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Golf classic goes on despite rain

NATCHEZ — For the second straight year, inclement weather could have played a role at the Joe Fortunato-Allen Brown Golf Classic on Saturday at the Duncan Park Golf Course. But unlike what took place in 2018, that would not be the case this time around.

Despite the less-than-ideal weather and course conditions, 10 of the 17 four-person teams that made up this year’s field shot in the 50s with a scorecard playoff having to determine the winner in the championship flight.

Two teams — the Dr. Anderson team consisting of Jeff Anderson, Larry Davis, Kevin Smith and Tom Bryant as well as the Callon Petroleum team consisting of David Sanguinetti, Al Conn, Charlie Bradley and Cameron Ainsworth — each had rounds of 15-under-par 56 with Dr. Anderson’s team winning the scorecard playoff to finish in first place and the Callon Petroleum team having to settle for second place.

The team of David Cothren, Joe Willis, Mark Carter and Craig Gilbert won the first flight after a solid round of 14-under-par 57, one shot ahead of three teams who had round of 13-under-par 58.

The team of Woody Allen, Brandon Garrity, Jake Middleton, and Adrian Stallone took first place in the second flight with a round of 12-under-par 59 and having to win a scorecard playoff over the Specialty Services team of Daniel Guedon, Blake Smith, Ty Powell, and Josh Strickland.

First place in the third flight went to the all-female team of Linda Gardner, Mia Taylor, Rose Smith and Cathy Graning after a round of 7-under-par 64.

Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms were heading toward Natchez from the south about an hour before the morning groups were to start at 8 a.m.. Yet somehow, the lightning that was associated with the storms diminished and the rain was not as heavy as it was before it got to the river city resulting in play continuing.

Another batch of rain came across the Mississippi River from the west later in the morning, but even that wasn’t enough to force a weather delay.

Last year, rough weather forced the cancellations of the morning groups and they had to play with the afternoon groups.

Wes Foster and Kurt Russ participated in the No. 2 shootout, which was a chance at a hole-in-one from 176 yards and an opportunity to win a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD valued at $40,000. Unfortunately, both of them failed to ace the hole.

There was not a hole-in-one on the par-3 9th hole in which a 2019 GMC Terrain valued at $30,000 was at stake.

All proceeds from this tournament go to the Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.