Durkin, Merritt capture championships

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 13, 1999

Sally Durkin won it by the book. Linda Gardner offered Durkin some advice from a book on the mental approach to golf before this weekend’s Duncan Park Ladies and Senior Golf Tournament.

&uot;It said winners see what they want to happen while loser’s wee what they fear can happen,&uot; Durkin said. &uot;That’s the way I approached every shot.&uot;

Durkin, who fired a first round 79 Saturday, followed that up with a 76 to capture the Ladies championship with a 155.

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&uot;I just wanted to go out and play trouble-free golf,&uot; said Durkin, who had a seven-stroke lead after one round. &uot;I got double bogeyed No. 6, but I never got into any trouble after that.&uot;

Peggy Bernaird fired a second-day 83 to finish at 163, while Judy Powell used a second-day 78 to finish at 167.

Gaye Hyde followed in fourth place with a 169.

Peggy McCall won the Senior Ladies at 181, while Frances Trosclair captured the Super Seniors at 195.

Herman Merritt shot a one-under on the front nine Sunday on his way to a 73 to run away with the Senior Men Division.

Merritt, who held a seven-stroke lead after a first round 78, finished at 151.

&uot;I was just trying to keep it in the fairway, which is always the name of the game,&uot; said Merritt, whose son Blaine is the golf pro at Mississippi State. &uot;I didn’t three putt all day, so&160;I putted well. The golf course is in great shape. I would just like to see more seniors come out and play. We have a great time.&uot;

Phhil McKinney finished second at 164, while Billy Strong was at 169 and George Hude tallied a 178.

C.L. Smith won the Super Senior Men at 169.