A second day surge was followed by a final round deluge.
Weather delays withstanding, Lucas Armstrong reigned over the remainder of the championship flight with a final round 3-under 69 to capture the Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur title in a late finish Sunday at Elizabethton Golf Course.
Armstrong, the Church Hill native and rising senior on Middle Tennessee State’s golf squad, pulled even with Bryan Sangid after a strong start Saturday and took command in the early holes on the last 18 when it mattered most to finish the event at 13-under overall.
“I just tried to keep playing my game,” said Armstrong, who eagled the fifth hole and never looked back. “It means a lot because of all the good players who have won this tournament.”
Opening round leader Sangid was plagued by a double-bogey and two bogeys to close the back nine and finish in second place at 10-under.
A final day 68 from Tommy Miller pushed him into third place at 7-under. Nick Cohen (-5) was fourth while Tyler Lane, Cayman Ratliff and Craig Reasor tied for fifth at 4-under.
Carlson Cox, who entered the day two strokes behind the leaders in third place, fired a final day 5-over 77 to finish eighth overall.
In senior’s play, Tennessee-Wesleyan men’s basketball and golf coach Mike Poe claimed his sixth title — fifth-consecutive — with a third day, 3-under 69 for a finish at 8-under to best Dwight Scott while also taking the 55-59 category.