CULLMAN — The Chesley Oaks Open ended on Sunday in dramatic fashion. Local buisness owenr J.J. Adams shot 139 to win by 1 shot over Kevin Byrd and Kenny Miller.
Byrd won the tournament two years ago, but couldn’t pull the win out again for the 15th annual open.
Adams, who owns Pro Golf Discount of Cullman, said after the first day, his main goal was to hit a solid shot each time.
“I just didn’t want to give any shots away,” he said.
On Day 2, Adams was in a group with Miller, while Byrd was in the group behind them, and they all knew their scores were tight.
“Going into 18, I knew I had one guy by 1, and he made a 15-foot birdie, so I knew I had to make the four footer to beat him for sure,” he said. “As it turned out, when we got in, I’d also beat Kevin by 1.”
After the first 18 holes on Day 1, Adams trailed the leader by three strokes with a 1-under par 70. Patrick Wiginton, with a score of 67, was the man to catch up to, and Adams knew he could catch him.
“I know I can go out there and shoot a 64 or 65 if I have to,” Adams said. “I obviously didn’t shoot that, but I have confidence in my game that I knew I could shoot that. I knew I had a good chance.”
He didn’t compete in the tournament last year, but off and on, he’s competed five or six times.
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