Plenty of drama in Bradenton City

As amateur tournaments go, the Bradenton Men’s City Championship had more than its share of drama.

Consider what happened in last weekend’s tournament at the River Run Golf Links:

Joe Clarkson shot a 31 on the front nine to catch the leaders, but folded on the back with two double bogeys. He ended up winning the first flight.

Eventual winner Hunter Sagar stepped on the tee box of the final hole with a one-stroke lead, but hit his tee ball into a drainage ditch. He opted to hit the ball out of the ditch after removing some of his clothing. Sagar, a 17-year-old senior at Lakewood Ranch High School and a member of its state championship team, hacked his ball out of the ditch and made bogey.

Meanwhile, veteran Manatee amateur Steve Slocum had a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but he missed an 8-foot eagle putt.

That set up a playoff, and Sagar rolled in a birdie putt on the third playoff hole for the victory.

Meanwhile, watching all this excitement was Tyrone Williams, who was a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers. He is retired and lives in Manatee County.

Flight winners included Clarkson at 147 in first flight; Kevin Gilbert at 152 in the second; Nick Petti at 159 in third; Jonathon Clark at 157 in the fourth; Jason Dill at 169 in fifth; Charles Hamel at 178 in sixth; and Roy Hampton at 182 in seventh.

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