Three reigning links champs winners again

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 24, 2000

Three reigning champions successfully defended their titles at the 2000 Natchez Ladies, Senior Ladies, Super Senior Ladies, Senior Men, Super Senior Men and Legend Men Golf Tournament Sunday at Duncan Park.

Sally Durkin had a two-day score of 150 to win her second straight Ladies Open Division championship and third in the last four years.

&uot;The year I didn’t win, 1998, I didn’t play,&uot; Durkin said. &uot;I think I played a little too conservatively on the front nine and left a few putts short. I played better on the back nine, starting with a birdie on No. 10. Overall, I played good this weekend. It feels good to keep coming out on top and to keep improving my score.&uot;

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Judy Powell finished second with a score of 174 and Beverly Knapp came in third with a 175.

Peggy McCall made it back-to-back Senior Ladies titles with a two-day score of 169.

&uot;On the front nine, I probably had one of my best scores with a 37,&uot; McCall said. &uot;I didn’t play as well on the back nine, on which I had a 46. But it felt really good to win again, especially since I’ve only been playing golf for five years.&uot;

C. L. Smith won his third straight Super Senior Men’s championship and five in eight years going back to 1993 with a two-day total of 176.

&uot;There’s no competition. That ain’t hard to do,&uot; said Smith about winning the five titles. &uot;I couldn’t stay out of the sand today. I had one double-bogey, on No. 9, which is the easiest hole.&uot;

Peter Buttross won the Legend Men’s championship with a two-day score of 183.

Buttross added the Legend Men’s title to the Senior Men’s title he won in 1991 and the Super Senior Men’s title he won in 1997.

&uot;I would have had a terrific round had it not been for the seven on the par-3 sixth hole,&uot; Buttross said. &uot;The 41 I had on the back nine was one of my best scores ever.&uot;

C. F. Carlton finished second with a two-day total of 209.

Pete Powell had an uncharacteristic four-over-par 75 on Sunday, but still easily won the Senior Men’s title with a two-day score of 140. &uot;I putted real bad,&uot; Powell said. &uot;I missed two greens. I lost patience on my putting.

B. J. Strong finished in second place with a 168 and George Hude was third with a 173.

Patsy Jones won the Super Senior Ladies championship with a two-day total of 179.

&uot;It feels wonderful to win the first one,&uot; Jones said. &uot;I improved on the back nine by three strokes, which was what I was hoping to do.&uot;

Sonia Cothren finished two shots back with a 181.

&uot;I didn’t play very good today, but I was happy to play,&uot; Cothren said. &uot;I missed putts just like everyone else did.&uot;

Frances Trosclair finished in third place with a score of 185.