Smiths team up on soggy Sunday

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Kevin Smith Sr. and his son Kevin Jr. don’t get to play much golf together these days, but one wouldn’t have known that this weekend at Beau Pr Country Club.

The father-son duo followed up on their 5-under-par 67 on Saturday with a front-nine, 2-under 34 to finish in first place in the championship flight with a two-day score of 101 in the first annual Beau Pr Member-Guest Golf Tournament.

&uot;It feels good,&uot; Kevin Smith Sr. said about he and his son being the first champions of the inaugural tournament. &uot;It was the first year to have this type of member-guest tournament.

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&uot;We just enjoy playing golf. We got a chance to see a lot of people from out of town who used to live in Natchez. Overall, it was a good tournament.

&uot;My son and I don’t get much of a chance to play golf together, but he was in town this weekend. It’s been a wonderful tournament.&uot;

The Smiths were at 1-under through seven holes before all the teams that teed off in the afternoon had to go back to the clubhouse as lightning and heavy rain approached the golf course between 3:30 and 4 p.m, forcing a delay of over an hour &045; the second delay of the day.

&uot;It’s been sopping wet,&uot; Smith said during the delay. &uot;Tough playing conditions so far for everybody.&uot;

Because of the weather, the final round was reduced to the front nine holes. Those teams that had already played turned in their scorecards and those that hadn’t had to finish the front nine.

The Smiths birdied No. 8 and parred No. 9 to finish their final round.

Gary Farmer and Phillip West finished second with a two-day score of 103 after shooting a final-round, even-par 36.

Tom Matthews and Ross Hufford won a scorecard playoff to finish in third place with a two-day total of 104 after firing a 36 on Sunday.

&uot;If we could’ve made some putts, it wouldn’t have been even close,&uot; Matthews said. &uot;We played good. We lost the tournament not making any putts. From tee to green we played very well. But once we got on the greens, it was a whole new adventure.&uot;

Matthews also said he likes the format of this tournament.

&uot;It’s real good,&uot; he said. &uot;I played in the first one and I hope to play in those in the future.&uot;

Keith Rayborn of also played in the tournament and although he and playing partner David Cothren didn’t fare too well in the second flight, he liked playing the course.

&uot;The course is in great shape. The greens are in great shape,&uot; Rayborn said. &uot;Beau Pr just hosted the Women’s State Amateur and now this. There’s people like me who don’t play the course that much that should.&uot;

Rayborn said he didn’t play too well on the front nine, but played better on the back nine &045; until the rain came.

&uot;Today’s what killed us,&uot; he said. &uot;The rain earlier today didn’t affect the course. It just rained so much (later on) that we couldn’t keep carrying on.&uot;

The team of R. Smith and B. Hyer (no first names available) took first place in the first flight with a two-day total of 104 after shooting a final-round, 2-under 34.

The team of Billy Ulmer and Danny Yates had the lowest net score with a two-day total of 84 (53-31).

&uot;We were high handicap players who played above our heads,&uot; Ulmer said. &uot;We had a good day yesterday, but we didn’t play well today. We didn’t feel like we’d be real competitive today.&uot;