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June 24, 2014

Bowden wins the Baymont Inn and Suites Classic

MONTGOMERY — Daniel Bowden had never been inside the state of Indiana, but he sure made the most of his first trip to the Hoosier State.

Bowden won the Baymont Inn and Suites Classic Sunday afternoon at Country Oaks behind a tournament record 63 over the final 18 holes to clinch the four-stroke victory.

Bowden shot a 66, but was locked in a four-way tie with Pete Skripstas, Patrick Krier-Wilkes and Andy Winings atop the leader board after 18 holes Saturday afternoon. After two late bogeys, he wasn’t pleased with his round and didn’t even look at how the other players had fared.

“I played really well yesterday, but I had back-to-back bogeys on some easy holes,” Bowden said. “I knew if I just played steady on those holes then I would have a good round.”

Entering play Sunday, Bowden knew he was going to have to shoot a better score than he did on Saturday. His final number — a 63 — wowed the Country Oaks veterans, who play the course regularly. Bowden produced an eagle on 12 and 15 and even a bogey on 17 and a par on 18 didn’t stop him from making history. Bowden’s 63 was the lowest 18-hold round in the

“I just kept it simple and tried to not have too many thoughts,” Bowden said. “I didn’t use a yardage book or anything like I normally do. I just looked at the yardage and the hole and just hit it. I didn’t know what the course record was, I just knew I had to make a lot of birdies to win. I played with some guys yesterday and they were making a lot of birdies.”

As luck would have it, Bowden, a South Carolina resident, was a last minute addition to the field. A friend of his informed him of the weekend tournament at Country Oaks and there was one spot left for Bowden to claim. After a nine-hour drive, he was able to get one look at the 18-hole course during Friday morning’s Pro-am.

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