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June 30, 2014

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Wilson shoots final-round 68, secures 32nd annual Buck Shear Memorial crown

CULLMAN — There was no snafu for Blaise Wilson this time around.

Almost a month after letting a seven-stroke lead slip on by during the final round of the TP Invitational, the University of North Alabama graduate found himself ahead of the pack yet again — this time entering Day 2 of the Buck Shear Memorial Tournament at Cullman Golf Course.

However, Wilson came to play on Sunday morning, firing off an easy round of 68 to turn his two-shot cushion into a four-stroke victory over Jay Hayes.

“This definitely felt great from a psyche standpoint,” Wilson joked. “I didn’t hit it that good, and it got pretty close after six or seven holes. But the juices got flowing after that. That type of golf makes things interesting. I really like needing to play well to win, and that’s what I was able to do on Sunday.

Behind Wilson (133) and Hayes (137) in the championship “A” flight were Eli Marty and Kevin Byrd (141), Billy Conner (142), Zach Weaver (145), J.J. Adams (149) and Bob Kurtz (151).

Conner secured the senior crown, while Kurtz — coming off his record-setting feat last week — notched the super-senior title over a group of game opponents.

“It was a really good tournament,” Wilson said. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories about Buck, so it felt great to be a part of this one. It was nice to win it, too.”

Over in the championship “B” flight, last year’s champ Sylas Elliott earned first-place honors with a two-day score of 144. He bested Adam Scott (145) by one shot and Bill Griffin (153) by nine. Luke Wilson (154), Kevin Drake (158), Trey Hanvey (158) and Gary Stephenson (160) rounded out the group.

The remaining flights are as follows:

First flight

Turkey Kent, 151; Mark Aderhold, 154; B.J. Allbright and Mike Williamson, 156; Layne Rice, Greg Aderhold and Matt Wallington. 158.

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