Madison Central freshman Warren Thomis won the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship on Tuesday.
Thomis' 2-day total of -7 gave him a seven stroke victory over defending champion Benny Haggin during Kentucky PGA Junior Tour's season-opening competition at Gibson Bay Golf Course.
Thomis got off to a fast start in his final round and never allowed his competitors much hope to catch him as a round of 68 (-4) boosted his total score to 137 (-7). Birdies on the par-three 3rd and par-four 5th holes opened an early cushion while his closest challengers at the start of the round stumbled out of the gates. Before long, Thomis was able to extend his lead by as many as eight strokes during the back nine.
Two consecutive bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes proved insignificant, especially when Thomis walked off by holing a chip shot on the 18th green for birdie.
"My putting was really solid this week," Thomis said. "My short game and wedges were key in making this happen too because it felt like I got everything up and down these last two days. Last year I blew a lead on day two in a younger division and eventually lost in a playoff for second place, so I was really motivated to win this year in an older division and it feels good to get it done. Next up I've got a Kentucky Open qualifier at Boone's Trace National Golf Club on Thursday and then in mid-July I'll be going to Georgia to compete in an AJGA tournament."
Several other Madison County golfers players also competed this week:
Central's Cooper Eberle finish 10th in the championship division. In the boys 15-18 age group, Central's Bryce Snapp finished eighth. In the boys 14-and-under division, Richmond's Charlie Spiller tied for second place; just one shot behind the winner. In the boys 11-12 year old division, Richmond's Radney Bales took third and Richmond's Lane Virgin was eighth.