Bryan Sangid said they gave it to him, but he wasn’t about to give it back.
Sangid came from behind to win the Tri-Cities Amateur Championship on Sunday, and he did it without breaking or matching par in either round at Blackthorn Club.
“That surprised me a little bit,” said Sangid, a 30-year-old Blackthorn member. “They kind of gave it to me, but it’s good to win. It’s my first trophy of the year.”
Sangid posted his second 73 and his two-over-par total of 146 won by two strokes over fellow Blackthorn member Matthew Smith, who shot a pair of 74s.
Carlson Cox finished tied for sixth and won the season-long Tri-Cities Amateur Tour player of the year award.
Meanwhile, Tony Green held onto his big lead and won the senior division by four strokes over Mike Freels, who captured his second senior player of the year award.
Sangid added another title to his impressive list of championships in his amateur career. He’s also captured the East Tennessee Amateur, the Graysburg Hills Amateur and the Ridgefields Invitational.
Nick York began the day with a two-stroke lead over Sangid. Bogeys on the first two holes from York made it a tight race.
York fell from contention with double bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes.
“I just got off to a bad start and then things went haywire,” said York, who shot 78 and wound up third, three strokes behind the winner.
As a former club champion at Blackthorn, Sangid has seen a round or two go down the tubes at the quirky par-five eighth with a creek running down the middle of a split fairway and the just plain tough ninth.
“You expect to make a birdie on eight and then you can make a bogey real easy,” Sangid said. “And nine, if you hit it left, there’s trouble. And there’s trouble on your second shot. If you come away with pars on eight and nine, you did OK.”
Sangid bogeyed the ninth, but still picked up three strokes on York on the two holes. At That point, David Talley had assumed the lead before dumping his third shot at the par-five 10th into a creek that fronts the green. A couple of ensuing birdies put Talley in position to win, but a triple bogey at the par-three 16th doomed his chances. He finished tied for sixth.
Cox, a red-shirt junior at the University of Memphis, has won the player of the year award both years the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour has been in existence. He clinched the points title with a tie for sixth place.
“I wanted to win this tournament because I had a really good shot last year,” said Cox, who won the East Tennessee Amateur and Ridgefields Invitational this summer. “I knew I wanted to win the points again. It’s a good feeling. Before I turn pro, I want to win all the invitationals and keep the points lead.”
In the senior competition, Green began the day with an eight-stroke lead and he didn’t figure to do anything to give it all away.
Shortly after three-putting the 16th hole, green made a triple bogey on No. 17 to make it closer than it might have been. He still shot 74 to finish at 144 for the tournament.
“Just a loss of concentration,” Green said. “I think I missed a couple of short putts I would have been grinding over had it been a little closer You’re always one swing from making that seven on this course.”
Still, two days at even par on the Blackthorn course was satisfying in itself.
“I think I’ve played three tournaments here and that’s the best I’ve done,” said Green, who shot a 63 a couple of weeks ago to win a USGA Senior Amateur qualifier.
Like Cox, Freels walked away without the trophy but the satisfaction of winning the summer-long points title for the second year in a row. He shot 70 in the final round.
“I just wanted to put a solid round together,” said Freels, whose tournament hopes were dashed a day earlier when he made a 10 on a par three. “I had a couple bad swings yesterday I needed to correct. I played pretty solid. I hit a couple of loose shots today, but it was a pretty good round.
“This whole setup with the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour has been a great thing. It seems like we’ve had a lot more participation. And we’re playing real golf.”