Visitors take championship flight at Beau Pré tournament

Published 12:04am Monday, November 4, 2013

NATCHEZ The team of Russ Gaudin of Baton Rouge, La. and Les O’Neal of Denham Springs, La. came from out of nowhere Sunday afternoon to win the championship flight at the 2013 Beau Pré Fall 4-Ball Tournament at Beau Pré Country Club.

The Gaudin-O’Neal team had a bogey-free final-round score of 7-under-par 65 after a solid opening-round 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to finish with a two-day score of 133.

“You always come out hoping you play good,” Gaudin said. “My partner (O’Neal) made most of the birdies. When he needed some help, I was able to help him. We played good both days. The course is in great shape. We had seven birdies and Les made six of them.”

Gaudin and O’Neal defeated the team of Casey Ham and Jordan Farmer, both from Natchez, on a scorecard playoff to take first place. They got some unexpected help from Ham and Farmer after it appeared that the first-round leading team was on its way to an easy win.

Ham and Farmer, who shot 8-under-par 64 despite some breezy conditions on Saturday, were at 3-under-par at the turn while the team they were paired with on Sunday, Howard and Lee Jones of Natchez, was at 2-over-par at the turn.

However, Ham and Farmer struggled on the back nine and finished at 3-under-par 69 for the day with a two-day score of 134 to finish in second place.

“We had a good time. Course is in great shape,” Ham said. Neither he nor Farmer wanted to talk about the final round after it was over.

The Joneses managed to turn things around on the back nine and finished at 2-under-par 70 for a two-day score of 137 and third place in a scorecard playoff over Lew Ward and Charlie Kennon, both from Baton Rouge. The Ward-Kennon fired a final-round 69 to finish at 137.