Con­way’s Car­son Roberts wins ASGA Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - BOB WISENER

HOT SPRINGS VIL­LAGE — The Arkansas State Golf As­so­ci­a­tion Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship turned into Car­son’s show Satur­day. Car­son Roberts, a for­mer Con­way High and Wash burn Univer­sity stand­out, ran away with the ti­tle at DeSoto Golf Club. Roberts, one stroke off the lead af­ter an open­ing-round 66 on Thurs­day, fin­ished his rain- de­layed sec­ond round with a 4-un­der 68 Satur­day morn­ing and fol­lowed with a 71 for an 11-un­der 205.

First-round leader Hunter Hick­ing­botham, Stafford Gray and Wes McNulty tied for sec­ond place at 6-un­der 210. Hick­ing­botham, a 2017 Bap­tist Prep grad­u­ate, led af­ter the first round ( 65) be­fore Roberts took a fourstroke lead over McNulty into the fi­nal 18 holes.

Fri­day’s sec­ond round was de­layed 4 hours, 50 min­utes by heavy rain and light­ning and was later sus­pended un­til Satur­day morn­ing.

Roberts com­pleted his se­nior year at Wash­burn (Kan.) with a sec­ond-place in­di­vid­ual fin­ish in the Mis­souri In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment. Pre­vi­ously, he helped Con­way win two Class 7A cham­pi­onships and was the in­di­vid­ual run­ner-up his se­nior year.

Roberts re­ceived 300 points in the ASGA Player of the Year stand­ings and the E.B. Gee Tro­phy as tour­na­ment cham­pion.

Two-time de­fend­ing ama­teur cham­pion Austin Eoff of Ben­ton fin­ished alone in fifth at 212.

Mark Gra­ham com­pleted a wire- to-wire tri­umph in the mid-se­nior divi­sion de­spite slump­ing to a 1-over 73 in the fi­nal round. He won by four strokes over fel­low Fort Smith golfer Ryan Nye (220) with third-place fin­isher Scott Bowen of Lit­tle Rock fin­ish­ing at 229.

Hot Springs vet­eran Ron­nie John­son im­proved his score in each round, win­ning the se­nior divi­sion by one stroke over de­fend­ing cham­pion Ronny Ocker. John­son’s 213 to­tal came with scores of 72, 71 and 70, as he and Van Buren’s Ocker were tied en­ter­ing Satur­day’s round at 143. First-round leader David Shirey tied for third at 215 with fel­low Cam­den golfer Mark Brad­shaw.

Su­per- se­nior hon­ors went to Hot Springs Vil­lage vet­eran Joe Bushee (224) by two strokes over Cabot’s Bill Wrentz, each fin­ish­ing with a 73 on Satur­day. Sheridan’s Glen Tal­bert was third at 227, fol­lowed by de­fend­ing cham­pion Hot Springs Vil­lage’s Os­car Tay­lor at 229 and first-round leader Ken Golden of Clarksville at 231.

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