Tennessee State University men's golfer James Stepp won the
2012 Music City Invitational Championship held at Harpeth Hills Golf Course.
The tournament, which took place, June 8-10, featured more
than 50 participants. Harpeth Hills is a par 72, 6,899 golf course with four
par 5's, 10 par 4's, and four par 3's.
Stepp, a native of Cheatham, Tenn., finished the three-day
event at one-under-par 215. His round scores were 72, 71 and 72, respectively. He
finished just one-stroke ahead of second place Kevin Watford while Philip Guess
Heading into the final day of the tournament, Stepp was
knotted in a three-way tie for first place. A two-putt birdie on the par-five
eighth hole moved him into second before he regained the lead on hole 14.
From 175 out, Stepp hit a shot one-foot off the green and
nearly chipped it in for birdie.
Making par on the next two holes Stepp managed to add more
excitement to the round by hitting his second shot on the par five 17th
in to the foot tall rough left of the green. He pitched out to the green only
to have the ball roll off the back with a difficult chip shot ahead.
He holed the shot for a birdie to take a two-stroke lead
which seemed to be in jeopardy when his tee shot on 18 found the trees right of
the fairway. Punching out to play safe, Stepp managed to nail a three-foot putt
for the win.
Stepp will share a spot on the Music City Invitational
Trophy with other Nashville greats such as Brandt and Haymes Snedeker, Mike
Nixon and 2011 winner Derek Centers.
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