Ole Miss' Wolcott wins 1st Chattanooga Choo Choo

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Ben Wolcott pulled away from the field Wednesday to win the inaugural Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational at Council Fire Golf Club.

Wolcott, an Ole Miss freshman from Burns, Tenn., was the only competitor to break par each day, shooting 67-70-70 for a 6-under 207 total and five-stroke victory.

Emerson Newsome (69), a Cincinnati sophomore from Dacula, Ga., and Dustin Smith (70), Vanderbilt's assistant and a former Lamar player, tied for second at 212. Carson Jacobs (74), a Vanderbilt sophomore from Hendersonville, and Stuart Thomas (68), a UT-Chattanooga freshman from Knoxville, tied for fourth at 213.

Tim Jackson of Germantown, who sprinted to the first-round lead with a 5-under 66, struggled to a 75-77 finish and a share of ninth place at 218.

Wolcott, whose father Bob was an All-American at Georgia in the early 1980s and played the PGA Tour, was Tennessee's top-ranked junior coming out of Dickson County High School. Last week, Wolcott tied for fifth in the Magnolia Amateur in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Council Fire Golf Club played host to the 2008 NCAA Men's East Regional. The inaugural Choo Choo attracted a field made up primarily of Tennessee and Georgia players.

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