March 23, 2003
Elliot Gealy fired consecutive rounds of 65 and 67 to win the Michelob Light Classic Sunday at Stonebridge Country Club. Gealy, who finished at 22 under par, beat out former U.S. Amateur Champion Chris Patton by two strokes.
Patton had the lead after a sensational third round in which he went 8 under par, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard at 19 under par for the 72 hole tournament. But on his second 18 holes of the day he only managed a 1 under 71 and fell two shots short of Gealy.
Sunday's win was the second for Gealy, a native of Salisbury, N.C., on the NGA Hooters Tour. He won a tournament last year in Augusta. Gealy pockets $20,000 with the victory.
For Albany native Josh Broadaway, this week's tournament was filled with ups and downs. Broadaway held the lead at 7 under par after the first round, but then only managed to shoot 5 under in the next three rounds. He finished tied for 22nd at 12 under par.
The best finish by a local golfer was turned in by Sylvester's Sonny Skinner. Skinner tied for 9th at 16 under par in his first ever NGA Hooters Tour event.
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