Albertson, son of Tulsa businessman, earns first Tour victory

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Photo: Anders Albertson made seven consecutive birdies in the final round at Panther Creek CC.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Anders Albertson birdied seven holes in a row at Panther Creek Country Club on Sunday afternoon en route to his maiden Tour title at the third annual Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS. Albertson carded a final-round 63 and posted 25-under-par to beat Adam Long and Kramer Hickok by two strokes.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve won,” said Albertson, who picked up his first victory in his 62nd career start. “God is so good and this week I’ve been really calm and felt his presence.”

Albertson had good friend and fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Michael Hines on the bag this week. The two played college golf together and Hines knows Albertson’s game very well. How well? Hines convinced Albertson to hit an 8-iron from 192 yards into the last. Albertson stuffed the approach to 3 feet and made the birdie to close out the tournament and set a new 72-hole scoring record in the process.

“Mike and I had a great time,” said Albertson, who became the 14th first-time winner this season. “I’ve been lucky enough to have him on the bag this year; he’s a great player and he made a difference out there this week.”

Albertson went on a tear early to jump into the mix. The 25-year-old Houston native, whose father Scott Albertson is the founder and CEO of the Lifetime Income Store based in Tulsa, made seven consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-10, the longest streak on Tour this season. Albertson was two shy of the record set by Omar Uresti in 1994 at the Shreveport Open, but was still pleased with his effort.

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