19 Nov Blake Sattler wins Hooter’s Woodcreek Classic
Elgin, SC September 1, 2013 – While Blake Sattler was the only one in the Woodcreek Classic playoff without a victory on the NGA TOUR, he felt the odds were in his favor to come out on top.
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“I was pretty relaxed,” said Sattler, who joined NGA winners Chas Narramore and Daniel McCarthy in extra holes on Sunday. “I was thinking, well, this is going to be my best finish ever, regardless of what happens. You play to win the game, and that’s the only thing that was on my mind.”
The laissez-faire attitude proved pivotal for the former University of Akron standout as he was the only one of the three to make par on the first playoff hole and earned his first NGA TOUR victory.
“It feels incredible,” said Sattler, who pocketed $22,000 for the victory. “I’ve been out here a long time and it can get frustrating not winning. But I’ve kept seeing improvements in my game. I picked up a top 10 and top 20 earlier this season. I took some time off and worked hard on my game, played well in Florence (S.C.) and couldn’t wait to get here this week.”
Sattler of New Philadelphia, Ohio, torched the par-71 layout with an 8-under 63 in the opening round. The Zip alumnus posted a 66 in the second round and a 67 in the third round to earn a share of the lead going into Sunday. However, while he started – and ended – the day atop the leaderboard, Sattler spent much of the day chasing Narramore.
After starting the final round two shots behind Sattler and Chris Wolfe, Narramore wasted little time marching up the leaderboard on Sunday. The Middle Tennessee State alumnus from Kingston, Tenn., played his first four holes 3-under par to earn a share of the lead and took the outright lead with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8.
Narramore, who played in the penultimate group, held the lead until posting a bogey on No. 18 to fall into a tie for the lead at 20-under par with McCarthy, who posted an 8-under 63 in the final round.
“I started the day thinking 22 under would be a sure-fire win and 21 under would be decent, but 20 under ended up being the number,” said Sattler, who carded a final-round 68. “I asked where I stood on No. 15 and I was two back. I made a 35-foot putt for birdie and thought I was back in the game. I heard Chas bogeyed No. 18 and I knew what I had to do. It sounds stupid, but when you’re practicing, you always tell yourself that you need to birdie the last three holes or the last hole to win. That was huge for my confidence to do it.”
Despite coming up short of their second NGA TOUR victories, Narramore, who closed with a 5-under 66, and McCarthy, of Syracuse, N.Y., earned $10,000 for their runner-up efforts at The Members Club at WildeWood and Woodcreek.
Jack Newman, the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion from Des Moines, Iowa, matched McCarthy for the low round of the day with a 63 of his own. The Michigan State alumnus posted nine birdies and one bogey in the final round to move into a tie for fourth with Wolfe, who carded a final-round 69, at 19-under par.
After holding a share of the lead on the backside, Leroux Ferreira’s double bogey on No. 16 left him with a 3-under 68 and tied for sixth at the conclusion of play. Defending champion Jonathan Randolph of Brandon, Miss., also posted a 68 on Sunday to join Ferreira in a tie for sixth at 18-under par.
Seven-time NGA TOUR winner Brandon Brown closed with a 6-under 65 to join Gregor Main (69) and Ben Silverman (69) in a tie for eighth at 17-under par, while Seung-Su Han (66), Shawn Jasper (67), Travis Hampshire (68) and Clemson alumnus Matt Hendrix (68) finished T11 at 16-under par.
Former University of South Carolina stalwart Mark Silvers shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday and finished the event tied for 15th with Will Mitchell (67), Philip Francis (67), Matt Harmon (68) and Travis Klutts (69) at 15-under par.
The NGA TOUR would like to thank all the staff, sponsors and volunteers at The Members Club at WildeWood and Woodcreek for being a gracious host and making the annual event one to remember. The NGA TOUR will return to action with its Carolina Series on Sept. 16 at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, S.C.
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