McDaniel Finishes Second at Chattanooga Choo Choo Invite
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – With three rounds in the 60s, sophomore Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel finished second overall at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational to highlight his summer of amateur play.
McDaniel had a tournament score of 13-under par (203) and finished just two strokes off the leader. The Manchester, Ky., native logged a final round of 6-under par (66) to cap the tournament in style.
To open the tournament, McDaniel logged a 3-under par (69). His opening round featured six birdies, nine pars and three bogeys. He was even-par on Par 3 holes, 1-over par on Par 4 holes and a blistering 4-under par on Par 5s. He capped the round with a birdie on No. 18.
McDaniel bettered his score on day two with a 4-under par (68). The round featured six birdies and 10 pars. He was under par on Par 4s and 5s. McDaniel posted four birdies on the back nine to make his push into contention.
During the final round of play, McDaniel saved his best golf for last. UK’s sophomore notched an eagle on No. 8, a par 4 hole, to ignite his round. He logged three more birdies on the back nine, including birdieing the final hole for the third consecutive round. He finished the day at 6-under for a total score of 66. McDaniel was a combined 11-under par on Par 5 holes for the week.
The 2015 Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational included 90 amateur players from all parts of the world and featured players from the state of Tennessee and the Southeastern Region.
The Invitational was played at the Council Fire Golf Club. A par 72 and 6,999 yards course, it sits in the valley of the Tennessee Mountains. Designed by Bob Cupp in 1992, the course features etched-out bunkers, large and undulating greens, and tight, heavy rough.
McDaniel had a magnificent start to his collegiate career in 2014-15. He started all 11 tournaments for the Wildcats and ranked second on the team with a 72.12 scoring average. He notched 17 par or better rounds over 33 total rounds played. An All-Southeastern Conference Freshman team selection, McDaniel paced the Wildcats with an 11th place finish at the Conference Championship.