It was a coronation, not a competition.
Greg Sanders claimed his second Alaska State Amateur Golf Title in three years in runaway fashion this weekend, winning by 18 shots in what resembled a leisurely weekend walk more than the final round of a tournament at Settlers Bay Golf Course.
Despite perfect weather conditions, golfers agreed the Sunday pin placement made the round a stiff challenge. But Sanders, a 28-year Anchorage resident, said a steady approach was key as he shot an even par 71, good for eight under par for the tournament.
He hit greens all day and stroked a birdie at 7 then finished in style at 9 from about 10 feet away to applause from the gallery watching atop the hill.
His lead was never in doubt as he took a 12-shot advantage into the final round. He posted rounds of 67, 68, 70 and 71. The next closest was Kevin Daniels at +10.
Rose Pelletier was the top lady finishing at +13. Sunday was her best day of the tournament with a 1-over 72.
Near the end, the gallery of onlookers was treated to a rare sight. A large helicopter roared straight over the ninth hole as the final group was finishing. It landed behind the parking lot. One onlooker joked that it was more television network coverage for Sanders.
This weekend, he certainly looked the part.