Natchez pair wins by two

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; With summer winding down and school ready to pick back up, the Beau Pr/ Guys-N-Dolls Tournament provided some final golf fun before life returns to normal.

This year&8217;s tournament drew teams from across the South, with only one team &8212; eventual winners Neal Partridge and Mary Kate Byrne &8212; consisting of locals.

Partridge and Byrne shot 66 on Sunday for a two-day total of 128, two strokes good enough to beat Al and Lou Hart and Will and Vickie Dees; each of whom shot 64 on Sunday to finish at 130.

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It was Partridge and Byrne&8217;s second-straight win in the tournament.

Partridge was happy to have shot well enough to come through with the win.

&8220;I had told Mary Kate that we needed to shoot eight-under to be comfortable,&8221; he said. &8220;Fortunately we did well enough to win.&8221;

Byrne, in her usual self-deprecating style, downplayed her role.

&8220;I didn&8217;t do anything to help,&8221; she said.

Partridge then set the record straight.

&8220;Oh she did,&8221; he said. &8220;Neither one of us putted very well out there today. We both missed some birdie putts. We didn&8217;t birdie any of the par-fives.&8221;

Partridge, a Natchez native who now resides in Baton Rouge to work as a Registered Nurse, was also highly complementary of the job Beau Pr/ and its head golf professional, Dwayne David, did in putting on the Guys-N-Dolls Tournament.

&8220;This is a great tournament,&8221; he said. &8220;It&8217;s probably one of the best they have here. It&8217;s a good draw for the city because lots of people love to come down here and stay in the bed and breakfasts on top of playing the course.&8221;

David felt the tournament had been a perfect end to the tournament season.

&8220;(The tournament is) kind of like winding down the year,&8221; he said. &8220;It&8217;s a good way to get a lot of golfers in here. Mary Kate and Neal were the only locals.&8221;

Byrne, who will be leaving for Centenary College with a golf scholarship next week, said she hopes she can continue the tradition of teaming with Partridge to win the Guys-N-Dolls.

&8220;I hope I&8217;ll have the time to get down here and play,&8221; she said. &8220;I&8217;d definitely like to keep playing (this tournament). We&8217;ll just see what my schedule looks like.&8221;

With only a Four-Ball tournament next month remaining on his schedule, David said he felt this was the optimal tournament schedule for Beau Pr/ at this time.

&8220;Pretty much I&8217;m happy with the schedule we have now,&8221; he said. &8220;With the Gals-N-Pals, which has six rounds and then a final, the Guys-N-Dolls, and two Four-Ball tournaments we stay busy.&8221;