Eagles lead to ACCS scramble win

Published 12:33 am Sunday, October 14, 2007

NATCHEZ — George Hude, Joe Brumfield, Ken Tilghman and Russell Tilghman may have been the last team to finish its round, but it turned in the most spectacular round of the day at the ACCS Booster Club Benefit 4-Person Scramble.

The Hude-Brumfield-Tilghman-Tilghman team eagled all three of the par-5 holes at the Duncan Park Golf Course en route to a round of 15-under-par 56 to take first place in the championship flight.. Its eagle on No. 10 the was the deciding hole of a scorecard playoff.

“We had a lot of fun. I don’t get to play with my son very often,” Ken Tilghman said. “There were a lot of players. We had nine birdies and three eagles.”

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Ken’s son Russell, who now lives in Dallas, Texas, was a member of Cathedral’s state championship golf teams in 1996 and 1997. Cathedral’s Class of 1997 is having its tenth class reunion this weekend, so Ken and Russell decided to play in this tournament to support ACCS, Ken said.

And Russell’s eagle putt on hole No. 10 proved to be the difference in first and second place in the championship flight as it went to a scorecard playoff.

The team of Bubba Bruce, Michael Faust, Allen Smith and Robert McKinney wasn’t able to enjoy having the lead very long despite its round of 56 and wound up in second place.

“We had an eagle on No. 5 and a par on the front nine,” Bruce said. “We had six birdies on the back nine. As a team, we played great. We just played a good round of golf. Everyone played well. Just a beautiful day to play golf.”

Had it not been for a missed opportunity for eagle on the par-5 14th hole, the championship flight wouldn’t have gone to the scorecard playoff.

The Concordia Bank and Trust sponsored team of John Mark Williams, Glenn Williams, Lee Watts and Zack Butler had seven birdies on the front nine and an eagle on No. 14 to take the clubhouse lead for over an hour, only to finish in third place at 13-under-par 58.

“We all contributed,” John Mark Williams said. “Lee, he’s our iron player, so we let him tee off the iron down the middle of the fairways. The other three, we used our drivers and it worked for us today. With the long drives, we had short chip shots.”

After Glenn Williams’ tee shot went nearly 300 yards and landed in the fairway on 14, Butler hit the approach onto the green, leaving Watts with a 25-foot downhill putt, which he drained for an eagle-3.

Even though the turnout for this year’s tournament, 58 players comprising the 15 teams, was down a little from last year, ACCS Booster Club president Bryant Murray said he was pleased with it.

“Coach (Hunter) McKeivier is the one who put this together,” Murray said. “They’ve been doing this for several years. It’s a very good fundraiser. We have a lot of local businesses who sponsor this. A lot of businesses have teams in the tournament. The weather is absolutely gorgeous. The proceeds go to the school and the athletic program. Coach McKeivier, all the work he’s done, he did an excellent job.”

McKeivier said he had a lot of help putting this year’s ACCS Booster Club Benefit 4-Person Scramble together.

“I wanted to do something fun for the school and get more people involved with ACCS,” he said. “Coach (Ron) Rushing did this last year. Just carrying on the tradition. We had a good turnout last year and this year. The course is beautiful. Mr. (Marvin) Gray has done an excellent job with the course. It was a blast. It was fun. Everyone I talked with was enjoying themselves. It wasn’t about competition. They were having fun and enjoying the nice weather.”