Lessley Natchez champ

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 24, 2000

Before teeing off on the first hole Sunday, Jay Lessley said he would have to shoot a 67 to win the 30th Annual Bill McKenney Memorial City Championship at Duncan Park.

Although Lessley did not shoot that low, he did shoot a 70 to force a playoff with first-round leader and defending champion Pete Powell which he won on the second playoff hole to win his first City Championship.

Powell, who came into the final round with a three-shot lead over Lessley after shooting a 66 on Saturday, fired a surprising 73 on Sunday.

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Surprising because Powell has won this tournament 10 times in the previous 22 years.

Both players finished 36 holes at 2-under 139.

&uot;This is my first City Championship, and it feels great. I played good. I missed a few easy putts and made the ones that counted,&uot; Lessley said. &uot;I tried to play conservative on the last hole and it cost me.

&uot;Pete really didn’t play that well, but he made a great putt, a 20-footer on 18, to force the playoff.&uot;

After both players parred the first playoff hole, Powell uncharacteristically hit his tee shot on the 18th hole (normally the second hole) in the water and ended up with a double-bogey 6.

Against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset, Lessley three-putted after getting on the green in two for bogey and the championship.

Jamie Spring shot a final-round 71 to finish in third place in the Championship Flight with a 141.

Neal Partridge had a 70 for a two-day score of 144 and fourth place.

Eric Smith had the lowest score of the final round with a 67 to finish in first place in the First Flight with a two-day total of 142.

&uot;I just made a few putts today unlike yesterday,&uot; Smith said. &uot;I knew I could shoot that low. I just put it all together today.&uot;

After shooting a disappointing 80 on Saturday, five-time tournament champion Greg Brooking shot a 71 for first place in the Second Flight with a 151.

&uot;I played a lot better today,&uot; Brooking said. &uot;With the golf course as good as condition as this, it makes it a lot easier.&uot;

Chuck Fields shot a one-under-par 70 to finish second with a 152.

&uot;It’s the best competitive round I’ve played in a while,&uot; Fields said. &uot;I just kept it in play and made a few putts.&uot;

Billy Skates won a scorecard playoff with Jody Smith for first place in the Third Flight after each player had a two-day total of 164.

Charlie Bradley fired an 82 to finish first in the Fourth Flight with a 169.

Jimmy Hibbs finished first in the Fifth Flight with a 177 after shooting a final-round 84.

Three players jumped from the Sixth Flight to the Fifth Flight, including Arlis Rogers, who, after shooting a 104 on Saturday, did 20 shots better on Sunday with an 84.

&uot;I just played my game today. Yesterday (Saturday) I couldn’t do it,&uot; Rogers said. &uot;Everything was better. I was putting a whole lot better today. This (84) is generally what I shoot.&uot;

David Donald came in first place in the Sixth Flight with a two-day score of 200.