Keith Rayborn, right, putts as his partner Jody Helbling, left, stands by with his umbrella Saturday morning during the first day of the Beau Pre Cup golf match. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

Rain doesn’t halt cup matches

Published 12:32am Sunday, September 30, 2012

NATCHEZ — Despite a steady and occasionally heavy rain that came through the region during the late morning and early afternoon, Saturday morning’s four ball matches at the 2012 Beau Pré Cup at Beau Pré Country Club went on without any delay.

Team St. Andrews dominated the four ball matches with five wins and finished with 5 ½ points to just 1 1/2 points for Team Carnoustie, last year’s winning team.

St. Andrews team captain Bobby Meason teamed up with Jerry Beauchamp to defeat Carnoustie team captain David Cothren and Richard Edgin, 3 & 1. The most lopsided win for Team St. Andrews belonged to the team of Dan Bland and Matthew Hall, who defeated Tommy Geoghegan and Woody Allen, 5 & 3.

Team Carnoustie avoided a possible shutout in the morning when Chad Huber and Brandon Garrity defeated Jody Helbling and Keith Rayborn, 5 & 4. The match between Casey Ham and Kevin Smith Jr. of Team St. Andrews and Jordan Farmer and Lloyd Trisler of Team Carnoustie finished all square and with each team receiving one-half of a point.

Then after a brief break, the rain returned during the alternate shot matches, but again play was not suspended.

And Team St. Andrews added to its already impressive lead with five points to finish with 10 1/2 points on the day while Team Carnoustie fared just a little bit better than it did in the morning as it ended up with 2 points for a total of 3 1/2 points

The team of Tee Cotten and Al Conn notched its second win of the day after defeating Geoghean and Anderson 5 & 4. The match pitting Hall and Lee Jones against Huber and Cole Bradford was a good one and in the end, Hall and Jones escaped with a 1-up win.

Helbling teamed up with Chuck Fields to defeat Cothren and Mike Cook, 4 & 3. Beauchamp and Gary Farmer had no trouble defeating Allen and Lambert, 8 & 6.

Team Carnoustie got only one win and halved two matches. Edgin and Garrity defeated Bland and Rayborn 2 & 1. Meason and Howard finished all square with Bill Byrne and Craig Bradford. And for the second time, Ham and Smith Jr. came out all square with Trisler and Jordan Farmer.