Conway’s Carson Roberts wins ASGA Amateur Championship.
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.