Chamber hosts tournament
NATCHEZ — Dr. Jeff Anderson has been playing in the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament since he moved to Natchez eight years ago.
But even though Anderson has won the event several times before, there was something different about the 18th annual tournament at Duncan Park Friday.
“I play Duncan Park a lot, and this is the fastest it’s ever been” Anderson said.
“The course is in great shape. (Duncan Park Golf Course Superintendent) Greg (Brooking) and the Duncan Park crew do an excellent job.”
Anderson’s team shot a 45 — 26-under par — to nab first place at the tournament. The B&K Bank team came in second shooting 52 and the Sandbar team came in third shooting 53.
Anderson’s team consisted of himself, Casey Hamm, Tom Matthews and Keith Rayborn. He said the tournament’s hole scramble format allowed his team to perform well.
“We had a lot of fun shooting that low. I’ve won four or five times before, and the last time I won was in 2009, so I was looking forward to winning against,” Anderson said.
It was the first year for the tournament to be hosted by Duncan Park, and Brooking said all the feedback he got about the course was positive.
“Everyone said the course is in great shape,” Brooking said. “They all enjoyed playing it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone shooting a 45, so it must’ve been playing pretty good.”
For the first time, the tournament also included round robin mixed-up doubles tennis. Mary Ruth Caldwell came in first in the women’s division, and Joe Garrity finished first in the men’s division. Tony Byrne and Tate Hobdy came in second in men’s.
Katie Freiberger came in second in the women’s, and she said she enjoyed seeing people of different levels play each other.
“It’s social tennis, where you have different partners at different times,” Freiberger said. “I got to play with Brent Bourland, and he helped me get my points up.”
Tennis at Duncan Park is nothing new for her, Freiberger said, since she’s been playing since approximately age 5.
“I moved to New Orleans for a little while, and one of the fun things about moving back is getting to play tennis here,” she said.
“This is my home court, and Natchez has always had a great tennis program. (Duncan Park Tennis Director) Henry Harris has done a wonderful job. He always has clinics for people of all levels and always has the kids out here.”
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office put on a ball drop from one of their helicopters after golf and tennis was over. The Natchez Democrat won the grand prize of $1,000.