with McGill for the senior lead.
“I haven’t been playing much this year and I’ve been picking my tournaments,” McGill said. “I guess with the little amount that I’ve played, I’ve concentrated more in the last couple days than I have in a long time.”
McCallie sophomore Gordon Hulgan is second in the regular division at 4 under. He made five birdies and two bogeys Saturday.
“I hit everything pretty good and I putted very well,” Hulgan said. “I got up and down a lot, and my putting saved me.”
Three strokes behind McGill are Jimmy White III, Tom Schreiner, Mitch Hufstetler and Ryan Hulton, who all have a chance today because the course will play longer for the 26 players who made the cut.
“It is nerve-racking knowing that I have a chance to win. I’m excited,” Hulgan said. “I’m going to have to play well to pull through for a win. Hopefully I can do that.”
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David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...
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