Brooking hopes to lead Miss. to win

Published 12:13 am Friday, April 8, 2011

NATCHEZ — Duncan Park Golf Course Superintendent Greg Brooking will once again try and help Mississippi bring home the Governor’s Cup May 12-14.

Brooking will take part in the sixth annual Governor’s Cup after missing out on making the team last year. It’s his second time to compete for Mississippi, his first being in 2009.

“It’s a Ryder Cup format, and we play the state of Arkansas,” Brooking said. “Every year it’s played in an alternate state between the two, and I’ve happened to make the team when it was in Arkansas both times.”

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The Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home, Ark., will host this year’s matches. Brooking said the tournament will feature some of the best players from the state that did well in various tournaments.

“You had the mid amateur tournament, the state amateur, the senior amateur, the state four-ball and the Mississippi match play championship,” Brooking said.

“You also have other smaller invitational tournaments, but those don’t offer as many points. I ended up coming second in the state in terms of points.”

And after falling just short, Brooking said he’s gunning for player of the year in the state next year.

“I set that as a goal of mine last year, and I still have it as a goal,” he said. “I work at it every day by practicing.”

But for now, Brooking said he just wants to make sure Mississippi wins the border war with Arkansas.

“I would like us to beat them and bring back the Governor’s Cup,” Brooking said. “We’ll have it for a year and get our team’s name inscribed. The MGA pays for us to go, so it’s always an honor.”