Agbasi beats Pierce by two shots to win Harvest Club Open

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 3, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Despite a double bogey on the old par-5 10th hole, Obie Agbasi of Monroe, La., went on to defeat Terry Pierce of Baton Rouge by two shots in the championship flight Sunday at the 31st annual Harvest Club Open at Duncan Park.

Agbasi shot a final-round 75 on Sunday for a two-day score of 146.

&8220;My driver wasn&8217;t working,&8221; Agbasi said. &8220;I got into trouble on the old No. 10, the par-5. But I made a few birdies coming in, so that helped. Terry took the lead for at least six holes. I had to finish 1-over on the back side to get him. He shot 1-under on the front and I shot 2-over.&8221;

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Agbasi, who played it this event two previous times, said the golf course was in the best shape he&8217;s ever seen it. And even though the wind was blowing between 15 and 25 miles per hour throughout much of the final round, Agbasi said it wasn&8217;t that much of a factor &8212; even though he shot four shots higher than he did on Saturday.

Pierce, however, had to take second place on a scorecard playoff. Pierce, who shot a final-round 76 to finish at 148, had to hold off hard-charging Joe Percival, who is from Lafayette, La., by way of St. Martin in the Virgin Islands. Percival shot a final-round, 1-over 72 to also finish at 148.

&8220;I had a good round,&8221; Percival said. &8220;I hit the ball pretty good. I was disappointed with my finishing hole. I had fun and I&8217;m looking forward to coming back next year. I was hoping to shoot 2-under to win, but I didn&8217;t do it.&8221;

Willie Richardson, who shot a final-round 76 to finish fourth at 149, said the wind was a big factor in that it was not only gusty, but also swirling around.

Issac Williams shot a final-round, 1-over 72 to finish at 151 to win the first flight by three shots over Brent Hollinger Sr.

Herbert Goff of Mobile, Ala., shot a final-round, 2-over 73 to rally from a two-shot deficit in round one to finish at 155 and defeat Arthur Bishop by four shots in the second flight.

&8220;That was a big surprise,&8221; Goff said of winning his flight. &8220;I hit it a little better today than I did yesterday. I made a lot of putts. I had three birdies (Nos. 1, 4 and 8) and five birdies (Nos. 3, 7, 11, 13 and 14). I concentrated a little more on my shot. I played a little better today.&8221;

Robert Simpson of Prichard, Ala., shot a 78 in the final round to finish at 164 to defeat second-place Sidney Brown of Baton Rouge and third-place Jack Rollins of Stockton, Calif., by one shot to take the third flight.

Dr. Hank Harper of Madison shot a 76 on Sunday for a two-day score of 164 to win the fourth flight.

Harper said the difference was &8220;seeing the course.&8221;

&8220;I&8217;ve had some good playing partners,&8221; Harper said. &8220;I hadn&8217;t played it. The greens putted a lot better today. Yesterday, they were really, really slow. The putts wouldn&8217;t fall yesterday. These guys were pretty loose today.&8221;