In 2016, Brett Widner of Avon had at a two shot lead during the final round of the IGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Tippecanoe Lake CC heading to the par-4, 18th. After pulling his tee shot into the left rough, Widner was forced to punch out – which resulted in his ball hitting a tree just right of the green and being knocked out of bounds. He went on to make 7 and lost the event by one shot to Sean Rowen of Greenwood. This year, Widner’s finish was just as memorable.
Today, Widner’s tee shot once again found the all-too-familiar left rough, heading to 18 tied for the lead with Brian Harris of Carmel and Tracy Miller of Bremen. This time, he had a clear shot to the green and hit his approach shot to 20 feet. After Harris two-putted for par, Widner knocked in his 20 foot slider for birdie and the title – with a crowd there to cheer him on.
“Before I hit my putt, Mike (Williams) whispered, ‘do you have some magic in you?’” said Widner. “I smiled, trusted my line, and tried to put the best roll on the ball that I could.”
Throughout the day, it looked like Harris or Miller would come out on top, as they battled back and forth for the majority of