Michigan State alum wins by two shots
Orlando, Fla. – October 25, 2012 – A week after finishing T7 in the First Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School at Grasslands Golf & Country Club, Randall Hutchison carried the momentum into the opening event of the NGA TOUR Bridgestone Winter Series and earned his third BWS victory on Thursday.
Hutchison, a former Michigan State standout from Traverse City, Mich., opened the event with a tournament-low 64, led wire-to-wire and bested Jesse Smith, Riley Wheeldon and Ryan Brehm by two shots.
“Playing the way I did last week in First Stage definitely helped me out this week,” said Hutchison, who earned $8,945 for the victory at Metro West. “Anytime you play well in an event like Q-School, it builds your confidence.”
The former Spartan, who started the day with a two-stroke lead, shot an even-par 36 on the front and watched his lead grow to three shots after second-place Brehm, who is also a Michigan State alumnus and Hutchison’s roommate during the BWS, carded a 1-over 37 on the outward nine.
“It was big not to make any mistakes on the front side,” said Hutchison. “I had my birdie opportunities, but I just missed them. I hit most of the fairways, attacked pins when I had the chance and played safe when I needed to.”
Hutchison picked up his lone birdie of the day on No. 12 and looked to be on cruise control until he carded a double bogey on the par-3 15th hole. Despite the misstep, Hutchison recorded pars on the final three holes en route to victory. Hutchison finished with rounds of 64-69-73 for a 10-under 206 total.
“I didn’t get nervous after making the double bogey,” said Hutchison.
“I just made one bad swing at the most inopportune time. I felt comfortable all day. Playing with [Brehm] was relaxing and there wasn’t any tension in the final group. All in all, it was a pretty good day.”
After the opening 37, Brehm of East Lansing, Mich., fell further from contention with a double bogey on No. 11, but back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 helped him to finish in a tie for second with Smith and Wheeldon at 8-under par. Brehm carded a 1-over 73 in the final round, while Smith (Barrington, N.H.) and Wheeldon (Comox, Canada) posted rounds of 65 and 68, respectively, on Thursday.
German Allen John matched Hutchison’s low round of the tournament with a final-round 64 to move into a tie with Cory Stelick (Groton, N.Y.) at 7-under par. Stelick shot a 3-under 69 in the final round.
Mathieu Gingras (69) and Evan Harmeling (71) finished the Metro West event tied for seventh at 6-under par, while Chris Ross (69) came home ninth at 5-under par.
Miami native James Vargas (72) and Missouri golfer Scott Langley (74) finished the event tied for 10th at 4-under par.
The NGA TOUR, players and staff would like to thank Metro West for a great week of play in the opening event of the Bridgestone Winter Series. The second event of the BWS will start next week at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Stoneybrook, Fla.
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