2017-07-13 / Sports

Echols is first-ever five-time champ

Just as 2016 champ James Williams was setting up to join the trend-setters with back-to-back wins, Graham Echols (left) was on top of his game and snatched another win at last week’s Amos Martin Invitational. Tony Powell (right) presented the championship flag.

It was the 90th playing of the classic tournament at the Washington-­Wilkes Country Club and according to organizer Hugh Hopkins, “we had a nice weekend for golf.” About 60 players competed in the tournament.

Echols’ win puts him in a class by himself as the tournament’s only five-time winner. He and Williams both led the field at 70 after the first day but Williams came up one stroke short on the second day to finish just behind Echols’ 141. Dalton Reese (2014 champ) was but a single stroke behind that, finishing third with a 143. With Echols’ five-game stretch included, only he, Williams, and Reese have been tournament winners since 2010.

The tournament record (36 holes) is 136, held by both Billy Craycraft and Bryan Barnett.

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