Frank Huff, playing in his first UGA Seniors Championship at Davis Park Golf Course, took home top honors as he added a 73 to his first-day 69.
That gave the 55-year-old Huff a one-shot victory over Babe Lang, who shot a 74 Thursday."I'm just a young punk," said Huff with a laugh as he accepted congratulations from fellow senior golfers.
Huff thought he had lost his chance to win the tournament when he bogeyed his final hole of the day. But up ahead in the next group, Lang was having his troubles after starting off 4-over on his first nine.
Huff had his own troubles on his first nine, bogeying his seventh, eighth and ninth holes. But he came back with birdies at 10, 11 and 17 before making the bogey at the last hole.
"I'm happy to win this," said Huff, who works in advertising and is the current club champion at Willow Creek.
Lang, a 58-year-old Sperry Univac retiree who plays out of Bonneville, was playing in his first amateur tournament in three years after being a professional. Lang had tried to make the Senior Tour for a couple of years, but gave up when he ran out of money. He regained his amateur status just three weeks ago.
"I had my problems driving today. I kept pushing them to the right," said Lang.
Finishing third and fourth overall were longtime prominent amateurs Vaughn Barker and Jack Ridd, who were both in the 65 to 69 age division. Barker finished at 145, while Ridd was at 146.
Glenn Jensen won the 60 to 64 division with a 150 total, while Bruce Lake captured the 70 and over division with a 155 total.
Net winners were Kent Farnsworth, Keith Oram, Melvin Gate, Freeman Murray and Ted Branca.