Farmer takes Beau Pré title

Published 12:08 am Monday, June 21, 2010

NATCHEZ — Only one word could describe Jordan Farmer’s victory in the championship flight at the 2010 Beau Pré Club Championship — redemption.

Farmer, who won this tournament in 2007, saw a golden opportunity to win the tournament last year slip away after two tee shots went left and out of bounds on the par-5 18th hole and lost by three shots to Lloyd Trisler. And it was Trisler who almost gave away the title himself with a pair of double bogeys down the stretch.

But on Father’s Day 2010, Farmer had a solid round of 2-under-par 70 on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon to finish with a two-day total of 146 and a one-shot win over Stephen Hollingsworth and his second Beau Pré Club Championship.

“I hit the ball really good today. My putter really let me down today,” Farmer said. “I had birdie putts on the last three holes from within 10 feet and I didn’t make any of them. Yesterday was a rough day. But it worked out for the best.”

Farmer had birdies on 5, 8 and 12 to go with a bogey on No. 14. And he even admitted that he had the tee shot on 18 from last year on his mind when he was putting for birdie on that same hole.

And oddly enough, the same hole that Trisler double-bogeyed a year ago which allowed Farmer to stay in contention was the one that was the pivotal hole this time around — the par-3 16th hole.

Hollingsworth was at 1-under-par for the round after birdies on 12, 14 and 15 until he hit his tee shot into the water and had to settle for a double-bogey 5 to trail Farmer, who was playing in the group ahead. Hollingsworth had to settle for pars on 17 and 18 to finish with a final-round 1-over-par 73 and a two-day score of 147.

“It was an all-or-nothing day. On 15 my second shot went in the hole and went out. I knocked it in the water on 16 and that was pretty bad,” Hollingsworth said. “Jordan played well and he deserved it. Jordan’s a good guy and a good club champion.”

Trisler, who started the day one shot behind first-round leader Mark Carter, struggled to get anything going on Sunday in a round of 6-over 78. However, Trisler managed to finish third at 150.

There was a nearly 30-minute weather delay that started at 5 p.m. due to lightning from a nearby thunderstorm.

This year there were 36 players participating in the Beau Pré Club Championship.

Jackson Bryant shot a 1-under-par 71 for a two-day total of 148 to win the first flight by one shot over Lee Jones, whose final-round 72 gave him a two-day score of 149.

“Seventy-one is a good round. On 14, I was 3-under and in the fairway. Ended my double bogey there along with doubling 15,” Jackson Bryant said. “I was pretty disappointed to double those two holes, but I birdied 17 and 18. I was happy about that. Overall, I played solid.”

Jones said he couldn’t ask for a better weekend and had hoped to be in contention at the end.

“But that’s how it goes. I played good. Course is in good shape. I had a great group and I had a lot of fun,” Jones said.

Joel Dupre’ won the second flight after firing a final-round 81 to finish at 163. He finished one shot ahead of Chris Kelley (82-82 164) and two shots ahead of Woody Allen (82-83 165).

The third flight turned out to be quite interesting. Bobby Meason, who started the day six shots back of first-round flight leader Carl Rogel, made a strong charge on Sunday and finished with a round of 78 to finish at 175. However, it was not enough as Rogel shot an 81 to finish in first place at 172.

“I didn’t hurt myself. Kept the ball in play. I was able to make a few putts,” Rogel said. “The course is in great shape. (Beau Pré golf pro) Tom (Bryant) did a great job getting it ready.”

As for Meason, who shot a 97 on Saturday, he said the difference in the two rounds was a different set of tees.

“I hit my driver bad both days. You can get away with it from the shorter tees,” Meason said. “I birdied three of the par-3s and 17. (Wife) Frances Meason came out and rode with me.”