Life was giving Chris Williams lemons Monday morning.
After shooting 5 over par through the first eight holes, the Winfield senior began squeezing his competition and birdied four of the last five holes to record the only sub-par round of the 14-team Mountain State Athletic Conference golf tournament and claim the individual championship.
Williams' 1-under-par 69 on the par-70 Berry Hills Country Club course, however, wasn't good enough to derail George Washington's fourth straight MSAC team title by 20 strokes over Cabell Midland (298-318).
The Patriots' Will Evans and Drew Call led the charge with matching 3-over 73s and two others followed with rounds in the 70s as GW posted four players in the top 10. Nitro's T.J. White also clubbed a 73. (See Page 2B for results.)
Winfield is competing in the MSAC for the first time this season.
"It means a lot playing GW on its home course,'' said Williams. "They play up here every day. It's a good way to start the conference.
"We didn't play that good today, but we have been playing really well the past week. After I made my first birdie it just started coming together. "I just tried to forget about [the slow start] and start over. I didn't really think about how I started. I'm just happy with the way I fought back.''
Williams tied for sixth at last month's West Virginia Amateur and competed in the Virginia-Carolinas team matches earlier this month.