Lee Hodges Rolls to Victory
Lee Hodges (University of Alabama, Elkmont, AL) earns his first professional win at Deerfield Golf Club (Canton, MS). Hodges started his round with an eagle on the first hole and continued his strong play over the 36 hole event. He finished Day 1 with a back nine 29, including another eagle and five birdies close the day with a -9 (63). This was only enough to give Hodges a one shot advantage ahead of Matt Atkins (USC-Aiken, North Augusta, SC) and Dylan Wu (Northwestern University, Medford, OR).
Day two saw Hodges begin with a second eagle on the first hole to extend his lead over Atkins and Wu, who both birdied the Par 5 starting hole. Atkins, a winner on the Web.com Tour who began his professional career with the SwingThought TOUR, continued to pressure Hodges, making the turn to the final 9 holes tied. Atkins took the lead following a bogey by Hodges on 14, however double bogey on hole 15 proved costly. A final round of 69 was enough to give Hodges a two stroke advantage over the field. This win gives the University of Alabama alum his first professional win, joining ‘Bama Alum, Chip Deason, as a 2018 winner on the SwingThought TOUR.
J.T. Griffin (Georgia Tech, Wilson, NC) shot a pair of 67’s, including an eagle on Hole 15 to secure a tie with Atkins as Runner-up. Rounding out the Top 5 players are Wu (64-71), Jay McLuen (66-69, College of Charleston, Forsyth, GA) with a T4 finish.
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