Powell prevails at Harvest Club Open
NATCHEZ — It wasn’t pretty, but somehow Pete Powell got the job done in his first tournament at Duncan Park since moving back to Natchez just a couple of months ago.
With first-round leader Brian Washington fading out of contention and Greg Brooking not having as good of a round as he hoped, Powell did just enough to win the championship flight at the 35th annual Harvest Club Open.
Despite having five bogeys, Powell also had two birdies for a round of 3-over-par 74 Sunday morning for a two-day total of 144 and a one-shot win over David Rosenbaum of Meridian as well as Brooking.
Powell described his win as “one for the old guys.”
“I loved it because they had the pins where you had to think before you putted and before you hit it to the greens,” Powell said. “They set it up to be a very good test of golf. I had three three-putts. I hit it on the wrong side of the hole.”
Rosenbaum, who started the day three shots back of Washington and a tie for fourth place, shot a final-round 73 to end up at 145 — the same two-day score that Brooking had after he fired a disappointing 74 on Sunday.
“It was a pretty solid round, and I made a lot of putts,” Rosenbaum said. “Number 13 hurt me bad. Other than that, it was pretty solid play. I had one bad hole both days, and that’s what cost me.”
Rosenbaum had three birdies and three bogeys to go with a double bogey on 16 that ended his chance at first place.
Brooking described the pin placements on all 18 holes as the hardest ever at Duncan Park.
“That’s what made it so tough. I hit the ball OK. I’m not a good golfer,” Brooking said. “I had five birdies, an out of bounds on 16 for bogey.”
As for Washington, who led the championship flight after a magnificent round of 69 on Saturday, he didn’t exactly play his best golf on Sunday. Whether it was the difficult pin placements or having to play with Powell and Brooking in the same pairing, Washington struggled throughout the day and ended up shooting a 7-over-par 78 and finished with a two-day score of 147.
And several other bogeys that kept him from passing Powell and winning the tournament.
In the first flight, Mario Lamela erased a three-shot deficit by firing an 1-over-par 72 for a two-day total of 151, three shots better than second-place Don Breaux. Breaux, one of this flight’s opening day co-leaders, shot a 78 to finish at 154. Curtis Magee, who also shot a 76 on Saturday, wound up in third place after a final-round 79 for a two-day score of 155.