Paul Guido crowned senior city golf champ

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 20, 2014

NATCHEZ — Paul Guido backed up his sizzling first-round 62 with a solid, bogey-free final round of 4-under-par 67 on Sunday to finish with a two-day total of 13-under-par 129 to win the 2014 Natchez Senior City Golf Championship.

“It sounds good (to be the Senior City Champion),” Guido said. “I get to join the crowd with Greg (Brooking) and Pete (Powell). They’ve won this thing a few times. Now I get to be part of the crowd.”

Guido began the round with a five-shot lead over Brooking in the Senior Men’s (50-59) division and neither Brooking nor anyone else in the field was able to mount a charge and put any pressure on him.

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As for his round, Guido said, “I played good. Can’t complain. Had a lot of fun. The wind was blowing a little harder today. All in all, it wasn’t a big difference. I just tried to stay out of trouble. I tried to get it on the green and make some birdies.”

Dean Brown finished second in the Senior Men’s division after he shot a final-round 67 to finish with a two-day score of 4-under-par 138. As for Brooking, he couldn’t get anything going and wound up with a final-round score of 2-over-par 73 to finish third at 2-under-par 140.

Pete Powell held on to win the Super Senior Men’s (60-69) division despite what he said was not one of his better days on the course. Powell shot 1-under-par 70 to finish with a two-day total of 137.

“It was alright. I got a couple big breaks,” Powell said. “On 3, I hit it off the cart path and it landed on the green. I three-putted for par. On 12, I hit it through the trap and birdied that hole. I didn’t hit the ball particularly well. I didn’t putt particularly well. But everybody in our group struggled today.”

Well, almost everybody in the final group struggled. Guido was the exception to that.

K.G. Watkins almost caught Powell, but his final-round score of 2-under-par 69 was not quite enough as he finished one shot back with a two-day total of 138.

Cornelius Lewis ended up win the Legends Men’s (70+) division after a round of 1-over-par 72 to end up with a two-day total of 155. Lewis finished one shot ahead of George Hude, who shot a 76 to finish at 156.

“I concentrated better today. I took a little more time,” Lewis said. “I hit it good today, putted better. On 18, I birdied from eight feet.”