The Wilmington Municipal Golf Course was helped by great weather this weekend. It hosted the 35th Annual Amateur Golf Tournament. Many players said the best part about the tournament is the sprawling course owned by the city of Wilmington. “I've played about four of five times. This is the first time in a few years. The course is in fantastic shape, and David did a great job of setting this up. It's just a great tournament." said Daryl Edward, a local Wilmington resident. 192 golfers played in this year's Wilmington City Amateur Championship. John Blackwell entered the Wilmington City Amateur Championship as the defending champion. He also held a one shot lead going into the second round. But he fell back early and was not a factor. Don Hancock made a bit of a move on the 12th with a birdie putt that moved him to 4 under for the tournament, but he started moving backwards and finished in 4th place. Then there's Neil Wilkinson. He played his best golf on the front, but the tournament does not really start until the back side on the final day. He was sharp with all aspects of his game. Wilkinson stood tall at 5 under par, 2 shots ahead of Brian Mull, who was 3 under par entering the 15th hole. On the 15th hole, Mull hit a great tee shot, great approach, and putt to move to 4 under. Wilkinson went onto par the 16th hole, but he bogeyed the 17th hole. That opened the door for Brian Mull who pared 16 and 17, which meant both golfers entered the 18th hole tied at 4 under par. Wilkinson in the next to last group of the day made a great up and down. Mull had to sink a knee knocker to force a playoff. He did, and due to darkness, the playoff for the Men's City Amateur Championship will be held Monday morning.
UPDATE: Brian Mull won the tournament on the first playoff hole Monday morning.