FIRST FLIGHT: Macon Tunstall d. Cecil Lockley, 1-up
Golfers want to hit it long, and Stem's Macon Tunstall has that on his to-do list, as well.
Yet the 54-year-old heating-and-air-conditioning specialist for Duke University, happy enough just being back on the links, wasn't exactly complaining after walking away from Hillandale Golf Course with some hardware on Sunday.
Tunstall beat Creedmoor's Cecil Lockley 1-up to secure the championship in first flight of the 67th Herald-Sun Golf Classic.
Tunstall said he missed qualifying for the President's flight by one shot, adding that he's back in the game after a two-year layoff because of a bad back. He credited Par4Success, Hillandale's golf performance center, with cranking up his strength and calibrating his swing.
Tunstall said that is why he had the stamina to endure the week-long tournament and get past Lockley on the final day.
“He was 2-up early in the match, on the front side, and I fought back and got it even,” Tunstall said. “It was back and forth.”
And Tunstall didn't even hit it particularly long.
“People need to know length isn't everything," Tunstall said. "They still can compete.”
— JOHN McCANN