Eklund Breaks Away to Win Jefferson Cup at Birdwood

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

The Jefferson Cup leaderboard was crowded at the top entering final round play at Birdwood Sunday, and for the front nine holes, it was still crowded.

Wes Eklund, Phil Mahone and Bowen Sargent all came into the day with a share of the lead at -1.

But it was Eklund who asserted himself on the back nine, using back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 to win his third Jefferson Cup title in the last four years.

It was a sweet homecoming for the Albemarle alum, who played his high school golf at Birdwood.

"Anytime playing locally and winning feels great, being in your hometown stomping grounds. Just feels awesome," Eklund explained. "When I come back here it's just get back into what I was doing before. Think about routine and just play like that."

Eklund shot a final round 68 to win the title. Mahone shot 71 to finish second and Sargent finished third with a 72.

Mahone didn;t go away empty-handed however. His runner-up finish was enough to win him the Battle Trophy, given annually to the top amateur male golfer in central Virginia.

Mahone also finished second at Greene Hills and Farmington earlier this season to give him enough points for his third Battle Trophy, tying him for most ever.

"Being consistent obviously helps," Mahone explained. "It's always my goal to win so that's a bit frustrating to be so close in so many Tournaments and not win but still to be that consistent, I'm proud of that."

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