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Tidwell and Gerdes stay sharp en route to Honors win

After a first round that featured 12 birdies and no bogeys, the team of Coleman Tidwell Jr. and Lee Gerdes knew that if they wanted to win the Honors Golf Championship at Healy Point, they would have to be nearly that good again.

And although the score was not quite as impressive as Saturday’s first round of 60, Tidwell and Gerdes still played fairly flawless golf and coasted to a four-stroke win over the team of Zach Zediker and Seth Sanders.

Tidwell and Gerdes shot a 66 on Sunday, with six birdies and once again played bogey free golf.

“You can’t really find much to argue about when you don’t have a bogey for two days and have 18 birdies,” said Gerdes, who won the tournament for the fifth time in his career. “Cole and I play similar games. We both stay in the fairway most of the time and then get it to the greens most of the time.

“I can’t think of many holes either day that both of us weren’t putting for birdie, and when you get that many chances, good things are going to happen. It was really just a fun two days of golf for us.”

Gerdes and Tidwell were paired with the team of Mark Hurt and Poli Medrano, who came into the final day only one stroke behind after a score of 61 in the first round. Both teams had an early birdie to keep the gap at one, but Gerdes birdied No. 6 to push the lead to two. Tidwell and Gerdes gained some breathing room on number eight, when Gerdes again birdied and Hurt and Medrano could do no better than bogey to give Tidwell and Gerdes a four-shot lead.

Meanwhile, the team of Zediker and Sanders started to make noise at the turn. After a disappointing three-putt on the par 5 No. 10, Sanders birdied both 11 and 12 to get within three strokes of the leaders, but that was as close as they would get.

“If you would have told me that we would come in with a 130 for a total score, I would have probably told you that we would win the tournament,” said Sanders, who will take a week off after playing the State Amateur and the Honors on consecutive weekends. “I thought we played solid throughout the tournament, but give Cole and Lee credit for going so low. They just beat us.”

Zedicker had two eagles on Saturday on par 5 holes, but the team played the par 5 holes in only one under on Sunday.

“We felt like that’s probably where we lost the tournament,” said Zediker, who plans to be back on the course on Monday, “We knew we had a chance to make up some strokes on those holes, but we weren’t able to do it on Sunday.

“But overall, we are happy with the way we played. “

Hurt and Medrano fell to third place in the tournament, while the team of Gay McMichael and Keith Holmes finished fourth.