Golf

Bishop takes title at Pebble Beach

Will Bishop will always remember this Labor Day weekend as a labor of love on one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

The 16-year-old Paul Laurence Dunbar golfer teamed with David Eger to win the pro-junior portion of the Champions Tour's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

In the two-player best-ball format, Eger and Bishop opened with a 63 at Del Monte on Friday, followed by rounds of 69 and 67 at Pebble Beach the last two days to finish 17-under par and win by a shot.

The tournament was televised by The Golf Channel.

"I didn't come all this way to finish second," Bishop said by cell phone from California.

"But it was all pretty amazing. How good the course was. The unbelievable views. Playing with these guys. I'll never forget it."

Eger shot 68-73-69—210 to tie for fifth in the senior event behind winner Jeff Sluman.

Bishop's final round included a chip-in birdie on No. 10, and a couple of pars on holes that Eger bogeyed to help their best-ball score.

Bishop shot 77 on his own ball in difficult, windy conditions.

Dave Bunnell, executive director of the Larry Gilbert Foundation/First Tee of Lexington, caddied for Bishop this weekend.

Bunnell said he had a feeling Bishop might make the 36-hole cut, "but I didn't imagine anything like this. It's unbelievable."

Bishop's parents, Barry and Allyson, were among the spectators at Pebble Beach.

Bishop was low scorer in the national qualifer in July to earn a spot in the Walmart Open. Also in July he became the first high school golfer in 40 years to win the Men's City Championship.

When Bishop returns home, he'll try to keep his game sharp for another month. The high school regional tournament is a few weeks away, followed by the state tournament in early October.

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