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CSU's Wilcox wins Alabama State Amateur

From Staff Reports

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. - The winning continues for Clayton State's Will Wilcox - even in the summer.

The Lakers' junior All-American picked up where he left off in the spring with a thrilling one-stroke victory on Sunday in the 92nd Alabama State Amateur at Willow Point Golf and Country Club. Wilcox, who's from Pell City, Ala., finished the championship with a whopping 13-under-par 275 for the four-round event.

He edged Division II rival Cole Willis from Valdosta State by one stroke to win the premier amateur golf event in the state of Alabama.

Wilcox finished two strokes ahead of third-round leader Kyle Sapp from Alabama-Birmingham and three strokes in front of first-round leader and Division II rival Daniel Creel from North Alabama.

After trailing by four strokes following the second round, tied for ninth place, Wilcox saved his best golf for the final two rounds.

He had tap-in birdies at the first two holes to give him a great start toward his 5-under-par 67 that allowed him to jump 21 players on the leaderboard in the third round.

He finished the third round tied for second place and three strokes off the pace Sapp, the leader following the third round.

In Sunday's final round, Wilcox matched the third-performance with another 5-under 67. He recorded two birdies on the front nine holes and three more on the back nine.

His final birdie was on the Par 4 17th hole gave him a four-stroke lead on Willis, who came up short despite recording an eagle on the final hole.

The big key for Wilcox was going the entire final round without a bogey or double-bogey.

For the tournament, Wilcox recorded 19 birdies.

Next up for Wilcox is the USGA Public Links Qualifier on June 24 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala.