Duo plays ‘brother-in-law’ golf to win at Beau Pré

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 9, 2009

NATCHEZ — Tony Majoria and Paul Arceneaux took first-place honors in the first flight of the men’s tournament as part of the Mississippi Seniors Golf Tournament at Beau Pré Country Club.

After Majoria, of New Orleans, and Arceneaux, of Baton Rouge, shots six strokes better than their average of 76 on Thursday to take the first-round lead, the south Louisiana duo did even better on Friday with a 69, seven shots below the team’s average, to finish with a two-day total of 13-under-par.

“We played what you call brother-in-law. When one got in trouble, the other guy came through,” Arceneaux said. “We made all our putts to not get a bogey. We pretty much stayed in the fairway.”

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Majoria and Arceneaux had three birdies and no bogeys during the final round and defeated the team of Guy Shumate of Amite, La. and Hank Wallace of Brookhaven by a good three shots.

Shumate and Wallace had another round of 5-under-par 67, five shots below their average of 72, to finish with a two-day total of 10-under-par.

The team of Sonny Branning of Kosciusko and Skip McCright, both of Shreveport, La., had the low gross score of the tournament with a 7-under-par 65.

First and second place in the second flight went to a scorecard playoff. The team of Don Perkins, of Diamondhead, and Floyd Toups, of Baton Rouge, was the winning team in that flight thanks to a birdie on hole No. 2, while the team of Bill Bridwell and Joe Hutto took second place.

“We played against a team that was leading us (Joe Powell and Bob Marshall), but we beat them. But the team behind us tied us. Don is an outstanding golfer,” Toups said.

“I had a secret weapon today — Floyd Toups,” Perkins said. “We had seven birdies and three bogeys. We bogeyed our last two holes (Nos. 13 and 14).”

Perkins and Toups shot a 68, 11 shots under their average of 79, to finish with a two-day total of 19-under-par. Bridwell and Hutto fired a 73, 12 shots below their average of 85, for their two-day total of 19-under-par.

“In the scorecard playoff, we had par-par-par and they had par-birdie-par,” Hutto said. “We putted the ball better. We had five birdies and six bogeys.”

As close as the first and second flights were, the third flight was just the opposite. The team of Paul Upton of Collins and Sam Gore of Houston, Miss., ran away from the competition to finish in first place. Upton and Gore shot a 74 on Friday, an astonishing 16 shots under their average of 90, to finish with a two-day total of 25-under-par.

Second place went to the team of Charles Dunigan and Ted Purtell. They shot a final-round 80, six shots under their average of 86, to finish with a two-day total of 10-under-par.