Majoria, Arceneaux lead in senior tourney

Published 12:28 am Friday, May 8, 2009

NATCHEZ — Hank Wallace and Guy Shumate had the lowest score in the first round of the men’s tournament at the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association Tournament, but they did not end up as the leading team.

Tony Majoria and Paul Arceneaux shot a 2-under-par 70 Thursday at Beau Pré Country Club, but they are the team to beat in the first flight at 6-under-par. That’s because their round was six shots better than the 76 that they usually have in a round.

However, Wallace and Shumate are not far behind. They shot a 5-under-par 67, five shots better than the 72 they usually have and are just one shot back of the leaders. The duo, who are members at Fernwood Country Club in Pike County, had six birdies and just one bogey on their scorecard.

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“We did good. We missed some six- and seven-foot birdie putts we could’ve made,” said Wallace, who is from Brookhaven. “We had one hiccup. We had one bogey on a par-3 (No. 13). Other than that, we played steady golf. The course is good. It’s a good layout and fits our game pretty good.”

Jerry Alford and Guy McGarity are at 4-under-par after shooting a 71, four shots better than their average score of 75.

Bill Bridwell, president of the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association, said he was more than pleased with the turnout at Beau Pré for this event.

“We had more than we had the last two tournaments. I think the warm weather helped us out,” Bridwell said. “We’ve got some teams shooting some pretty good scores and some teams are shooting about average.”

Bridwell and Joe Hutto are in third place in the second flight at 7-under-par after firing a 78, seven shots below their average of 85. Joe Powell and Bob Marshall are in first place at 9-under-par after shooting a 76, nine shots below their average score of 85. In second place is the team of Don Perkins and Floyd Toups at 8-under-par. Perkins and Toups shot a 1-under-par 71, eight shots below their average of 79.

Paul Upton and Sam Gore have a commanding five-shot lead in the third flight at 9-under-par. Their round of 81 was nine shots under their average of 90. Charles Dunigan and Ted Purtrell are second at 4-under after shooting an 82, four shots below their average of 86.

The final round of the men’s tournament will take place today at Beau Pré with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

In the ladies tournament, Marion Gore finished in first place at 7-under-par after shooting a round of 112, seven shots under her average of 119. Faye Upton came in second place at 5-under-par after shooting a 106, five shots below her average of 111. Wanda Hutto of Waynesboro had the low gross score of 93.