Gann rallies to repeat as Macon-Middle Georgia champion

sports@macon.comJune 22, 2014 

FORSYTH -- With just a few holes remaining in the final round of the Macon-Middle Georgia Championship on Sunday at The Club at River Forest, the outcome had yet to be decided between Stan Gann Jr. and Travis Steed.

Gann rose to the occasion, gaining a pair of shots on Steed on the 16th and 17th holes to card a 4-under-par final-round score to rally to win the tournament for the second year in a row, edging Steed by one shot.

“I played well. I just didn’t make enough putts; that’s the name of the game,” Steed said. “It’s good to be in the hunt and have a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.”

Steve Welsh claimed third, finishing four shots out of the lead. He was one shot ahead of fourth-place finisher and former FPD standout Conner Albright. Lee Gerdes was seven shots back, rounding out the top five finishers.

Steed managed a par on the 16th hole and bogeyed the next hole, and Gann took advantage. He came away with birdies on both holes to move into the lead. As both players had a par on the final hole, Gann clinched the win.

Gann’s late burst actually began on No. 14 when a shot off to the left of the fairway wound up in the brush. Gann, however, minimized the damage. He blasted the next shot toward the green as he salvaged a bogey.

“If I would not have made that one there, I don’t think I would have won,” Gann said.

Gann and Steed entered Sunday’s round tied for the lead, and neither player led by more than a shot in the final round.

“It makes you bear down and concentrate a little more,” Gann said.

Phil Welch, who shot a 1-over 72 on Sunday, was the senior champion. Other flight winners were Brian Wooten and Steve Chafin, while there was also a tie for first in two other flights between Tommy Alston and Jeff Stanford and Michael Brown and Cole Christie.

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