First Posted: 9/18/2009
LENOIR Bo Miller of Mount Airy and Kevin Atkins of Dobson can call themselves something not many who swing a golf club can: national champions.
Miller and Atkins recently won the 47th annual National Association of Left Handed Golfers (NALG) Lefty-Righty golf tournament held at Cedar Rock Country Club in Lenoir.
Not only did Miller and Atkins win, but they dominated the field, besting their closest competitor, last years defending champions, by 13-strokes.
Miller, who was the lefty portion of the duo and who has been a member of the NALG for more than four years, said the $500 cash prize and $250 in merchandise they received for the win was just a side thought to being able to call himself a national champion.
It was the title, Miller said. Really and truly being from a small town like Mount Airy and playing against people from throughout the country, it was an honor to come back and bring something back like that home. Im proud of living in Surry County.
Miller and Atkins began the four-day tournament last Wednesday with a opening-day best 64. The duo then stayed consistent, shooting 66 on the second day, 67 the third and 70 in the final round for a total of 267 over four days.
Miller said the course saw around three inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday, making the close of the event that much tougher.
The tournament marked Millers second entry into the Lefty-Righty and Atkins first.
Miller said he found out about the NALG and the tournament through a friend.
About three or four years ago, Glen Key of Pilot Mountain introduced me to it and we signed up to play in it (the Lefty-Right), Miller said. We went down there, knew little about it and had a wonderful time. Playing in a national tournament, they put on a really good tournament as far as food, golf and entertainment. Its just a first-class situation.
After his first trip didnt result in a win, Miller said he asked Atkins to join him in an effort to take the championship.
I didnt want to go back unless I could compete, Miller said. Kevin and I played in a few tournaments together and we just decided a little over a year ago to go and do it.
Miller and Atkins led throughout the week and did not finish out of the medals in each individual day, taking a six-shot lead into the final day before blowing the door wide open with the only sub-par round of the rain soaked Saturday finale.
After coming back and allowing some time to reflect, Miller said he couldnt be happier about his experience.
Its started sinking in this week with people calling me, he said. The support has been great.
Miller said he plans to play in the NALG World Tournament to be held in Orlando, Fla., in 2010 and will attempt to qualify for the NALG World Cup as well as participate in several state events throughout the country.
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