Witthoft brings home the cupYoung golfer originally thought he lost the match at the end of play
Nick Witthoft, 23, took first place in the inaugural Washington County AM, this past Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Golf and Country Club.
“It is awesome to be the first name on the Cup,” Witthoft said. To me, it means a lot. It’s not a huge tournament, but it’s our county and I like to represent it. I was very happy to win it.”
The win wasn’t always a sure thing, though. Witthoft was pessimistic about his showing and the final tally.
“I was not happy with [my score]; I thought I lost the tournament. After 18 holes, I went to the guy I thought won it and told him, ‘Good match and I hope we can play again sometime.’ I was really bummed in the clubhouse and thought I had lost. Then the scores went up and I saw I had a two-stroke lead on him and ended up winning it.”
Witthoft edged out Michael Canfield by two strokes with a score of 146. He typically shoots a 143.
“Overall I wasn’t happy with my final score, but if it’s a win I’ll take it. I was pretty shocked I won.”
Witthoft peaked at the right time ahead of this tournament. He had his best game, 6 under par, tying the course record a week earlier.
The tournament was an open invite, though had a smaller turnout of around 25 people with it being its first year. Typically competitive outings involve 50-80 people.
“Friends asked me if I could play in it. I wish there would have been more advertisement, because it could have been a really fun tournament.”
Witthoft didn’t need much preparation for the tourney to claim the top spot. He currently has no golf membership and works long hours.
“I didn’t do much training. I play once a week on Wednesdays. This year was the least I’ve ever played, to be honest. I wish I could have played more. That is how things go.”
His best hole came on the opening day. He made two strokes going 2 under par on the hole.
“Hole six at Washington on the first day, I was three over going into six and I made a chip from nine fairway in six for an eagle. That was my shot of the tournament.”
He thanked his parents Joel and Darci, grandma Pat Sherman and his employer, JMV, for their support.
The annual tournament will take place again in August 2014.
“If we can get more people to sign up for it next year would be awesome.”