Bradford Tilley continued his tremendous 2022 by winning The Farrell on Sunday at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Tilley, a resident of nearby Easton who plays his golf out of Sleepy Hollow, powered his way through the 16-man bracket to capture the title. He started with a 6-and-5 drubbing of Andrew Biggadike, escaped Pat Wilson in 19 holes, defeated Matthew Lowe, 4 and 3, in the semifinals and then crushed Darin Goldstein, 6 and 4.
It was the third meaningful win this season for Tilley, the No. 248 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He won the Westchester Open and the Met Amateur before adding The Farrell – a new high-level invitational conducted by the Met Golf Association. The tournament honors former longtime Stanwich head pro Billy Farrell, the son of U.S. Open winner Johnny Farrell.
The tournament’s first victor is a deserving one. The former University of Virginia team captain is a reinstated amateur who played professional golf for eight years, registering 20 starts on PGA Tour Canada and nine starts on PGA Tour Latinoamérica during that time. Tilley, 39, has been impactful as a mid-amateur since his reinstatement in 2017, having won the New York Mid-Am, Westchester Amateur and Richardson Memorial in addition to several respectable finishes in national events. He makes his living managing the import of food and beverage products from Scandinavia.
One of the unique aspects of this fledgling tournament is that it includes women’s mid-amateurs and men’s senior amateurs. There were several highly ranked women’s mid-amateurs in the field, including recent U.S. Women’s Mid-Am runner-up Aliea Clark.
On the women’s mid-am side, Catherine McEvoy defeated Chaithra Katamneni, 3 and 2, to capture the championship. For the senior men, Edward Gibstein beat Pat Pierson, 2 up, for the title.
Trip Kuehne of Southlake, Texas, and Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, Nevada, teamed to shoot 19-under 197, winning the 42nd Trans-Miss Four-Ball Championship on Thursday at Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas.
Kuehne, who recently spoke to Global Golf Post about his return to competitive amateur golf after a lengthy hiatus, paired well with Marsh, the former Pepperdine player who won the 2005 U.S. Mid-Am. The partners never bogeyed the same hole throughout the tournament despite combining for 13 bogeys or worse individually. It was the perfect ham-and-egg solution to beat a trio of teams by one stroke. After a 9-under 63 in round one, Kuehne and Marsh shot a pair of 5-under 67s to close out the event.
The three runner-up teams were Gregory Pipkin and Beau Davis, Casey Nelson and Kane Hanson, and Kristoffer Marshall and Jake Istnick.
In the senior division, Don Dean of Austin, Texas, and Mike Lohner of Southlake, Texas, shot 20-under 196 to win by one stroke over Todd Roberts and Brady Exber. Dean and Lohner carded an 8-under 64 on the final day to beat Roberts and Exber, who shot 7-under 65.