Hill battles Lehman for putting glory
A hot putter was able to overcome youth and the help of a cousin as Todd Hill defeated Jackson Lehman in the annual Resorters Golf Tournament putting contest on Wednesday night.
Hill, a golfer in the Resorters executive division, sealed his victory over Lehman, 12, in the annual competition by grabbing a three-hole lead with only one left to play. Hill joked that he battled support from a pro-Lehman gallery to win the contest.
“It feels great,” Hill said. “It was a grueling final there with Jackson; he really took it to me in those final holes. And everyone was against me in the finals.”
Part of Lehman’s strategy throughout the competition was to have his cousin, Sean Lehman, assist as his caddie. Jackson defeated his cousin in the first round of the competition and convinced him to help out.
“Sean is my lucky caddie, my lucky charm,” Lehman said. “I think he lost in the first round to me so he caddied for me.”
The trip to the finals required five match victories for both Lehman and Hill. Lehman defeated Gage Grimes in the semifinals while Hill defeated Josh Griner.
Grimes took third place in the competition by defeating Griner in the consolation match.
Although Lehman did not end up taking home first place bragging rights, he was still happy with a spot in the finals.
“I was really happy,” he said. “I was not expecting second place at all.”
Lehman will not be able to use momentum from the contest in his Junior 13-15 matches as he was already eliminated from competition. Hill on the other hand is still alive in the tournament.
“I hope that this carries me into Saturday now in the regular matches,” Hill said.