VALDOSTA, GA. -- Former Furman golfer Daniel Bowden fired a final round six under par 66 to capture the Hopkins Tour's Valdosta Kick Off Classic this week at the par 72 6,774 yard Valdosta Country Club in Valdosta, Ga.
Bowden, whose father once was the head professional at Valdosta, used a back nine 31 to catch second-round leader Wade Binfield. A plugged lie in the bunker on the final hole ended Binfield's chances to force a playoff.
A member of the Paladin golf team from 2008-2010, Bowden birdied the opening three holes but a double bogey on the fourth and a bogey on the sixth hole left him trailing the leaders. He then birdied No. 9 thru No. 12 and added additional birdies on the back to finish at twelve under par for the tournament and take the title.
Bowden, who was honored as a GCAA All-America Scholar while at Furman in 2009 and 2010, was awarded $12,000 for the victory at Valdosta and has the early lead in the three tournament points race for the Web.com BMW Charity Pro Am exemption being awarded by the Hopkins Tour.