BLUEFIELD, Va. — With the tournament in the balance, Garland Green rifled his 8-iron approach shot on the final hole to within six feet of the cup and, in the process, positioned himself to win his second straight Pocahontas Men’s Amateur golf championship Sunday.

Moments later, he closed the deal.

Green stepped onto the 18th tee, sharing the lead with Garland Ferrell after the pair had staged a riveting, back-and-forth battle throughout the day.

Moments after Green’s approach shot on 18, Ferrell pushed his second shot into a greenside trap and ended his day with a bogey. Holding an opportunity for a two-putt finish and the win, Green needed just one more stroke, finding the bottom of the cup with his birdie putt.

“It wasn’t easy,” the defending Pocahontas champion said, moments after signing his scorecard. “It’s a lot tougher to repeat here than it was to win it the first time.”

A rising junior at Virginia Tech, Green shot a final round 72 to finish the tournament at two-under par (208).

“I had some opportunities,” noted Ferrell, a rising senior at Furman University. “I had 19 putts on the back nine today.” His closing 72 wrapped up a three-day total of 210, even par.

The “Garlands” staged a two-horse race for much of the afternoon. Green began the day with a two-shot lead, but quickly slipped into a tie with Ferrell after a double bogey on the second hole.

However, by the sixth hole, Green seized a three stroke lead again with a pair of birdies and a Ferrell bogey. With his second double bogey of the day one hole later, Green’s lead had been trimmed to one, and Ferrell’s birdie on nine forged a tie at the turn.

When Ferrell birdied the par-three 10th hole, he grabbed his first lead of the day and held it through 11. Four holes later, they were tied again and after Green matched Ferrell’s birdie with a birdie from the bunker on 17, they remained tied with one hole to play.

After their tee shots on 18, both had open approach shots to the pin, pushed to the extreme back of the green.

That’s when Green’s eight iron paved the way for his championship.

“I felt a lot of pressure because so many people here were rooting for me to win,” a relieved Green said afterward. “It was very satisfying because of the quality of the field and because Garland (Ferrell) made me earn it.”

Martinsville’s Keith Decker finished in third place, four shots off the pace after a 73 Sunday.

Wyoming East standout Evan Muscari closed his tournament with an eight-birdie 67, the day’s best round. He won the junior division and finished in a fourth place four-way tie at 213 with Austin Reeves, Jack Ulrich and Buck Brittain.

Charlie Green won the senior division with a 54-hole 220.

“It was a wonderful weekend,” observed tournament director Frank Wilkinson during the awards ceremony. “We had three beautiful days and some outstanding golf.”

The 40th Pocahontas Men’s Amateur was sponsored by First Century Bank.

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Pocahontas Men's Amateur

Final

Sunday

At Fincastle Country Club, Bluefield, Va.

Garland Green 68-68-72 — 208

Garland Ferrell 73-65-72 — 210

Keith Decker 70-69-73 — 212

Evan Muscari 73-73-67 — 213

Buck Brittain 72-73-68 — 213

Austin Reeves 70-73-70 — 213

Jack Ulrich 67-74-72 — 213

David Schmidt 72-72-70 — 214

Andy Price 68-70-77 — 215

Mark Gaynor 76-69-72 — 217

Todd Satterfield 68-75-74 — 217

Jack Allara II 69-74-75 — 218

John Phillips 73-68-77 — 218

Ryan Whalen 72-74-73 — 219

Jim Huffman 70-72-77 — 219

Donnie Hankins 73-76-71 — 220

Charlie Green 74-72-74 — 220

Mike Redwood 77-74-70 — 221

Mike Krulich 74-78-70 — 222

Nicholas Dent 77-71-75 — 223

Michael Wade 73-73-77 — 223

Nick Huggins 71-73-79 — 223

Peyton Lawson 68-75-80 — 223

Jamison Conrad 74-71-79 — 224

Matt Morgan 75-73-77 — 225

Bob Ramsey 78-74-74 — 226

Bill Hathaway 74-74-78 — 226

Rick Fricke 72-74-80 — 226

George Perkovich 76-70-81 — 227

Brandon Ketron 81-75-72 — 228

Jon Auville 78-74-76 — 228

Aaron Eckstein 76-73-79 — 228

Scott Miller 72-76-81 — 229

Gary Cooper 75-82-73 — 230

Barry Wirt Jr. 84-70-76 — 230

Jim Huggins 74-79-77 — 230

Jeff McGraw 76-75-79 — 230

Chris Wirt 79-77-75 — 231

Chandler Beavers 79-77-75 — 231

Jeremy Vallet 75-80-76 — 231

Brandon Watkins 77-79-75 — 231

Preston Lilly 74-79-78 — 231

Stephen Crigger 75-72-84 — 231

Larry Dye 76-81-76 — 233

Reuben Prillaman 75-79-80 — 234

Andrew Wagner 77-75-82 — 234

Ben Taylor 77-80-79 — 236

Marcus Gray 78-77-81 — 236

Joe Doddridge 79-76-81 — 236

Jeff Bryant 82-78-78 — 238

Matt Tiller 78-81-79 — 238

Don White Jr. 75-80-83 — 238

Pat Parker 74-79-85 — 238

Jason Russell 75-82-82 — 239

Tom Bailey 77-83-80 — 240

Jerry McKinney 78-81-81 — 240

Phil Mayes 80-79-81 — 240

Dustin Hicks 79-80-84 — 243

Billy Peters 78-79-86 — 243

Morgan Brewster 80-79-88 — 247

John Chmara 78-81-91 — 250

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