Ham, Farmer take win at Beau Pré

Published 12:14 am Monday, October 31, 2011

NATCHEZ — John Davis and Bill Land of Lafayette, La., had the round of the day in Sunday’s final round of the 2011 Beau Pré Fall 4-Ball at Beau Pré Country Club.

But it wasn’t quite enough to take over the Natchez duo and championship flight first-round leading team of Casey Ham and Jordan Farmer.

Farmer made a 12-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 18th hole that gave him and Ham a final-round 4-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 135 and a one-shot victory. After the round was over, Farmer said he didn’t realize that he was putting for the championship.

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“I ran my eagle putt by about 12 feet. The greens are so fast. I didn’t like the way my first putt went, but Casey made a par, so it enabled me to be aggressive on my birdie putt. It was just hit a good putt, and it went in,” Farmer said.

The winning team made the turn at 4-under-par for the day and then birdied No. 11 to get to 5-under-par. But just when it seemed the title was a foregone conclusion, Farmer and Ham saw their bogey-free streak for the weekend come to an end on the par-3 13th hole – the same hole in which Land almost made a hole-in-one earlier in the afternoon.

Then Ham and Farmer proceeded to bogey No. 14 to fall back to 3-under on the day. Neither member of the that team didn’t make a single birdie until Farmer’s clutch putt on 18 to escape with first play by itself.

“We didn’t make many putts today. We left some out there,” Ham said. “We didn’t make as many putts as we did (Saturday).”

“We’ve been trying to lag all evening. Every time we tried to lag, it went right on by the hole. Just couldn’t leave anything short,” Farmer said. “We had a lot of good looks for birdie. We missed a lot of putts, but we made enough to get it done on the weekend. It was a great tournament. Course is really good shape.”

The team of Davis and Land came out of nowhere on Sunday. They went into the final round in a tie for last place after a first-round 72. And after a bogey on No. 9 left them at 2-under for the day and the tournament, it appeared like they weren’t going to make any noise.

But then an eagle on the par-5 10th hole turned things around. Add to that four birdies and Davis and Land came in at 6-under-par 30 to finish at 8-under 64 for the day and a two-day total of 136. But that one mistake cost them a chance for first place.

“Few more putts went in. We made no putts (Saturday). That’s why we shot even par. It was a Bill Land day,” Davis said.

The Davis-Land team made birdies on 1, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17 and 18 to go with its bogey on 9 and eagle on 10.

The team of Joe Myhand of Carencro, La. and Glenn Allen of Rockwall, Texas finished third after a second straight round of 69 to finish at 138.

Dustin Harris and Travis Herbert, both from Lafayette, won the first flight. The team shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 for a two-day total of 142.

“Played good in spots. Struggled down the stretch. Two three-putts (one on 16, the other on 18) for bogey to shoot 3-under,” Harris said. “It (the round) wasn’t bad. Had five birdies. Travis had a birdie and some key pars. Flawless round besides two holes. Course is in great shape. The greens were really fast. Pins were in some good spots and tough locations. All in all, a great tournament and we’ll be back next year.”

Two teams finished tie for second in the first flight. Craig Bradford and Keith Rayborn of Natchez and Eddie Meche and Chris Kremiller of Lafayette each shot a final-round 72 to finish at 145.

Kremiller had a unique way of putting his and Meche’s final round in perspective: “It was boring, man. Par, par, par. The course in great shape.”

Meche added, “Couldn’t get any birdies to fall. On 11, 12 and 13, we had 7- and 8-foot birdie putts. Didn’t even hit the hole. It was tough today. Tee to green was nice. Once you got on the green, it got a little stressful trying to read them. The greens were very fast. We had one birdie and one bogey.”

“Lot less windy than yesterday,” Rayborn said. “We made a few birdies. But we kept killing ourselves with bogeys. Dee Barron has this course in championship form. Shot even on the front and even on the back. We had four birdies and four bogeys.”

One team that surprisingly struggled on the weekend was the team of Tom Matthews and Pete Powell. That team had rounds of 74 and 73 to finish at 147.

“Pete played good today. He just had no help. I made no birdies at all,” Matthews said. “Golf course is playing real well. It was playing super, super fast. But we’ll try it again next year.”

Ricky Veron and Kenny Savage of Lafayette took first place in the second flight after a final-round 72 to finish at 147.

“My partner played real good. I played real bad,” Veron said. “But I made a couple of birdies. The greens were so tough and fast, we’re not used to it. (Kenny) played real good today.”

Bill Lambert and Bill Colvin fired a final-round 76 to win the third flight with a two-day total of 157.