PLYMOUTH – Youth was served in the return of the Chenango County Amateur Golf Championship, Saturday afternoon at Canasawacta Country Club.
Norwich High School students, Eric Walling and Casey Marson, captured the men’s and women’s scratch titles respectively.
Walling, a senior-to-be, outlasted Edd Jenkins in a two-hole playoff, while Marson was a comfortable seven-shot winner. Brad Hall took the 18-hole men’s seniors title; Don Chirlin won the men’s super senior division; Ryan Hagen earned the top spot in the high school division, and Marcus Dickerson of Greene fired a 36 to win the nine-hole middle school age group.
Walling, while short on years, is long on high-level competitive tournament experience. He has played as the number one or two man the last two seasons on the Norwich golf team, and this past spring, played his way on to the Section IV New York State Tournament team where he helped Section IV to a top-five team finish.
“Playing those tournaments has given me a lot of confidence, but I haven’t quite been in pressure situations like this,” Walling said.
Walling found himself one stroke in arrears to leader Edd Jenkins as he headed to his final hole of the day, the short par-four 18th. Walling drove the ball just short and right of the green, chipped to within two feet, and tapped in for birdie to finish his round at 2-over-par 73.
Jenkins was nearly two holes behind Walling’s group, but was aware of Walling’s birdie. On the long par-three 17th, Jenkins pushed his drive short and right of the green. He chipped to within eight feet, but missed the par putt – a two-shot swing as it turned out – to fall behind Walling by one.