ZANESVILLE — Chase Wilson’s goal was to post four rounds in the 60s when he started the Zanesville District Golf Association Amateur this past weekend.
The High Point University senior accomplished the feat, shooting 4-under-par 68 to win the tournament by a record 20 strokes Sunday at par-72 Zanesville Country Club.
Wilson also set a new four-round total of 273 — 12-under-par — to beat the standard held by Adam Lescallet, who shot 275 in 2005. Wilson carded 69s at par-72 River Greens and par-71 Jaycees and 67 at par-70 EagleSticks.
“I wasn’t expecting to win by that much, but I wanted to shoot under par in every round,” Wilson said. “I played solid in all four rounds.”
The putter proved to be the difference again for Wilson. He made birdies on Nos. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 14 with his lone blemish a bogey on No. 9.
“I putted well and made some key putts,” he said. “Putting was the theme for me. It helped out since I didn’t hit the ball off the tee like I wanted to today.”
Wilson also announced this was his final ZDGA event and was appreciative of the support through the years.
“I’m thankful for the ZDGA. Events like these helped me mature,” he remarked. “It has helped me get use to playing in a big tournament atmosphere. It’s been awesome competing, and I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
Josh Agin finished second with 293 after shooting 75 in the final round. He gave credit to his short game for preventing a bigger number.
“My swing was off, and I didn’t have it off the tee,” Agin remarked. “I was able to get up and down and made some putts.
“I haven’t competed in tournament golf in about a year. I expected to do better, but I hope I can do what Chase did next year,” he added.
Agin and Wilson have competed throughout the years. Although Agin will miss facing Wilson in tournaments, he knows Wilson can be successful at the next level.
“We have a lot of fun, and he played incredible golf the past two weekends,” he said. “I’ll keep watching his career, and I wish Chase the best of luck.”
Matt Kaido carded 76 at ZCC and placed third with 298, and J.J. Mickey had 78 and was fourth with 300. The rest of the top 10 included Brad Baker (302), Jesse Wilkin (303), Joe Lemon (305), Tom Hammond (307), Joel Harris (307) and Chris Steed (307).