Bob Davies won the Tacoma Senior City Amateur last weekend with a one-stroke victory, his second such title in three years
Former golf pro Bob Davies has great respect for the men who have gone before him representing Kitsap Golf & Country Club on golf courses around the Pacific Northwest.
The 1984 Central Kitsap High School alum, who grew up playing on the lush rolling course at Kitsap, kept his wits about him in a tight contest and came away with a one-stroke victory to claim the Tacoma Senior City Amateur championship last weekend. It’s his second city am title in three years.
Davies shot a two-under 69 at Meadow Park Golf Course in Tacoma on the tournament’s first day. The tourney, held by the Tacoma Golf Association, switched to Madrona Links in Gig Harbor for the second round. Here’s where it got interesting for Davies. Davies won the tournament in 2019 with a six-under, record-setting performance. Last year Davies didn’t participate because he never received the email notifying him of the registration date. The title was won by Tom Lewis.
The second-day matchup of the 2021 version included the pairing of Davies and Lewis.
“Tom and I are in the last group and I started off with a par, par, birdie, birdie,” Davies said.
Lewis struggled, making a bogey and a double bogey, to start.
“But then, (Tom) to his credit, he made seven birdies after starting 3-over and caught me on the 15th hole,” Davies said.
Davies had a bad chip-in and both players made par on the 16th, Lewis missed his shot that would have likely given him par on the 17th and Davies made a tough putt to save par. With a one-shot lead heading to the final hole, both Lewis and Davies made par with Davies taking the win thanks to the par-saving putt on the 17th. He finished with a four-under 67 for the day.
Davies said he finds success when he doesn’t have to over-think his game. He had not played at Meadow Park or Madrona Links before the city amateur and he prefers it that way.
“Most tournaments I haven’t played the course,” he said. “I find a lot of times I have the best round. I’m not afraid of anything … everyone’s got different approaches.”
Davies said it means a lot to him to bring titles back to Kitsap G&CC — especially for older champions like Buzz Edmonds.
“When I was a kid this guy set the greatest example and is a great champion and well-known all over the Pacific Northwest,” Davies said. “It was guys like that — those are the guys that inspire you to do good thing and to imitate them. Now as an older guy I want to honor him and honor those guys at the club.”
“I definitely seek out those tournaments and championships and I look for ones that I can represent my club,” Davies continued. “To do that for the guys that came before me, Randy Gros, Scott Alexander and Bob Kelly, I was just very fortunate to be around good people.”