Dalton Chandler continues to play at a remarkable pace as he nipped Gary Wigington by one shot to win the Cane Creek Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Am on Sunday.
The two amateurs took advantage of being able to compete against the pros and put on a back-and-forth string of birdies over 18 holes while leaving the full-time golfers in their wake. Jared Davis won the pro event with 9-under par.
Chandler, 22, won the overall title with 12-under par for the three days. He needed a birdie on No. 18 to clinch the win over Wigington, who finished at 11 under with his own birdie at No. 18. The two scores were good enough to win the Calhoun County Tour event being played at the same time. Chad Calvert was a distant third at 2 under.
Chandler took charge on the back nine with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14. Wigington birdied Nos. 14 and 18, but a costly bogey at No. 15 hurt his chances. Chandler and Wigington are 1-2 in the race for the Calhoun County Tour championship with just one event left.
“I learned that you are never out of it,” Chandler said. “I lost the lead and was able to come back. In the past I have always been ahead most of the round and have not had to do that. There are a bunch of good players out here today.”
“Playing with ‘Twig’ is always good. I learn a lot from him. He is so solid and just does not make very many mistakes and always handles himself with class.”
“It is just crazy to be able to beat the pros and ‘Twig’ on the same day,” Chandler said.
Two-time winner of this event, Kyle Sapp, was with Wigington and Chandler in the final threesome. His game came apart and ended up with a 75 on the day. He ended up eight shots behind after making birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.
Davis won the pro in a playoff over Alex Tull with a final round 69. Alabama Open winner Forrest Knight blistered the course with a 63 on the final day to finish at 5-under par. He played No. 8 at 7 over for the three days.
“It is a great feeling to know that I can play out here with these guys. It has been tough out here and I was beginning to think I was wasting my time out here, but it is a great feeling to get a win,” Davis said.