Cleveland State Community College golfer Wes Spillers had a very memorable weekend winning the championship placing first overall at the Cookeville City Amateur at the Golden eagle Golf Club in Cookeville.
The win was particularly emotion for Spillers’ who's uncle passed away Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. After he and his uncle spoke over FaceTime last week, Spillers left the conversation with a very special and tangible memory.
“At the end of our conversation, he said he was sending me a coin from 1878 to mark my ball within my tournaments from now on,” said Spillers. “This weekend was the first time I had the opportunity to use it since his passing. To get the win was a little more emotional than you can imagine.”
The field of competitors had to persevere through tough weather conditions on Sunday, but Spillers came into the final round with confidence.
“Coming out of the gate hot on Saturday with seven birdies and a 65 was big time for me. Having a two-shot cushion headed into Sunday really helped ease the nerves," Spiller recalled. "Some guys made it tough coming out of the gate, but after play resumed after a weather delay, I walked back out to the 14th hole and knocked down a 12 footer I had for birdie and knew it was my championship to run with.”
Despite the weather and the difficult circumstances he faced, Spillers took home the trophy and shot a 134 (65, 69).
Cougars golf coach Miles Moseley said the tournament showcased his continued growth over the summer as his best two-round score at Cleveland State in his decorated freshman season was a 149.
“The improvement and development he has had in his game over the last year is mind-blowing,” said Moseley. “All of his hard work is paying off.”
Spillers said the tournament will be one to remember for a long time.
“This weekend was special in many ways, but being able to come home and do something like this with so many people I grew up with and love surrounding me was extremely special,” he said.