Golfers were greeted with dryer conditions and cooler temperatures for the second round of the Coosa Invitational. David Noll Jr. said he got something else as well — some family luck.
Noll birdied nine holes at Coosa Country Club on Sunday on the way to a 64 to finish 11-under in the two-day tournament and win the Invitational title for the sixth time. Tre Lamb, who held a one-stroke lead following Saturday’s opening round, carded a 2-under 70 to finish second in the first flight.
A top amateur for several years, Noll said it was his frustration with his first round on Saturday, in which he shot a 69, that led him to look for a way to change up his game when he came back out Sunday morning.
“I actually went to my father-in-laws house in his garage and fumbled around with some different putters,” Noll said. “I had three putters on the putting green this morning five minutes before my tee time. I just sort of kept fumbling around and chose one. It just happened to be his and I shot 64 today.
“Kind of lucky. A little bit.”
Noll, who lives in Dalton, was at 5-under when he birdied five holes in a row, starting with nine and going through 13.
“That was really the turning point,” he said. “Every time I would get over my ball, I’d look and I could instantly see the line with that putter and I just kept rolling up that line. It was just one of those days.”
Noll’s surge Sunday came as no surprise to Coosa Country Club head golf pro Brian Albertson.
“David did what David’s done for many years,” Albertson said. “Everybody knows he is, if not the very best amateur golfer in Georgia, one of the top two or three. We’re proud to have him as our champion for the sixth time. But he had some stiff competition.”
Nash Nance posted a 67 in his second round to give him a 138 and the lead early on. The score held up until the final group came in, which included Lamb and Noll. Nance won the fifth flight by nine strokes.
Chad Branton shot a 69 to finish 3-under and tie for first in the second flight with Ethan Lambert. Brian Shell was 1-over for the weekend and won the third flight, while Hal Lamb hung on for a one-stroke lead to win the fourth flight.
Larry Clark won the tournament’s senior division for the second year in a row by shooting a 71 on Sunday for a two-day total of 140. Mike Nance was second with a 142, while Eddie Wilson finished with a 145 for third.
“This was one of the stronger fields, as far as the quality of players, and the scores show that,” Albertson said. “We had Mother Nature to deal with, so it was a little wet on Saturday. But the golf course is beautiful. It’s in perfect condition.”
The Coosa Invitational is a part of the Rome Golf Tour, with players awarded points depending on their finish in each tournament. For more on the tour, visit GolfRomeGa.com.
At Coosa Country Club
Sunday; Par: 72
David Noll Jr. 69-64—133
Nash Nance 71-67—138
Tre Lamb 68-70—138
Chad Branton 72-69—141
Ethan Lambert 71-70—141
Jason DeJiacomo 71-70—141
Austin Weathington 72-70—142
Collin Doss 71-71—142
Justin Johnson 69-73—142
Mark Lyons 70-72—142
Rob VanGorder 70-72—142
Larry Clark 69-71—140
Mike Nance 67-75—142
Eddie Wilson 73-72—145
Phil Hardin 73-73—146
Sam Burrell 73-74—147
Brad Virgil 74-76—150
Frank Brown Jr. 76-75—151
Dan DeJiacomo 80-73—153
Larry Gilchrist 75-78—153
Steve Stewart 75-79—154