Senior golf: Brooking wins senior, Farmer takes ladies
NATCHEZ — For the second straight day, the wind was an issue for the 29 men and the five women competing in the final round of the 2012 Senior Men’s and Ladies City Golf Championships at Duncan Park.
The colder-than-normal temperatures also played a factor. The good news was the final round started on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. instead of the 8 a.m. start on Saturday. And it was sunny for the entire round.
Greg Brooking was the man to beat in the senior men’s (50-59) division and he ran away from the competition with a final-round score of 5-under-par 66 to finish in first place with a two-day score of 9-under-par 133.
“I played real good. I tried to stay with Pete (Powell) all day. I hit it to close to the hole all day,” Brooking said. “That’s what it takes to shoot a 66. And you have to putt well. The wind was tough.”
This makes back-to-back senior men’s Championships for Brooking, who also won the Bill McKenney Memorial City Golf Championship in 2011.
“I’m satisfied to win what I can win. I’m real satisfied,” said Brooking, who had six birdies and just one bogey on Sunday.
Nate Leonard came in second in the senior men’s division after firing a final-round, even-par 71 for a two-day total of 141.
“I hit the ball real well. I putted great until the last few holes, just like (Saturday),” Leonard said. “I enjoyed the round. It was an enjoyable experience to be my first senior tournament.”
K.G. Watkins shot a final-round 69 to finish in third place at 1-over-par 142.
Powell didn’t play as well as he did on Saturday, but he still did well enough to run away with the super senior men’s (60-69) title after shooting a final-round 2-under-par 69 to finish at 8-under-par 134 — 19 shots ahead of second-place Danny Farr, who shot a 74 to finish at 153. Powell had four birdies and two bogeys during his round.
“I played alright. My miss hits played. I didn’t hit the ball good. I missed it in the right place,” Powell said. “I putted poorly today. I hit it too easy or too hard. Greg played good today. He shot a 66 and didn’t putt well.”
George Hude came in third place after a final-round 77 gave him a two-day total of 157.
Babe Huff of Ferriday won the legends men’s (70+) division thanks to two solid rounds of golf. He backed up his 78 on Saturday with a 77 on Sunday to finish at 155.
“I shot over my head. I just shot pretty steady,” Huff said. “I had a great time. The people are real nice.”
Cornelious Lewis finished second with a two-day score of 161 and Louie Brown was third at 169.
Fran Farmer came into Sunday’s final round leading Beverly Knapp by nine shots. Farmer almost lost all of that lead after shooting a final-round 85, but she held on to win the ladies’ championship by one shot over Knapp with a two-day score of 160.
“I enjoyed playing with everybody. We want the (ladies’) tournament to be in August with the men,” Farmer said.
Knapp had a final-round 77 to finish with a two-day total of 161.
“I played well. I didn’t putt well. The wind got me on the putting,” Knapp said. “But I played much better. I had too many bogeys and not enough birdies.”
Linda Gardner, who was just two shots behind Farmer when the final round began, managed to finish in third place despite a round of 86 to finish at 163.