E.A. Sports Today

Coming of age

Sawyer Edwards, 15, becomes the youngest player to win on the Calhoun County Golf Tour, only player under par in Oxford City Championship

Oxford City Championship winner Sawyer Edwards sets up for what he called “probably the best shot I’ve hit in my life” on 13 to keep his round going.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Sawyer Edwards isn’t even old enough to drive by himself, but he sure knows how to drive it around the golf course.

The White Plains sophomore became the youngest player to win on the Calhoun County Golf Tour when he overcame a balky Sunday start to win the Oxford City Championship at Cider Ridge Golf Club.

Edwards shot a final-round 75 for a 36-hole total 141 that was three shots better than runner-up Ty Cole, 31 years his senior. Edwards turns 16 on May 10, the final day of the state high school championship he is expected to be a contender for. He’s 15 years, 356 days old.

“I didn’t even know that, to be honest with you; I had no clue,” he said. “I figured (Jacob) LeCroy won when he was 15 or 16. I didn’t know. I just need to keep working.”

The win represents a significant milestone in the player’s career. He’s already beaten all the kids in the county as the youngest medalist in this year’s Calhoun County High School Tournament and now he has beaten the best men.

“That is cool,” he said.

Edwards entered the day tied for the lead with Landon Straub after an impressive 6-under 66 on Saturday, but got off to a slow start. He three-putted each of his first two holes and bogeyed three of his first four.

After that, he stuck to a piece of advice he heard from a college coach a couple weeks ago — fat, fat, two; hit the fat part of the fairway, the fat part of the green and two-putt. He played the rest of the round in even par.

“I told myself I needed to get back to 1-over on the front nine,” Edwards said. “I birdied 5 and thought I could birdie 9 and I didn’t, so I just kept trying to keep going making a bunch of pars. I really thought a birdie would come, but it actually didn’t.”

The round turned for him on 9 when playing partners Straub and Jake Goggans had trouble off the tee and made 7s and steady Sawyer moved to the top of the leaderboard. The lead grew when Straub bogeyed 10 and 11 as well.

“I was hitting it good until 9 and then I kind of lost it for a second, made a few mistakes and never recovered,” Straub said. “And I couldn’t make a putt. I was hitting a bunch of putts that looked like they were going in, but none of them went in.”

Edwards kept his round going with what he called “probably the best shot I’ve hit in my life.” He guessed he was about 115 yards out on 13, down in the hollow where the cart path curls back to the 14 tee. He opened up a 50-degree wedge, hit it over the trees to the back of the green and spun it back to within eight feet of the cup.

He made par to maintain his lead and drove on to the rest of the round.

NOTES: It was a difficult scoring day. Nobody in the Championship A flight posted a better round Sunday than they had the day before and only four players in the top three flights did — Brad Moultrie, Dalton Chandler, Justin Graveman and Scott Martin. Only three players shot under par – Moultrie (70), Graveman (70) and Kenny Okins (69) … This is the last Oxford City Championship on Cider Ridge’s bent grass greens. The course begins the process of installing TifEagle bermuda in 10 days … The next event on the CCGT schedule is RTJ Silver Lakes Championship May 14-15. Spots are still available.

Oxford City Championship

Sawyer Edwards6675141
Ty Cole7272144
Brennan Clay7075145
Landon Straub6680146
Morton Holcomb7076146
Gary Wigington7373146
Corey Ray7376149
Alex Harper7277149
Jeremy McGatha7080150
Layton Bussey7081151
Jake Goggans6983152
Kent Whitley7281153
Matt Bell7383156
Brad Moultrie7570145
Dalton Chandler7472146
Kevin Daugherty7474148
Logan Archer7576151
Mason Dennis7576151
Clay Calkins7479153
Randy Archer7579154
Ryan Limbaugh7580155
Chance Harris7582157
Gage Miller7583158
Chad Calvert7684160
Landon Winfrey7586161
Timmy Woodard7590165
Daniel Black7592167
Justin Graveman7870148
Scott Martin7776153
Chase Hollingsworth7878156
Billy McCroskey7779156
Jason Rich7781158
Chris Reaves7782159
Hunter Carr7784161
Zac Mangum7883161
Adam Wright7687163
Billy Thompson7886164
Logan Craft7886164
Wesley Jenkins78NCNC
Kenny Okins8069149
Chip Howell8075155
Kenny Wright7978157
Skyler Dennis8176157
Ward Campbell8078158
Lamar Carter8078158
Harrison Hughston8177158
Eric Cannington8179160
C.J. Taylor7981160
Dre Davenport8180161
Mark McCaig7982161
Casey Harmon7982161
Tanner Wells8183164
Danny Whittaker8090170
Jeff Bain8372155
Daily Thomas8274156
Cole McNeal8275157
Josh Poole8474158
Bradley Elliott8382165
Clayton Chandler8382165
Andy Jenkins8383166
Josh Reynolds8483167
Maurice Dates8484168
Ryan Huff8485169
Jared Chapman82NCNC
Mark Durden82NCNC
Michael Casey8576161
Scott McFry8777164
Rick Okins8679165
Jared Waits8580165
Matt Rogers8581166
Benji Turley8780167
Landon Holley8587172
Austin Elliott8785172
Chance Haywood8688174
Scott Watson8688174
Traay Floyd8787174
Mike Hughston8787174
Brock Young8596181
Adam Johnson87NCNC
Heath Hammond 9079169
Craig Duncan8982171
Brad Young8985174
Bart Smith9388176
Josh Davis9482176
Mark Gaines9388181
Shane Lee8993182
Kolby Slick92105197
Mark Guyther94NSNS
Alex Whaley9586181
Seth Collett9887185
Nash Messer9592187
Ty Johnson10191192
Kobe Messer10488192
Riley Boyd9995194
Kasey Ray100100200
Ricky Carden10298200
Warren Sewell119104223
Ken Renfroe106NSNS
James Beavers7274146
Tim Steward7476150
David Messer7378151
Gary Austin7676152
Charlie Estes7776153
Jerry Kemp7680156
Keith Haywood7885163
Rick Barthel8779166
Lamar Ward8582167
Dennis Austin9084174
Lee Clark 10498202

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