Thatcher rallies to win Coors Light Championship

September 09, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — Chuck Thatcher was within striking distance of the leaderboard following the first round of the sixth Coors Light Championship on Saturday at Black Rock Golf Course.

His 1-over-par 73 was five shots behind Ken Lampard, but Thatcher is accustomed to either rallying or faltering in second rounds in various tournament in the area.

Sunday was of the rallying variety as Thatcher, from Boonsboro, knocked down nine birdies that offset four bogies to bring together a 5-under-par 67 and a 140 total that overcame Lampard and the rest of the field by five strokes.

“It’s been a good month, second in the WACO, fifth in Frederick and a win here,” said Thatcher.

Lampard had even held a four-shot margin over Thatcher through the first nine holes on Sunday. The wheels began to turn loose on the par-5, 538-yard 11th when Lampard lost three shots with a double bogey and Thatcher’s birdie.

On the 18th hole, Thatcher watched playing partner Peter Berthold eagle out from the fairway from 117 yards with a wedge square in the cup. Then, he stepped up 10 feet closer and lofted his wedge 10 feet from the hole. He made the putt to finish at 67.

“I played the same both days,” said Thatcher. “I just made putts today. Four of the birdies were within four feet. I had some nice saves.”

One of the better saves came on the par-5 17th after reaching the fringe off the back side of the green in two above the pin. With a deft touch, Thatcher putted through the green to within a couple of feet to set up the birdie putt.

Steven Miguel caught Lampard at 145 for a second-place tie, Berthold was fourth at 146 and Andrew Duff and Dean Hamburg tied for fifth at 147.

Keith Shindle won the First Flight with an 81-75—156 and John Moller took home the Second Flight with an 88-79—167.

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