Greenwell’s red-hot back nine seals Old Capital
As the crowd gathered around the 18th green for the final group to finish out the Old Capital Invitational, leader Aaron Greenwell took a stone’s step down.
Finding a spot above the green-side water feature, Greenwell stood on a pair of rocks to read his upcoming 20-foot putt.
To the roar of the crowd, Greenwell pumped his fist as he sank his fourth birdie on the back nine to land his second Old Capital Invitational title.
The Brandenburg resident shot a 4-under par round on Sunday to complete the 36-hole event with a 7-under 137. Greenwell placed two shots lower than runner-up Cory Cahalan.
‘On 18, I was glad to see one hit the hole,’ Greenwell said. ‘I told myself, ‘You’ve found a way to play this one safe too many times over the years, just get it to the hole.’ To see it actually hit the back of the jar was a good way to finish.’
There was little separation among the golfers in the final foursome Sunday, which included Kyle Melloy, Mitchell Frederick and Timothy Wiseman.
One group back, Cahalan caught a good groove and joined the contenders. Then, two groups behind Cahalan, four-time champion Scott Hupp was making a run.
‘I didn’t say a single word the entire time,’ Greenwell said of the competition. ‘Kyle Melloy, one of my best friends, was leading this thing almost the whole day, then Mitchell Frederick went crazy for a short bit. He got to 6- or 7-under, and I had never seen where there are four or five people around 5-under going into the back nine. It was wild.’
Frederick, who started the day two strokes behind Melloy, took the lead by going 3-under on the two front-side par-fives. His eagle on No. 6 catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard. He, along with Cahalan, played the front nine 2-under par.
It wasn’t the best one-through-nine score as Hupp made his presence felt with a 4-under performance. He lurked a few shots back but ended up finishing fifth with a two-day score of 2-under.
As Frederick and Melloy stayed ahead of the pack, Greenwell held even. He carded all pars on the front.
With a birdie on No. 10, Frederick moved to a two-shot lead. He fell back after going over par on holes 12 and 13.
Greenwell, meanwhile, started his run with birdies on 10 and 11.
‘It took me forever to get going,’ Greenwell said. ‘I was extremely challenged with my putter all weekend. I made four birdies (Saturday), and they were from a combined five feet. The front side, I made nine pars and kept plugging along.’
Cahalan came within one stroke of the lead with a birdie on No. 12 then later was even with Melloy and Greenwell.
The last three holes belonged to Greenwell. He made the long putt on 18 but, before then, took the lead with a bird on No. 16, a par-3.
‘Finally, on 10 and 11, I opened the well and actually made a putt,’ Greenwell, the 2013 champion, said. ‘From there, I hit some really good shots down the stretch. I didn’t capitalize on all of them but made the clutch putts when they mattered.’
Cahalan matched Greenwell’s 68 on Sunday but placed two shots back with a 5-under 139. The third spot went to Melloy. He shot a tournament-leading 68 on Saturday but closed with a 74.
Rounding out the top five were Wiseman (142) and Hupp (142). Frederick placed sixth with a 143.
Kevin Nash, Old Capital Golf Club director of golf, said the Invitational had a full field, which completed Sunday’s round before 1-1/2 inches of rain fell during a spotty thunderstorm.
Greenwell said he hasn’t been playing well this year but was excited to come away with the top spot in Corydon.
‘It was a good time and a great time,’ Greenwell said. ‘I got lucky enough to roll the ball well enough on the back side.’
Competitors in the first flight were unable to catch Matt Reynolds, who backed up his 73 on Saturday with a 2-under par 70 on Sunday for a 143. The runner-up was Travis McIntosh, who shot a combined 144. McIntosh also fired a 70 on Sunday.
Other flight winners were: Ryan Crawford (151), second flight; Brian Gilroy (158), third flight; Taylor Cox (167), fourth flight; Steve Smith (173), fifth flight; and Billy Baker (180), sixth flight.
Championship Flight: 1. A. Greenwell 69-68–137, 2. C. Cahalan 71-68–139, 3. K. Melloy 66-74–140, 4. Ti. Wiseman 69-73–142, 5. Scott Hupp 72-70–142, 6. M. Frederick 68-75–143, 7. D. White 71-73–145, 8. R. Schulz 72-73–145, 9. T. Walters 71-78–149, 10. C. Pitman 70-80–150, 11. J. Hinton 71-80–151, 12. M. Bruce 71-80–150, 13. K. Nash 72-79–151, 14. T. Griffin 72-81–153, 15. K. Marshall 72-81–153.
First Flight: 1. M. Reynolds 143, 2. T. McIntosh 144, 3. L. Bensing 148, 4. J. Arledge 149, 5. N. Davis 150, 6. R. Glordan 150.
Second Flight: 1. R. Crawford 151, 2. J. Deaton 155, 3. J. Mathes 156, 4. M. Meeks 156, 5. M. Fritzinger 156, 6. W. Thomas 156.
Third Flight: 1. B. Gilroy 158, 2. J. Wiseman 161, 3. J. Garris 164, 4. B. McDole 165, 5. A. Glomb 166, 6. R. Timberlake 166.
Fourth Flight: 1. T. Cox 167, 2. D. Mosby 169, 3. B. Lower 172, 4. C. Carroll 173, 5. B. Davis 173.
Fifth Flight: 1. S. Smith 173, 2. M. Collins 176, 3. H. Osborne 177, 4. B. Fry 177, 5. I. Nalley 179, 6. T. Collins 180.
Sixth Flight: 1. B. Baker 180, 2. H. Geiser 181, 3. T. Harmon 180/186*, 4. V. Bradley 186, 5. Q. Coffman 190, 6. K. Yeager 190.
*Actual score/adjusted score for 10-percent rule