Brooking hangs on for third Harvest Club title

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 8, 2001

Despite going five-over-par in his last six holes in Sunday’s final round, Greg Brooking of McComb still managed to hang on to defeat Gary Farmer of Natchez by three shots to win the 26th Annual Harvest Club Golf Tournament at the Duncan Park Golf Course for the third straight year.

Brooking, who had a front-nine 32, finished with a two-over 73 for a two-day score of 144.

&uot;I hit some bad shots, but I got the win,&uot; he said. &uot;To win three in a row, it’s special. I finished poorly to win the tournament.&uot;

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&uot;What a great tournament it was. Robert Henderson and Eddie West of the Harvest Club worked real hard and did a great job of putting on this tournament,&uot; he continued. &uot;Good strong field. Good players. The golf course is in great shape.&uot;

Farmer, who was tied with Brooking and David Cothren, also of Natchez, with first-round 71s, had a final-round 76 to finish at 147. Cothren had a disappointing 82 to finish at 153.

But perhaps the biggest downward spiral in the championship flight came from another Natchezian, Paul Sparks. Trailing Brooking, Cothren and Farmer by only two shots along with Walter Anderson of Memphis, Tenn. going into Sunday’s final round, Sparks self-destructed with seven three-putts and a triple-bogey on the 10th hole and finished with an 89 for a two-day score of and finished last in that flight.

Herman King of Gretna, La., had a 75 on Sunday to match his Saturday score for a 150 to hold off Leonard Frazier (78-73 151) of Natchez by one shot to win the first flight.

&uot;I made a couple of mistakes (Saturday). I had a double bogey that kept me from being in the championship flight,&uot; King said.

After a tough start on the front nine in which he had a double bogey on the eighth hole and two bogeys, King had seven pars, only one bogey and one birdie on the back nine.

The only player who moved up in flight was Chris Hutchins of Natchez (87-77 164), who moved up from the third flight to the second flight.