Richmond Hill golfer Tyler Steptoe won the annual Waterford Landing Golf Championship Tournament July 26-27. The title has eluded Steptoe the past years, including losing by one stroke in the 2006 Championship.
"This championship means a lot to me," Steptoe said. "It’s three years in the making. I tied for first place on the first day and it was a dead tie throughout the second day until the very last hole. It was pretty tense."
Steptoe won the overall club championship by defeating three-time winner Todd Neal by one shot. Steptoe shot a final round 73 and had a two day total of 149.
This is the second championship win for Steptoe this summer. In June, he won the Coastal Carolina Junior Classic golf tournament, which also helped him become the Bryan County News June Athlete of the Month. He is the current captain of the Richmond Hill High School golf team.
Steptoe is no stranger to Waterford. When he’s not practicing on the greens, he works as an employee on the course. He said it was a unique honor to receive his championship trophy from his boss.
Also taking place that weekend were a senior and women’s tournament. Here are the complete results of the annual Waterford event:
- Women (18-hole score): 1st Low Gross – Bonnie Green (93), 2nd Low Gross – Bridget Bagwell (72), 1st Low Net – Lisa Couch (82), 2nd Low Net – Leza Hepler (89).
- Seniors (36-hole score): 1st Low Gross – Glenn Hewitt (138), 2nd Low Gross – Larry Patty (161), 1st Low Net – Billy Harris (138), 2nd Low Net – Rick Paduszynski (143).
- Men (36-hole score): 1st Low Gross – Tyler Steptoe (149), 2nd Low Gross – Todd Neal (150), 1st Low Net – Paxton Green (142), 2nd Low Net – Wes Mullins (146).
Glenn Hewitt won the Senior Club Championship in style by breaking the senior course record in round one, shooting a 67. Hewitt’s two day total was a 4 under par 138. Meanwhile, Bonnie Green took home the Women’s Club Championship for the second year in a row.