Brewer/Partridge brave rain to win

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 31, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Two weather delays provided for an unusual way to determine which teams finished where in the Championship and First flights of the fifth annual Wharlest-Jackson Elks Lodge Invitational Sunday afternoon at Beau Pr Country Club.

The second suspension of play due to inclement weather, which occurred at 4:49 p.m., ended up being the last one as the remainder of the final round was called off about 15 minutes later due to heavy rain, lightning and, yes, hail.

So the tournament committee went to the scorecards and final-round scores on each team were determined by where they were at through 15 holes in the Championship flight and 17 holes in the First flight.

Email newsletter signup

And the surprising championship team of this year’s tournament turned out to be P.Z. Brewer and Neil Partridge with a final-round 54 for a two-day total of 116.

&uot;We were 6-under with one hole to play,&uot; Brewer said. &uot;We were 2-under on the front side and 4-under on the back side. We were 6-under through 15. Neil and I had a real opportunity to win if we didn’t make any mistakes. We teamed up real well. We felt like if we could get to 5 or 6-under we would have a chance to win and we did.&uot;

Chuck Fields and Richard Edgin ended up with a 55 for a two-day score of 118 to finish in second place.

&uot;It was really tough today with the rain and the black tees,&uot; Fields said. &uot;My partner hit it really good and pulled us through. It was a great tournament and a lot of fun.&uot;

Stephen Hollingsworth and Tommy Geoghegan had a 57 to finish at 119 and won a scorecard playoff for third place over first-round leaders Al Guido and C.C. Barnes, who would up with a 58 to finish at 119.

Despite the inclement weather, which put a damper on Sunday’s action, tournament director Tom Matthews was pleased with this year’s turnout, which was 80 players.

&uot;This tournament raises money for scholarships for young golfers,&uot; Matthews said. &uot;This year it’ll be Akeem West from Natchez High and Lee Jones from Trinity. They’re receiving scholarship money this year.&uot;

Gary Farmer and Kurt Russ had a final-round 57 to win the First flight with a two-day total of 121.

&uot;We made everything we putted,&uot; Russ said. &uot;We brother-in-lawed real well.&uot;

Jay Lessley and Billy Ulmer closed with a 58 to finish second with a two-day score of 122.

&uot;We played good,&uot; Lessley said. &uot;Billy hit some good drives and made some good putts. We didn’t birdie 18. We didn’t shoot but 3-under on the back. We were 6-under on the front.&uot;

Clif Cavin and Rob Smith teamed up to shoot a final-round, 8-under-par 64 to take the Second flight with a two-day score of 131.