Smith, Rogers win inaugural Tom Matthews golf scramble
NATCHEZ — The team of Kevin Smith Jr. and Wesley Rogers had its way with Beau Pré’s golf course to the tune of a final-round 17-under-par 55 Sunday for a two-day score of 113 to win the championship flight of the inaugural Tom Matthews Memorial Two-Person Scramble.
Smith Jr. and Rogers had eagles on the par-5 8th hole and the par-4 12th hole to go along with 13 birdies and just three pars.
“We played really well. We brother-in-lawed as good as any team could brother-in-law,” Smith Jr. said. “Wesley holed out from 61 yards out on No. 12 for eagle. We played with some really good friends in Christian Krueger and Jason Rooks. We had a lot of fun. All in all, it was a good time. It’s for a good cause.”
Smith Jr. added that this tournament, formerly known as the Wharlest Jackson Elks Lodge Scramble, is one of his favorite tournaments of the entire year and that he hopes more people play in it to keep it going.
“It’s an important tournament in the memory of Tom Matthews,” Smith Jr. said.
And as it turned out, the Smith Jr./Rogers team was the only team that went into Sunday’s final round with the lead. As of 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Beau Pré’s website had that team and the team of Jeff Anderson and Casey Ham with a share of the top spot at 14-under-par 58. However, the Anderson/Ham team shot 13-under-par 59 on Saturday and was tied for second with the team of Lee Jones and Cole Bradford.
Unfortunately, neither of those two teams were able to stay close with Smith Jr. and Rogers.
The Anderson/Ham team struggled during the middle of its back nine and finished at 12-under-par 60 for a two-day score of 119 and second place in the championship flight.
“It was a good tournament. It’s for a good cause. The course is in great shape,” Ham said.
“We got off to a good start. Shot 29 on the front. Started birdie-birdie-birdie on the back side,” Anderson said. “Then we made three straight pars. I made a big 20, 25-footer for birdie on 16. Then we limped in with a birdie on 18. Played as good as we could.”
The Jones/Bradford team struggled in its final round en route to a score of 6-under-par 66 and finished in third place with a two-day total of 125.
“Didn’t play too good. It was a good time for a good cause,” Jones said.
The team of Tee Cotten and Richard Edgin fired a final-round 9-under-par 63, and that with a bogey on the par-4 9th hole, to win the first flight with a two-day score of 129.
The team of Chad Huber and Hayden Kaiser III had a final-round 64 to finish at 131 and second place. Chuck Fields and Mel Beltzhoover teamed up to end up in third place after a final-round 65 put them at 132.
Matthew Hall and Aaron Jussely won the second flight with a two-day score of 135 after they shot a final-round 65. Two teams tied for first place in the third flight — Kayd Rush and Richard Hess as well as Henry Farmer and Aaron Sherman — after they both fired rounds of 73 to finish at 146.