Asbell wins Chick Miler by a stroke

From left, Chris Asbell receives the 2019 Chick Miler

Invitational trophy from Summerville Country Club Golf Pro Bray Blanton.

This spring Chris Asbell was able to capture the two championships that were just out of his reach last spring.

The 29-year-old Timberland High School graduate who now works as a maintenance technician with Boeing placed second at both the 2018 Charleston City Amateur and 2018 Chick Miler Invitational. The runner-up performances must have motivated him because this year he claimed back-to-back victories at the two tournaments.

During Memorial Day Weekend, Asbell held off a furious charge by Mike Cobb to win the 46th annual Chick Miler Invitational at Summerville Country Club. Asbell opened the three-day tournament on his home course with a round of 68. He followed with two rounds of 67 to finish with a three-round total of 202, an 11-under-par effort.

Two weeks earlier, Asbell finished with a 13-under-par 203 to win the 2019 Charleston City Amateur at Charleston Municipal Golf Course. College of Charleston Mens Golf assistant coach Alex Ellis finished the 54-hole event with a 208 score to claim runner-up honors.

Asbell’s victory at the Chick Miler came by a mere stroke after Cobb shot a 62 in the third round, which is one shot off the tournament single-round record. Marc Horne and Matt Wood both came in at 210 to tie for third place. Dave Bordiuk and Tim Cone came in at 212 to tie for fifth. Others who finished in the Championship Flight are Glenn Powell (214), Cory Deering (216), Hunter Rogers (217), Jack Ellis (217), JR Stark (218), Chris Terry (219), Mike Moseley (219), Spencer Addley (219), Marty Bunch (222) and Ryan Stonaker (224).

This year 187 golfers competed in the Chick Miler Invitational. Art Jr. Hightower came in with a 215 score to place first in the first flight. Other top golfers for the flight were Josh Sine (222), Bob Merryman (223), Hank Sieling (223), Barron Knight (226) and Ed Galbavy (226).

Other golfers who finished the tournament with a score less than 230 were Jeff Traylor (227), Steve Agazzi (227), Russ Hightower (227), Brett Hardee (228), Jeff Winningham (229), Jess Cuthbert (229) and William Spinks (229).