As Phil Mahone handed out high fives to some of Central Virginia's best golfers on his way to accept his third Battle Trophy Sunday, its no question he's admired by his competitors.
"When I see on the tee sheet that I am playing with him, you know riding with him, good shot, bad shot, it doesn't matter what he made on the hole, just all around a great guy," said Wes Eklund.
The battle trophy is given out each year to the top golfer in central Virginia. By finishing in second place at the Jefferson Cup, Mahone became the third player in the 23 years of competition to win the trophy at least three times.
Like any good competitor, Mahone admitted he wanted to take home first place at the Jefferson Cup to end on a high note. The 49-year-old kept up with up-and-coming golf star and Jefferson Cup winner, Wes Eklund. Mahone said, "I was right there I battled hard but Wes is very good, and he's getting ready to turn pro so to be able to hang with him at my age, I feel pretty proud about that."
Eklund says he looks up to veteran players like Mahone. Eklund added, "He hits the ball not quite as far as some of those college guys or people that just graduated but you know every hole he just flags the ball down the middle, on the green, you know great putter great competitor and one of the nicest guys."
While Mahone is proud of his third Battle trophy win, he says its just fun to continue to play the game he loves with some of Central Virginia's finest.
"To be able to compete with them and to hang with them, its a great feeling," said Mahone.
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