Lamela hold on to lead to win at Harvest

Published 12:07 am Monday, April 7, 2008

NATCHEZ — It was a good thing Marlo Lamela had a big lead going into Sunday’s final round of the 2008 Harvest Club Open at the Duncan Park Golf Course.

Lamela struggled with his putting and wound up with a 3-over-par 74 to finish with a two-day score of 141, but that was still good enough for an eight-shot win over Robert Frazier in the championship flight.

Lamela dedicated this win to his mother Irma, who passed away when he was 5 years old.

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“I put her name on my golf ball,” he said. He also got plenty of inspiration from his brother and his girlfriend, who were watching him play over the weekend.

“I didn’t play as well today as I did (Saturday),” Lamela said. “I hit 13 out of 18 greens, which isn’t bad. I didn’t make my birdies.”

On two separate holes, his ball was buried in the bunker and that led to a double bogey on one hole and a bogey on another. Despite those woes, he played well enough to win this event for the second straight year.

Lamela, who attends Alcorn State University and is a member of the school’s golf team, said he uses golf as an outlet, “a way to get away from the pressure of school.”

“It’s a way for me to relax. I came out here to have fun,” Lamela said.

Frazier had the low round of the championship flight with a 1-over-par 72 for a two-day score of 149.

“Today was like the third day I played the course,” Frazier said. “I knew the hole layouts. If you go to a course, you know where to hit certain shots. I probably hit the ball a little better. You’ve got to take some chances.”

Greg Brooking, who went into the final round in second place, shot a disappointing 77 to finish third at 151 and Herbert Chaffold wound up in fourth place after he shot a 77 to finish at 152.

Thurman Glass of Memphis, Tenn., a former back-to-back champion in this tournament, fired an even-par 71 to win the first flight with a two-day score of 149.

Sybil Rivers rallied to overtake first-round leader Tommie Gilbert in the ladies flight by shooting a final-round 88 to finish at 181.