Darrin Overson was unaware of his position in the UGA Mid-Amateur Championship as he stood over a 15-foot par putt on Alpine Country Club's 18th green. He just knew he wanted to make it.
As it turned out, Overson's smooth stroke just made his four-stroke victory appear a bit more convincing. It also was a nice way to finish a bogey-free final round that gave him satisfaction as he held the traveling trophy on July 10.
“It's about time my name gets on this trophy,” he said.
The timing of his name's engraving is significant. It comes 20 years after he won the State Amateur, during the tournament's centennial observance. So it would have made a good story if either Overson or runner-up Dan Horner had won the Mid-Am title, considering that 2018 is the 10-year anniversary of Horner's State Am title.
Playing aggressively, Horner hit his approach shot long and left on No. 18 and triple-bogeyed the hole. Overson's rounds of 69-71-69 were good for a 7-under-par total, followed by Horner (71-70-72), Kirk Siddens (68-71-75), Blake Murray (66-74-75) and Alpine member Steven Borget (73-72-71).