The Ottumwa Courier


July 24, 2013

Walker wins Greater Ottumwa Championship


“I’ve played in quite a few men’s tournaments, but this was nice because I just don’t know a lot of people when I go to those other tournaments,” Walker said. “Being here in my hometown and playing against so many people that are good guys I’ve gotten to know is a lot of fun and really special.”

Wilson presented the glass trophy that goes with earning the Greater Ottumwa City Championship to one of the youngest champions in the tournament’s long history. Wilson hopes that, someday, it will be sitting next to some even more prestigious trophies down the road.

“I know Matt’s got aspirations in the future for some type of professional golf,” Wilson said. “He’s just a really good kid. He works hard at it. It’s fun watching him play.”

Of course, it could be sitting next to other Greater Ottumwa City Championship trophies just like it.

“This was very special to win this (tournament) against some people that I know so well,” Walker said. “I feel very fortunate to win this. Hopefully, I’ll win it again in the future.”

Joining Walker as Greater Ottumwa City Golf Championship Flight winners on Sunday were Susie Wilson, who shot at two-round total of 171 to beat out Abbie Budan by three strokes for the women’s title. Gary Engle had the biggest comeback of the tournament as Engle rallied from third place in the championship flight to win the senior’s division on Sunday as Engle, one stroke behind Terry Godvin at the turn, fired a 35 on the back nine to win by five strokes over Godvin and Bill Allen with a 143 total.

Overall, 78 golfers took part in the two days of fun tournament golf that may have taken a little longer to finish, but was once again a success for Wilson and those that love golf in the City of Bridges.

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