MGA News in 2012

November 11, 2012 - Old Waverly Wins 2012 John Bryan Cup for Eighth Win in 12 Tries

West Point- After taking the opening round lead by one stroke, Old Waverly continued its dominance into round two and came away from Old Waverly Golf Course with its eighth John Bryan Cup victory in 12 appearances.

With its two-day low scoring performance, Old Waverly tallied a 297-303-600 to take the win by five strokes over Fulton Country Club. Fulton finished the event with a total tournament score of 298-207-605. Coming in third place with a total score of 316-308-624 was the Reunion Country Club A Team. Reunion has made it a habit to send multiple teams to the Bryan Cup. Tupelo Country Club finished in fourth place with a tournament total of 311-319-630 to solidify another top four finish in a Bryan Cup playing. Coming in fifth place was Ponotoc Country Club, who finished the event with a total score of 334-328-662. Booneville Country Club shot 328-340-668 to finish in sixth place for the event, edging out the 338-331-669 score of seventh place finishers, Reunion Country Club B Team. Greenwood Country Club rounded out the eight teams with a total score of 339-342-681.

We hope all of our teams had a great time at the 2012 Bryan Cup, and want to thank the staff and course administration at Old Waverly Golf Club for putting on yet another successful playing of the John Bryan Cup.

The final standings can be found here.


November 10, 2012 - Waverly Leads '12 John Bryan Cup after Round One

West Point- From low scores to all-around great team totals, the opening round had a lot of exciting golf to show, with Old Waverly taking the day one lead.

Chad Ramey's 67 gave Fulton Country Club the early lead in the first round of the John Bryan Cup Team Championship. In addition to Ramey's 5 under par, Rickey Riley's 71 gave Fulton a team score of 10 over par 298. Fulton's Victor Suggs and Ken Hogue came in with a pair of 80s.  Defending champions, Old Waverly Golf Club, came in one stroke better at 297 with Clay Homan, leading their team with a 70. Rounding out Waverly's team was Wilkes Bryan(75), Barrett Edens(76), Alex Rowland(76), and Richard Reed(78). 2011 runner up team, Tupelo CC is in third place alone at 311. Representing Tupelo are David Griffin(74), Vince Hodges(76), Wilson Reeder(77), Steve Johnson( 84), and Wayne Williams(91).The John Bryan Cup is a club team competition. Each MGA member club is invited to send a team of 5 players to reprsent their club. The team score is the best 4 scores each day. The final round beigns at 9:00 am on Sunday. Complete results and pairings are available on this link.


October 28, 2012 - Amateurs Win MS Cup Matches 17-7

Greenville- The annual matches between the top amateurs and the top Mississippi PGA players were played at Greenville Country Club October 27-28, 2012. Four-ball and foursome matches were played on Saturday In blustery, cold conditions.

Cart covers and heaters were a premium in the morning matches. The amateurs took an early lead winning 5 of the 6 four-ball points. The teams switched up partners for the afternoon foursome matches. The afternoon matches started out pretty close, but the amateurs came out on top winning 4 points.

The Amateurs went into the singles matches on Sunday with a comfortable lead of 9-3, needing 3 1/2 Points to win the cup back. In 2011, the MPGA came out strong in the singles matches winning 8 points to beat the amateurs and take back ownership of the cup. 2011 was the first since 2006 that the MPGA won the cup. MGA captain, Greg Gough, was hoping his singles pairings would secure 3.5 points early to clinch the cup. The amateurs won 8 of the 12 points on Sunday to bring "The Cup" Back to the amateur team. The annual matches are about bragging rights and friendly competition. Lows in the high 30s made for a cold start each day. The blustery northern winds made a challenging day on the course. A special thanks to Steven Driggers and the members of Greenville Country Club for hosting the matches.


October 27, 2012 - Amateurs Lead the MS Cup Matches 9-3

Greenville- The amateurs take an early lead in the Mississippi Cup Matches versus the MPGA at Greenville Country Club. The morning four-ball matches had a cool start with winds gusting to 15 mph and the temps were in the low 40s. The amateurs won five out of the possible six points in the four-ball matches. The amateurs won 4 of the 6 points in the foursome matches this afternoon. Singles matches will have cool and crisp Sunday morning.


October 11, 2012 - Homan, Pannell Earn Player of the Year Awards

Another MGA Season has seen its share of ups and downs across the board from its hundreds off participants, but the consistent and often dominant play of two MGA Players earned them the titles of 2012 Player and Senior Player of the Year.

Mississippi State Head Golf Coach Clay Homan came out strong in the beginning of 2012 and finished the same, totalling 502.500 points to finish on top of the 2012 MGA Points Standing and claim the 2012 Player of the Year Award. Homan took home first place in the 2012 State and Mid Amateurs, while finishing 5th in the Old Waverly Invitational, his lowest finish of the year.

The 2012 Senior Player of the Year was awarded to Greenwood's Robert Pannell, who ran away in the points standings with a total of 1050.833 to the nearest competitor's 908.333. Pannell tied for 1st at the 2012 State Amateur, and finished first at the PGA Trustmark Invitational and the Grenada Invitational. Pannell finished in a tie for second at the Senior Amateur, while claiming second at the Old Waverly Invitational and the Greenwood Invitational. He also finished in a tie for third place at the Greenville Invitational, and a tie for fifth place in the Mid Amateur. Pannell did not finish outside of the top 5 in any event in 2012.

Congratulations to Clay and Robert for earning the honor of being named 2012 Player and Senior Player of the Year. Good luck in 2013!

Here are the final points standings: Overall and Senior


September 5, 2012-Homan, Brescher and Rowland to Represent MS in USGA State Team Championship

Galloway, NJ- The USGA Men's State Team Championship is being held September 19-21 at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, NJ. Representing Mississippi will be Clay Homan, Eddie Brescher, III and Alex Rowland. Clay Homan of Starkville has had a tremendous season this year as our MGA Player of the Year, State Amateur Champion, and Mid Amateur Champion. Eddie Brescher, III of Jackson will also be representing Mississippi with six top 10 performances, including a third place finish in the State Amateur Championship. Brescher is also our runner up to Homan in the MGA PLayer of Year points standings. The third member of the team that will be making the trip to New Jersey is Alex Rowland. Rowland is fresh off of his collegiate career playing on the MSU men's golf team in 2012. Rowland had a busy summer competing in numerous amateur tournaments including qualifying for the Southern Amateur along with Clay Homan and Eddie Brescher. Rowland finished third in the Trustmark Invitational at Tupleo CC. We wish all three members the best of luck and are sure that they will represent Mississippi well at this year's USGA Men's State Team Championship. For the latest updates and results go to www.usga.org.


August 26, 2012 - Willis Holds On for Win at Senior Amateur, Pharr and Watkins Win Their Divisions

Natchez- Blue skies and clear weather finally showed up for the final round of the 2012 Senior Amateur Championship, where Robert Willis showed up again to post a 1-under 71 and take home the Championship Trophy. Willis began the day with a five stroke lead over the nearest competitors, and never relinquished that lead in the third round. A double bogey on the 7th hole might have sent Willis in the wrong direction, but a birdie on the 8th kept him on track. He turned to the back nine at 1-over for the day, but went low on the back, carding a 37-34 to finish at 1-under 71 for the day. The third-straight under-par round pushed Willis to -5 for the tournament and a seven stroke win. Willis totaled 12 birdies and 36 pars overall to card a nearly flawless tournament. Following Willis in the Senior Championship Flight were three players who tied for second. Robert Pannell fired a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish at 2-over 73-74-71-118. Ricky Sims and Greg Brooking matched their scores for the third straight day and finished the tournament at 2-over 73-72-73-118.

In the Senior First Flight, Mario Alfonso took first place with a three-day total of 82-76-75-233. Paul Hunt and Andrew Abide tied for second with tournament totals of 236. In the Senior Second Flight, David Griffin won by three strokes with a total of 86-82-79-247. PZ Brewer came in second at 250, and Pay Peay tied Randy Dilley for third at 251 for the tournament.

The Super Senior Championship Flight was won by Mike Pharr, who finished the three-day event at 1-over 71-72-71-217. Pharr played masterfully in the final round to jump ahead of Ken Hogue for the Super Senior Trophy. Hogue finished second with a total score of 71-73-75-219, and Don Davis came in third with a score of 72-71-77-220. Pharr, Hogue and Davis looked to be headed for a Championship Playoff, but Pharr pulled away in the end for first place.

In the Super Senior First Flight, Mike Thompson came in first place with a three-day total of 78-85-74-237. Mike Kelly finished second at 240, while William Damare and Donny Castle tied for third with total scores of 241.

In the Grand Masters Division, Cecil Watkins took home the Championship Trophy. Watkins never let go of his day one lead and finished off his competitors with a three-round score of 73-76-79-228, giving him a four stroke win. Bill Lambert finished second in the Grand Masters Division with a three day total score of 78-77-77-232, and Jim Dukes finished at 79-79-77-235 to take home the third place finish.

We want to thank the staff at Beau Pre' Country Club and the Senior Amateur Participants for doing their part to make this a great event.

All final scores can be found here.


August 25, 2012 - Willis Goes Low to Increase Lead at Senior Amateur

Natchez- The second round of the 2012 Senior Amateur has come and gone, and this years competition looks to be headed for an exciting finish. Robert Willis stole the show on day two, carding a 3-under 69 to move to -4 for the tournament and increase his lead to five strokes.

Willis didn't need anyone to tell him the ground was soft after yesterday's rain. He made quick use of the receptive greens and scored low. He began the day with a bogey, but put the opening hole result behind him to explode for three birdies and the tournament low round of 69. The 3-under round pushed him to -4 overall and five strokes ahead of the nearest competitors in the Senior Division. Greg Brooking and Ricky Sims both played a solid even par rounds of 72 to sit in a tie for second place, keeping themselves within reach going into the final round.

In the Super Senior Division, Don Davis took over the lead with his round two score of 1-under 71. Davis finished with four birdies to three bogeys and followed his opening even par round masterfully. Davis' two round score of 72-71-143 puts him alone in first place and one stroke ahead of day one leader Ken Hogue. Hogue finished the second round with a score of 1-over 73, putting him at even par 71-73-144 for the tournament. Mike Pharr sits alone in third place with a two-day score of 74-72-146.

In the Grand Masters Division, Cecil Watkins maintained his lead with a day two score of 4-over 76 and a tournament total of 73-76-149. Watkins turned to the second nine at five over for the day, but shot one under on the back to finish the day at four over. Watkins holds a three stroke lead over Joe Ruck, who fired 77 on day two to put him at 75-77-152 for the tournament. Bill Lambert finishes out the top three in the Grand Masters Division with a two day total of 78-76-154.

All tournament scores and final round pairings can be found here.


August 24, 2012 - Willis, Hogue, Watkins Lead Respective Divisions After Opening Round of Senior Amateur

Natchez- The 2012 Senior Amateur got underway Friday at Beau Pre' Country Club in Natchez, and the first round was full of exciting play. Robert Willis put up a 1-under 71 to take the lead in the Senior Division. Ken Hogue also posted 1-under 71 to lead the Super Senior Division, and Cecil Watkins fired a 1-over 73 to sit atop the Grand Masters Division.

With the possibility of threatening weather looming over the course early on, all 75 players in the Senior Amateur field looked to score low early in the event of a disruptive weather delay. Inevitably, the storm clouds rolled in a let out a soaking downpour, delaying play for a short period. Fortunately for Willis and Watkins, the round one leaders in the Senior and Grand Masters Divisions, respectively, they were able to close out their rounds before play was delayed. Super Senior Division leader Ken Hogue was forced to retreat from the course, and potentially lose the fire in his swing as delays often cause. All three players, despite windy conditions during the round and the delay for Hogue, played masterfully and finished the day with division leads.

In the Senior Division, Willis led the way with an opening round score of 35-36-71. He carded four birdies and three bogeys to finish one under. Sitting one stroke behind and alone in second place is Charlie Keeton, who carded a 37-35-72 even round. The third place spot in the Senior Division is packed after the opening round, as Bill Byrne, Chuck Fields, Greg Brooking, Ricky Sims and Robert Pannell all sit tied with scores of 1-over 73.

In the Super Senior Division, Hogue leads the division with his 35-36- 71. Hogue also totaled four birdies and three bogeys to finish at one under. Don Davis and Sonny Branning close out the top three of the Super Senior Division after both players fired 35-37-72 for an even par finish. Davis and Branning combined for seven birdies on the day.

The Grand Masters Division is led by Watkins, who finished the opening round with a 37-36-73. Watkins currently holds a two stroke lead over second place Joe Ruck, who fired 38-37-75 for the day. Bill Lambert sits alone in third place through one round as he carded 37-41-78 for the day. For all opening round scores and round two pairings, visit this link.


August 12, 2012 - Pippin Birdies First Sudden Death Playoff Hole for the Win at Coast Open

Biloxi (Grand Bear GC)- With the final round of the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Coast Open taking place at Grand Bear Golf Course, players were excited to take their games to the advantageous playing conditions the Bear had to offer. With ten scores in the 60's and over 160 birdies for the day, Lane Pippin's birdie on the first playoff hole proved to be the most important red figure of the day. Pippin began the final round with a two stroke lead over Kyle Ramey and a four stroke lead over Chad Ginn, but found himself neck-and-neck with Ginn at the turn on Sunday. Pippin turned at 2-under 34 to put him at -10 for the tournament, while Ginn turned at an amazing 6-under 30 to put himself in a tie atop the leaderboard. Both players went back and forth through the back nine and stepped onto the 18th tee tied at -11 for the tournament. Pippin found the fairway on 18 while Ginn missed just right. Both players faced par putts on the final green, and both converted without a problem. Through 54 holes, Lane Pippin and Chad Ginn were not finished yet, and took their games to the first hole for a sudden death playoff. With both players sitting on the playoff hole in regulation, Ginn sent his 18-foot birdie putt just left of the cup. Pippin looked at his eight footer for birdie and the win, and calmly stroked it into the hole. He claimed yet another Coast Open Championship in his young career, and plans to return for more. 

Pippin's playoff win gave him the Overall Championship and the Amateur Championship Flight. Following Pippen in the Amateur standings were Robby Shelton (75-68-65-208) for second place, and Thomas Watkins (75-70-68-213) for third. In the Professional Division, Chad Ginn took home first place with his 11-under 74-66-65-205. Ginn and Shelton tied for the low round of the day with 7-under 65. Kevin Jones (73-68-66-207) finished second in the Professional Division, while Kyle Ramey (68-70-72-210) finished third. In the Amateur First Flight, Jeffrey Anderson shot a final round 1-over par to finish 75-81-73-229 for the win. Duong Jonz Nguyen finished three strokes behind with his final score of 74-82-76-232, and Ian McAdams took home the third place finish with his three-round score of 81-74-78-233. In the Amateur Second Flight, Brenton Field finished the tournament at 81-85-78-244 for the top finish. Marcelo Eduardo finished one stroke behind of Field with his total score of 80-85-80-245. Rory Nelson rounded out the top three with a three-round total score of 79-87-82-248.

Greg Brooking played another solid round to take home the Senior Division Champion's trophy. His three round total of 73-74-73-221 kept him in first place throughout the event, but he had to play strong through the final round to hold off his fellow competitors. Making a surge again in the final round was John Harmon, who finished 76-73-73-222 alone in second place and one stroke short of Brooking. Robert Smith carded a final round 72 for the low round of the day in the Senior Division. Smith's final tally of 77-76-72-225 bumped him into third place for the tournament. In the Senior Second Flight, John Clark took the win after a scorecard playoff with Jim Smith. Clark's back-nine score of 38 beat Smith's 39, putting him at 82-80-83-245 for the tournament. Smith finished at 83-86-76-245 for second place following the scorecard playoff. Dave Stritzel rounded out the top three of the Senior Division Second Flight with his final score of 88-84-80-252.

All final scores can be found at this link.


August 11, 2012 - Pippin Maintains Lead Through Two Rounds at Coast Open

Pass Christian (The Oaks GC)- As play went into day two at The Oaks Golf Club, rainy conditions again caused trouble, delaying the start of the second round an hour and fifteen minutes. Players were prohibited from utilizing the practice facilities during the delay, but round one leader Lane Pippin stayed loose to card a second round 3-under 69.

The two round total of 67-69-136 puts Pippin two shots ahead of Kyle Ramey (68-70-138) in the Open Overall Division and seven shots clear of Patrick Gaddy (69-74-143) and Robby Shelton (75-68-143) in the Open Amateur Division. Pippin continued to keep the bogeys to a minimum with only one for the day and three for the tournament. He is also making a point to find the red figures, as he has the most birdies (11) of any other player in the event. Making a surge in the second round was Chad Ginn, who carded the low round of the day with his 6-under 66. Ginn finished the day with six birdies and zero bogeys to put him at 74-66-140 and alone in third place. Sixteen-year-old Robby Shelton turned things around after day one and posted several red figures of his own, carding a round two 4-under 68 and pulling within seven shots of the leader.

In the Senior Division, Greg Brooking again stole the show with a 1-over 73. His two-round score of 74-73-147 keeps his lead at two going into the final round. Sitting alone in second in the Senior Division for the second straight day is John Harmon, who now sits at 76-73-149 for the tournament. Joey Landrum rounds out the top three in the Senior Division with a two-day total of 77-75-152.

Visit this link to see all tournament scores and final round pairings.


August 10, 2012 - Pippin Leads the Way After Opening Round of Coast Open

Gulfport (Windance CC)- On a day where sloppy conditions turned many players games upside-down, Lane Pippin found a way to work the soft greens and fairways in his favor. With seven birdies for the day, Pippin took the opening round lead with a 5-under 67. Pippin's 33-34-67 leads the Open Overall Division and the Open Amateur Division. The Open Division is split into a Professional Division and an Amateur Division. With the exception of two bogey's, Pippin played nearly flawlessly and plans to keep his game rolling on day two. While Pippin posted the low round of the day, he has a trail of players right on his tail. Leading the Open Professional Division and sitting alone in second place in the Overall Open Division is Kyle Ramey, who posted an opening round score of 4-under 68. Patrick Gaddy and Brandon Laird currently sit in a tie for third place overall after tallying scores of 69.

In the Senior Division, Greg Brooking holds the opening round lead after posting a 2-over 74 for the day. John Harmon sits alone in second after firing 4-over 76. Finishing out the top three in the Senior Division is a four-way tie between Joey Landrum, Steve Boswell, Cecil Watkins and Robert Smith with opening round scores of 5-over 77.

All first round scores and second round pairings can be found at this link.


August 6, 2012 - Humphries and Mays head for the US Mid Amateur Championship

Jackson- Difficult conditions proved to be a challenge for the field of 28 players at the US Mid Amateur Qualifier at the Country Club of Jackson. Low round medalist, Shane Humphries of Brandon pulled it together and shot two-under on the back nine putting him at even par, 72. Humphries, one of the first out in the morning, kept a steady eye on the leaderboard to see if anyone would edge past him.

Corey Mays of Brandon came close after posting a 73 to take the second qualifying spot. Erin McDonald of Memphis posted a 74 as the first alternate. A playoff was held for the second alternate between two players at 75, Jonathan Wilson won out over Paul Loyacono after a birdie on the first hole. Humphries and Mays will represent Mississippi at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL on September 8-13. The Mississippi Golf Association wishes these two Mississippi amateurs the best in the upcoming national event.

Thank you to Superintendant, Stanley Reedy, and Head Golf Professional, Jason Prendergast, for their dedication to the game and assistance in preparing the course. The club is always enjoyable for the field and continues to be a good test for our talented amateurs.

For complete results please click here.


August 5, 2012 - Amis Wins in Playoff to become the 2012 Grenada Invitational Champion

Grenada- After two delays in play because of threatening weather the sun finally came through along with stifling humidity for the final round of the 2012 Grenada Invitational. Overnight leader Jay Amis of Batesville played consistently on the front nine carding an even par 36; the back nine became a close contest between Amis and playing partner Jonathan Wilson of Potts Camp with Wilson carding three under on the back nine with a birdie on the last to force a playoff with Amis for the championship flight. The two were tied with a two day total of three under par 139; Amis 67-72 and Wilson 70-69. Amis became the 2012 Grenada Invitational Champion winning on the first playoff hole, congratulations Jay.    

The first flight was a close affair with Miles Respess of Paragould finishing on top with a great even par 71 today for a 76-71-147. In second place two shots back was Boyd Massey of Grenada 77-72-149 and in third was Walker Barrett of Jackson 75-75-150.

Second flight was won by Kevin Bement of Grenada after a good second round one over 72 for a total of 82-72-154. Finishing in a tie for second with a two day total of 159 were Blake Upchurch of Memphis and James Manning of Canton.

Third Flight was won by Wayne Blaylock of Winona with a two day 85-80-165 and four shots clear of second place Reid Walker of Grenada with 85-84-169. Closing out in third place was Al Walton of Grenada with 88-83-171.

Fourth flight was won by local Ward Brister with a two day total of 90-86-176, in second place was Noah Owensby of Grenada with 91-88-179 and in third was Al Perry also of Grenada with 93-89-182.

Thank you to Perry Creek Golf and Racquet Club staff, Robert Willis and everyone that helped put on a great tournament. Click here to view the final results.


August 5, 2012 - Play Again Resumed at Grenada Invitational

Grenada - Play was resumed at 11:37 a.m. after a 30 minute weather delay. All afternoon tee times will remain the same. Please refer to www.missgolf.org for more weather updates.


August 5, 2012- Play Again Suspended After Lightning Strikes Again at Grenada Invitational

Grenada - Play has again be suspended as lightning strikes were spotted in the area. Updates will be posted on www.missgolf.org.


August 5, 2012 - Play Resumed at 2012 Grenada Invitational

Grenada - Play was resumed at 11:00 a.m. after a 1 hour 5 minute weather delay. All afternoon tee times will remain the same. Please refer to www.missgolf.org for more weather updates.


August 5, 2012 - Play Suspended at Grenada Invitational Due to Threatening Weather

Grenada - With weather radars flashing red across the southeast and lightning strikes across the area, the final round of the Grenada Invitational was suspended at 9:55 a.m. and will remain delayed until further notice. Please be cautious while traveling to the course and keep an eye on the weather radars. Please refer to www.missgolf.org for updates pertaining to the resumption of play.


August 4, 2012 - Amis Takes Control After Opening Round of 2012 Grenada Invitational

Grenada – Sunny skies brightened the day for the opening round of great scores and masterful shots at the 2012 Grenada Invitational, with Jay Amis owning the day one lead.

Firing 33-34-67, Amis took control of the opening round with a nearly flawless round of golf. He totaled five birdies to one bogey and maintained a steady game to card his 4-under score. While Amis fired the low round of the day, Vince Hodges and Robert Willis sit only two strokes back after scoring 37-32-69 and 36-33-69, respectively. Jonathan Wilson was the only other player to score under par with his 35-35-70. Amis, Hodges, Willis and Wilson make up the final pairing in the Championship Flight and will tee it up at 1:40 on Sunday. The remaining twelve players in the Championship Flight are all within eight strokes of the leader.

Lee Bond (75), Walker Barrett (75), Bill Hood (75), and Blake Powell (76) make up the final pairing of the First Flight. Andrew Leclair (79), Tre Kent (79), James Manning (80) and Brian Martin (81) will close out the morning groups as the final pairing in the Second Flight. The final pairing of the Third Flight will be made up of Wayne Blaylock (85), Landon Taylor (85), Reid Walker (85) and Alvin Perry (86). Closing out the Fourth Flight will be Ward Brister, Noah Owensby, Nick Serio and Al Perry.

All round one scores and final round pairings can be found at this link.


August 2, 2012 - Robbie Webb, Junior Golf Enthusiast Passes from this Life

Canton- Longtime golf enthusiast Robbie Webb, passed from this life this morning in the comfort of his home. Mr. Webb speant many good years at The Country Club of Canton, where he was the Head Golf Professional. Many golfers of today attribute their talent and love of the game to Robbie Webb. He was certainly a Godfather of the game for junior golfers across the state of Mississippi.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that gifts be made to Mississippi Junior Golf. These may be sent to the offices of the Mississippi Golf Association at 400 Clubhouse Drive Jackson, MS 39208. Arrangements for the Funeral Service are being made at Breeland Funeral Home.

Breeland Funeral Home
3304 S. Liberty St.
Canton, MS 39046
(601) 859-3661

Please click here to be directed to the Breeland Funeral Home

Please click here to view Mr. Robert Webb's Obituary


July 15, 2012 - Chanat Sakulpolphaisan Holds On To Win As Rain Ends Greenwoood Invitational Early

Greenwood- After the second round of the 65th Greenwood Invitational which resumed this morning, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan sat atop the leaderboard with a two day score of 66-68-134 three shots clear of second place Michael Naaman, 65-72-137.

Flights four through nine were able to complete a nine hole stipulated third round, while the top flights had their rounds cut short due to relentless thunderstorms. The championship, first, second and third flight winners were determined by the 36 hole scores. Flights four through nine winners were determing by 45 hole scores.

Sakulpolphaisan started the second round one stroke back from Michael Naaman after shooting a solid first round six under 66, and kept his first round jets burning to card the low round of the second day a four under 68 and take the lead by three strokes going into the final round. He was able to hold onto that lead as the second half of the third round was rained out. Congratulations to Chanat on becoming the 2012 Greenwood Invitational Champion.
First flight was won by Vince Hodges with 72-74 one shot clear of Brother Sandifer and Walker Swaney. The Second flight had three tied for first, Noah West, Drew Peeler and Brent Thomas with a two day total of 152. The third flight was also tight at the top with three tieing for first, Jack Combest, Holt Lowe and James Trammell with a two day total of 156.
Fourth flight was won by Charles Wright with 83-78-39, one shot clear of second place Derek Denman and Jay Hassleman. The fifth flight was won by Paul Hunt with 81-83-36, one shot clear of William Buckley. Sixth flight was won by David Bowman with 88-81-40 to finish one shot clear of Larry Anderton, Keith McKinion and Martin Dyotte. The seventh flight was won by Clark Buckley with 93-83-38, two shots clear of second place Kyle Keyes. Eighth flight was won by Greg Jones 98-86-41, one shot clear of second place Joseph Parker. The ninth flight was won by Lolo Lubiani with 98-96-47 to finish one shot clear of second place Mark Lashley and Don Brock Jr.
Thank you to Greenwood Country Club, Randy Bensley and his team for their hospitality and hard work in making this tournament a success. All final scores can be found here.

 

July 15, 2012-Final Round of the Greenwood Invitational was suspended  at 12:35 pm.

 


2012 Greenwood Invitational

We expect the second round to be completed between 9:15 -9:30 am. Once the second round is completed, we will create the flights and pairings for the final round. The schedule for the final round is as follows:

  • Flights 4-9 will play a 9 hole Stipulated round.
  • Flights Championship-3  will play a 18 hole Stipulated round.
  • Flights 7-9 will play the back nine with tee times beginning approximately at 10:30 am .
  • Flights 4-6 will play the front nine with tee times beginning approximately at 10:30 am.
  • Flights Championship- 3 will begin at approximately 1:00 pm on Holes #1 & #10

July 14, 2012 - Second Round Suspended Due to Weather

The predicted storms have arrived in Greenwood and play was suspended during the afternoon of the second round. Due to the condition of the course, the second round will be completed on Sunday. All players who have not completed their second round should be in position to play at 7:30 AM. At completion of play, flights and pairings will be created for the third round. We estimate the final round to begin between 10:00 and 10:15.

To view the results of the second round, please follow this link.


July 13, 2012 - Naaman Leads After First Round of 65th Annual Greenwood Invitational

Greenwood- With the opening round of the 65th Greenwood Invitational in the books, Michael Naaman is the man to beat after he took the opening day top spot with his 7-under 33-32-65. Naaman totaled eight birdies and only one bogey in his nearly flawless round. While Naaman is the day one leader, he wasn't the only player to finish the round under par.

Mississippi State Golf teammates Chanat Sakulpolphaisan and Chad Ramey finished the opening round with scores of 6-under 66, putting them one stroke back of Naaman. Sakulpolphaisan and Ramey combined for 10 birdies and two eagles in their rounds to put them in a tie for second place after the first round. Rounding out the top five are Eddie Brescher III and Nick Armstrong, who carded the same score of 36-32-68 for the round. 2011 Greenwood Club Champion Alan Ellis (36-33) sits in a four-way tie for sixth place with David Calhoun (35-34), Grant Goforth (35-34), and Tracey Cockerham (35-34). All four players are looking to score low again on day two to keep themselves in the hunt for the top spot. Michael Collie's 32-38-70 puts him alone in 10th place and five strokes back of Naaman.  

With the threat of potentially dangerous weather bearing down on Greenwood, the 160-player field knew they had to play fast and smart to beat the rain. With 18-hole rounds averaging playing times of 4 hours and 15 minutes, players were able to finish their rounds rapidly, and many of them did so in brilliant fashion. A total of 17 players carded scores of par or better, and 26 more were within four strokes of par. The course was in great condition and the greens were receptive to low scores. The scores are expected to continue to drop as the tournament continues and conditions remain in favor of red figures.

All round one scores and round two pairings can be found at this link.


July 8, 2012 - Lewis Fires 67 to Take First Annual Magnolia Amateur

Hattiesburg- Myles Lewis overcame fierce competition and fickle weather conditions to card a final round 4-under 67 and win the first annual Magnolia Amateur at Hattiesburg Country Club. His tournament total score of 68-69-67-204 put him two strokes ahead of the nearest competitor.

Before the first weather delay of the final round, Lewis had already taken hold of first place for the overall championship. When the round concluded, Lewis proved his ability and mental toughness as he eventually fought through three weather delays. Lewis played strongly through the final hole, holding off Nic Ishee's strong finish. Ishee played the final three holes at 4-under, only to see Lewis stick his approach on the 18th and secure a par for the win. Ishee finished the tournament  69-69-68-206, two strokes back from Lewis for a solid second place finish. Following Ishee was Kevin Brady, who totaled scores of 69-67-71-207 to finish in third place. Brady and Tyler Peggs, both of University of Southern Mississippi, won the Collegiate Competition with a combined three day score of 207-219-406. Zhongyang Fu again finished strongly, taking the fourth place spot in the Championship Flight. Fu finished the tournament with three-day scores of 71-68-69-208.

Steve Wilson was able to maintain control of the Craig Stadler Division as he took first place in the division with his scores of 71-69-72-212. Wilson's 212 put him ten strokes ahead of the nearest competitor. Rickey Riley finished 74-71-77-222 for second place in the Craig Stadler Division. David Griffin (69-77-77-223) and George Byrd (75-71-77-223) fired final round 77's to finish in a tie for third place in their division. Both final pairings in the Payne Stewart and Craig Stadler Championship Division's stayed fiercely competitve, making every shot to the final hole count.

All final scores can be found at this link.


July 7, 2012 - Ramey Holds Lead at Magnolia Amateur, Wilson Climbs to Top of Stadler Division

Hattiesburg- Entering the second round at 4-under par, Chad Ramey had the bullseye on his back and had to overcome the pressure of being the round one leader. Ramey shrugged off the would-be nerves, playing masterfully to card a second-round 3-under 68. His overall score of 67-68-135 keeps him alone in first place in both the Payne Stewart Division and the Overall.

Ramey wasn't the only player to catch fire with the conditions as inviting as they were. Kevin Brady went on a birdie streak and made the turn with a 5-under 31, eventually finishing his round at 67 to lead all scores for the day. Brady's 69-67-136 tournament total keeps him sitting only one stroke back from Ramey after two rounds of play. Miles Lewis currently is in third place with two-day scores of 68-69-137, and Nic Ishee sits in fourth with his total score of 69-69-138 for the tournament. Ramey, Brady, Lewis, and Ishee make up the final pairing in the Payne Stewart Championship Flight for the Sunday final round.

In the Craig Stadler Division, Steve Wilson recorded the low round for the day, carding a 35-34-69 to take his two-day total to 140 and place himself on top of the Craig Stadler Division. Sitting at 2-under for the tournament, Wilson earned a spot in one of the two final groupings for the Overall Championship. Rickey Riley fired a second round score of 38-33-71 to put him in second in the Craig Stadler division. Riley will lead off the final group in the Stadler Division with Wilson's move to the final groupings. Closing out the lead pairing in the Craig Stadler Championship Flight are Bart Dornier, George Byrd, and David Griffin, who all sit in a second-place tie with total scores of 146.

All tournament scores and final round pairings can be found at this link.


July 6, 2012 - Ramey, Griffin Lead Their Division After Round One of Magnolia Amateur

Hattiesburg- With the opening round of the first annual Magnolia Amateur out of the way, two players sit alone atop their respectve divisions. Chad Ramey fired a 4-under 67 for the overall lead and top position in the Payne Stewart Division (40 & under), and David Griffin tallied a 2-under 69 for the lead in the Craig Stadler Division (40 & over).

When the day began, temperatures sat comfortably in the 80's and a soft breeze calmed the humidity. Players were found practicing with the sun still lifting itself into the sky. Red scores were in everyone's mind, and with the course at Hattiesburg Country Club in prestine condition, the numbers were out there, ready to be taken. By days end, 12 players found themselves with scores of par or better. Ramey's 67 was the low score for the day in the Payne Stewart Division, with Myles Lewis finishing one stroke back after posting a 3-under 68. Also in the Payne Stewart Division, Kevin Brady, Drew Kirby, Nic Ishee, and Alex Rowland are two strokes back of the leader with scores 0f 2-under 69. Todd Metz (70), Cory Williamson (70), Zhongyang Fu (71), and Drew Richardson (71) finish out the top 10 from round one.

In the Craig Stadler Division, Griffin's 2-under 69 leads the division and is two strokes better than current second place Steve Wilson (71). Griffin sits in a tie for third place overall through one round. Greg Brooking sits alone in third place with a score of 1-over 72, while Grady Brame Sr. is right behind with his 73. Bart Dornier and Rickey Riley both fired 74 to sit in a tie for fifth place. Danny McDill, Marcel Eduardo, Joey Landrum, Todd Nace, and George Byrd all shot 75 to finish the opening round six strokes back of Griffin.

All first round scores and second round pairings can be found at this link.


June 24, 2012 - Riley Holds On and Finishes On Top After Playoff at Butch Lambert

Tupelo- At the beginning of the day we had three players tied at the top of the leaderboard, with ten other players within four shots of them. When the last putt was tapped in on the 18th green we still were not finished. Rickey Riley and Scotty Patterson had more golf to play after finishing tied at one under for the tournament.

On a course that was playing harder than any member can remember it playing Riley and Patterson shot a final round 74 to go with their opening round 69. 

The playoff only lasted one more hole where Riley came out victorious This year he gets it done, after losing by one shot in last years event. 

Michael Hodges won the first flight after coming in with two under par 70 to tie for the round of the day. In our second flight Bill Donald's 74 was enough to escape with a one shot victory. Michael Collie beat Corbin May by one shot on the last hole to take the third flight. Our fourth flight was won by Jason Ellis who turned in a 87-77 to win by one shot as well. Johnathan Decker turned things around with a 77 today to take the fifth flight trophy. 

In our Senior division Philip Roberts carded a 76-78 to win by nine shots. 

Our Super Senior division was taken by Ken Hogue. Hogue had a tournament best score of seven under 137 for two days. He had the round of the day both days, with 67 in round one and 70 in round two. 

Congratulations to all our winners and players for making the 2012 Butch Lambert a great tournament. Want to give a special thank you to Lan Gooch, Don Hershfelt and all of the staff at The Natchez Trace Golf Club for everything you did to make the tournament run smoothly. Click here for all results.


June 24, 2012 - Alan Ellis Wins Greenville Invitational For The Second Year in a Row

Greenville - The final round of the 2012 Greenville Invitational was full of excitement with low rounds, playoffs and come from behind wins.

Defending Champion Alan Ellis was four shots behind first place going into the final round, but shooting a two under 34 on the front nine including a triple bogey and an eagle on the par 4 fifth put him back in the hunt. He followed the 34 up with an even par 36 on the back to shoot a two under 70 for a total of 71-70-141 to finish four shots clear of second place Rodney Boswell who shot 74-71-145. His two under 70 was the low round for the day. Ellis becomes the Greenville Invitational Champion for the second year in a row, congratulations Alan.   

First Flight was won by Kevin Bement with a great round of one under par 71 today to hold onto his overnight lead to shoot a total of 76-71-147. David Sellers finished in second with 78-75-153 one shot clear of third place.

Second Flight was won by Bill Hood with the low round of the day for the division a two over 74 to give him a total of 80-74-154 and a six shot buffer from second place Scott Jonely with 80-80-160.

Third Flight was won by overnight leader James Glorioso who followed up his first round 84 with a solid 79 today to finish 84-79-163 and three shots clear of second place Randall Merchant who fired 86-80-166.

The Super Senior Division was close amongst the last group coming down to a playoff  between Bobo Catoe and Jimmy Wilson both finishing with a two day total of 149. Jimmy Wilson day one leader ended up winning on the fist playoff hole to become the 2012 Super Senior Champion shooting 71-78-149.  Tony Gardner also in that last group shot the low round for the day in the division with a one over 73.

Thank you to Steven Driggers and the Greenville Country Club for their hospitality and putting on a great tournament. Click here to view the full results.


June 23, 2012 - Three Tied at the Top While Hogue Takes the Round of the Day at 2012 Butch Lambert

Tupelo- The first round of the 2012 Butch Lambert is in the books and we have three tied at the top of the Open division. Nick Armstrong, Rickey Riley, and Scotty Patterson all carded a three under par 69 in today's opening round. Armstrong was able to get around the course with the fewest amount of scores over par, with five birdies and one double that came on the par 4 sixth hole.

Patterson turned at three under par and at one time had it at five under but gave up a bogey on two of his last three holes. Riley made the turn at two over par and fired a great five under par 31 on the back nine to become tied for the lead. The only other score under par in the Open division was Bill Collins, who finished at one under par 71. All four of these men will play together in our final group at 2:00 pm. In our Championship flight we have 10 guys within 4 shots of the three leaders.

In the High School division Jacob Dixon has a three shot lead over Kirk Reeder after coming in with an 80 and will look to hang on to win the flight.

The Senior division is lead by Philip Roberts who carded a four over par 76 to take a five shot lead over Scotty Farris.

The round of the day in any division goes to our Super Senior division leader Ken Hogue. Ken at the age of 67 managed to shoot just that to take an eight shot lead over Jim Mealer.

Good luck to all competitors, we are looking forward to an exciting finish coming down the stretch in tomorrow final round. Tee times will start at 9:00 am. Click here to see all pairings and results.


June 23, 2012 - Hugh Muse Lights Up Course in First Round of The Greenville Invitational

The first round of the 2012 Greenville Invitational proved to be a hot one both in temperature and scores. Hugh Muse came out blazing shooting five under his front nine, and followed it up with an even back nine to finish with a five under par 67. Muse leads the Championship Division by three shots from Brother Sandifer who shot a two under par 70.

Kevin Bement and Billy McWilliams lead the First Flight by one having both shot a four over 76. Second Flight is lead by Bill Hood and Scott Jonely after both shooting 80 today, they have a one shot lead going into tomorrow. Third Flight is lead by James Glorioso and Anse McLaurin with a pair of 84’s giving them a two shot lead. The Super Senior division has Jimmy Wilson in the lead having shot a one under 71 today; he is closely followed by Bobo Catoe who shot a 73 today. Competition should be fierce tomorrow with the First and Second Flights having only four shots separating 1st and 12th place and perfect conditions forecasted. Click here to view full results from today.


June 17, 2012- The Smithers Father-Son Duo Hold On While Team Rhodes Wins the Father-Daughter Title

The final day of the Father-Son/Daughter at Patrick Farms had Division  A battling it out. The conditions were perfect and with that came great  scores. The 36 hole leaders Dr. Allen and Austin Smithers held off the  competition, shooting a fantastic bogey free 12 under 60 to be crowned  the 2012 BancorpSouth Father-Son Champions.

Their 62-60-60-182 placed  them five shots in front of second place team McCabe. The winners of  Division A First Flight were Homer and Trent Burns with 65-68-62-195  winning on a scorecard tie break from team McMillen.  Division A Second  Flight was won by Grady and Robert Lodes with 66-70-64-200 also winning  on a scorecard tie break from team Rosamond. The round of the day went  to Hunter and Michael Hammett with a fantastic 13 under 59.

Exciting day for Division B Father-Son Teams at Lake Caroline Golf Club. Team Bissell and Watts slipped away from the lead as Mark and Jeff Matthews posted the low round of the day of ten-under, 62. Team Matthews took the Championship Flight by one stroke for a three day total of 23 under par. Mark and Ryan Stickney posted the low round in the First Flight to take the first place honor. The home course advantage of Mark Stickney at Patrick Farms and Lake Caroline, proved to be a benefit for the Team. PZ Brewer and Brock Breedlove fired their low round of the tournament with a five-under par at Lake Caroline. Three birdies on the back nine pulled the team ahead by one stroke. Father-Son teams took full advantage of the course and continued to score well in the final round. Congratulations to all of our Fathers on this special day, we look forward to welcoming you back next year.

The final round of the Division C and Father- Daughter divisions took place at Canton Country Club. The C division was won by the Toler family who fired a final round 2 under par 70 for a three day total of 207. They won by two shots over the Love family shot an even par 72 in today's final round. In our Division C first flight the Herrington Family came in with an even par round and finished with a three day total of 217. They were three shots ahead of the Abraham father son duo.

The Father-Daughter championship came to the Country Club of Canton all tied up between the Rhodes family and the Hogue family, who were tied at 19 under par. The Rhodes duo birdied 3 out of there last 4 to win by two shots. The finished the tournament at 25 under par three day toatal of 191. The final round 66 was the round of the day by far out at Canton today. Congratulations to all of our flight winners and to all of our Fathers out there, we hope that you had a great Father's Day out on the Golf Course. Click here for the final results.


June 16, 2012 - Scores Stay Low as we Approach the Final Day of the Father-Son/Daughter

The father- son/daughter duo's went to the courses today expecting to move up the leaderboards to set themselves up for a chance at the title on the third and final day. The weather conditions were perfect today at all three courses to set up a prime time scoring display.

The A division players played their second round at Canton Country Club. The day began with team Rosenbaum at 13 under and Team McCabe one off the lead at 12  under. Today the father son duo of Allen and Austin Smithers had the  round of the day with a 12 under par 60. They have a four shot lead  going into the third and final round over David and Wyatt Allen. The  third round is going to be at Patrick Farms Golf Club tomorrow morning  at 8:30.

The B Division played their second round at Patrick Farms Golf Club. The opening round leaders of Bissell and Watts again tore up the course with one of the low rounds of the day 31-30-61 which gives them a total of 64-61-125 and a six shot lead going into the final round. There back nine consisted of six birdies, five of which were back to back. The  other low round of the day went to the Horlock team also shooting an 11  under par 61. Sitting in second place at 131 is the Matthews team  shooting a solid 65-66; one shot further back in third place is the  Toney team with 66-66-132.

Another solid round today from Team Jolly in the C Division at Lake Caroline. Five birdies put John and John Jolly in the lead of the C Division by two strokes. One flight back at the top of the C Division First Flight is Bill and Jason Abraham at even par. Bill almost rolled one in on number 4 to take the closest to the hole proximity prize. Great play today from the Father-Daughter Division where two teams are tied for the lead: Reagan and Scott Rhodes and Ken Hogue and Darian Stephens. The two teams share the lead at 19 under par. Father Daughter teams again had the low rounds of the day at Lake Caroline Golf Club. Congratulations to Reagan and Scott for the overall Longest Drives on number 16. The Second Closest to the hole prize on hole 17 also came from the Father Daughter Division- congrats to Travis Taylor for knocking it close. Best of luck to the Division C and Father Daughter Teams at Country Club of Canton for the Final Round. Good Luck to all the teams as you play your final rounds tomorrow, and to all the fathers out there, Happy Fathers Day!! Click here for results.


June 15, 2012 - Low Rounds in the Opening Day of the BancorpSouth Father-Son/Daughter

One Hundred and Four teams teed off today in the opening round of the BancorpSouth Father-Son/Daughter. Teams were greeted with beautiful weather coming into the Jackson Metro area to play one of three courses: Lake Caroline Golf Club, Country Club of Canton and Patrick Farms Golf Club.

Division A began play at Lake Caroline, where a record round of 59 was posted by team Rosenbaum: David Jr. and Sr. Two eagles on the back nine was impressive for the team. Sitting one behind at 12-under is Team McCabe: Tim Jr. and Sr. Players found the greens to be a challenge for the scramble format. Great playing from the entire field as 33 of 36 teams began the championships with under par rounds.

Division B started their first round at Country Club of Canton. The early team to beat is the Father Son duo of Bill Bissell and Jay Watts who fired an opening round 8 under par 64. Jeff and Mark Matthews are right behind them after shooting a 7 under 65. Rounding out our top five were three teams at 6 under: Eric and Hilton Toney, Steve Rives and JD Robinson, and Robby and Zack Hayes. The course was in great shape after a storm that rolled through earlier in the week and set up well for this scramble format.

Division C and Father-Daughter teams were at Patrick Farms today, for the first round of the 2012 Father-Son, Father-Daughter. The players skirted the weather with dark clouds looming, but luckily no rain fell. The birdies were flowing for the Jolly and Love teams both shooting a solid 67, which has them leading Division C. They are closely followed by three teams sitting on 68. The low rounds for today go to two Father-Daughter teams. Scott and Reagan Rhodes lead the Father-Daughter division with a blistering round of 33-30-63. Sitting in a close second is Ken Hogue and Darian Stephens with a 64.

The field is looking forward to a new challenge on tomorrow's selected course. Thanks to all the players and a special thanks to all our Father's in the field. Best of luck on this Father's Day Weekend and we hope you enjoy the time with family.

Click here for complete results and starting holes for tomorrow's 8:30 shotgun.


June 14, 2012 - BancorpSouth Father-Son/Daughter is Back

The Mississippi Golf Association is excited about the approaching Father's Day Championship. Friday's Round is a shotgun start at 1:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday are 8:30 am shotgun. Rotations between courses are the following:

Division A- Lake Caroline/CC of Canton/Patrick Farms

Division B- CC of Canton/Patrick Farms/Lake Caroline

Division C and Father-Daughter- Patrick Farms/Lake Caroline/CC of Canton

Lunch is available before play begins on Friday and following play on Saturday and Sunday, please enjoy! We also want to welcome BancorpSouth as the new sponsor of the Championship weekend. The MGA is happy to have the support of such a great Mississippi organization and looking forward to growing the partnership that has formed.

Click here for more information and the complete list of divisions.


June 10, 2012 - Homan Wins His Second Straight State Amateur

Madison - As the 2012 97th State Amateur came to a close the defending champion Clay Homan once again finishes on top, claiming his fourth title. The competition was fierce amongst the 9:10 final group with Grant Goforth and Eddie Brescher III playing alongside Homan.

Goforth started the round four shots behind Homan and closed the gap to one shot on the front nine firing a solid 36, with Brescher only two behind after 9 with an opening 35. Homan kicked it into gear on the back nine birding 10 and finishing strong, birding three of his last four holes to finish with a one under 71 and securing the win. Homan's 71-73-64-71 = 279 put him four shots clear of second place Goforth (283) and five shots of third place, Brescher (284).  Homan's win today is his second big one for the year after claiming the Mid Amateur in March.  

After the rain yesterday conditions were perfect for round 4, the course perfectly manicured and soft receptive greens made for some great rounds. The low rounds for the day go to Kevin Brady and Wilson Furr both shooting three under 69. In total, fourteen players shot under par in round four.

Many were present for the awards presentation, where several others were recognized. Cory Williamson received the Mike Magee Medalist for his first round posting of 69. The Charles Green Trophy is awarded to the two players who are members of the same club and record the lowest two round totals combined. The winners of this represent Fulton Country Club, Clay Homan and Chad Ramey. Clay Homan successfully defended the Spec Wilson trophy and will be added as the 2012 Mississippi State Amateur Champion.  

The MGA would like to thank Reunion Golf and Country Club for their hospitality, and helping make a great championship. Special thanks to Head Professional Tim Basel, Superintendent Josh Owens and Club Manager Todd Hendrix, and the entire Reunion staff.

Click here for final results.


June 9, 2012 - Homan Fires Eight Under in Round Three of State Am Despite Rainy Conditions

Madison- When the third round of the 2012 Mississippi State Amateur got underway Saturday morning, 34 players were within 8 shots of day two leaders Grant Goforth and Nic Ishee. As day three came to a close, no player was closer than four strokes of round three leader Clay Homan, who powered through the rainy weather to fire an 8-under 64.

With a 9 a.m. tee time, Homan began his round in the heart of the morning drizzles. By the 5th hole, Homan was 2-under after back-to-back birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes, noticeably shrugging off the rain and taking his chance on each hole to score low. Through nine holes, Homan was 4-under, and just getting into high gear. He continued his round three dominance with three straight birides on the back nine. As the rain began to come down more heavily, Homan made his approach into the 18th green with players and spectators watching and waiting to see how he would do in the soaking rain. With raindrops pouring from the bill of his hat, Homan eyed his birdie putt, and calmly stroked it into the center of the cup for his eighth birdie of the day. The 8-under round cushioned his lead atop the leaderboard. Totalling eight birdies and 10 pars,  Homan finished his third round bogey free, bringing his three day score total to 208. The total put Homan four strokes ahead of second place Grant Goforth, who shot a third-round 2-under 70 to bring his three-day total to 212.

Although Homan's 8-under round stole the show on Saturday, seven other players finished the day under par. 2010 State Amateur Champion Fletcher Johnson shot a 3-under 69 for the round to bring his three round total to 220. Goforth and Grant Motter fired scores of 2-under 70, bringing their three day totals to 212 and 218, respectively. Eddie Brescher III, Brad Riles, Paul Loyacono and Ross Bell each shot 1-under 71 for the day, keeping them all within fifteen shots of first place.

As play began, players were buzzing about the possiblity of softer, more receptive greens as a result of early morning drizzles. By days end, the tournament-high eight scores under par seemed to prove the theory true. Players return to the course at Reunion Sunday morning for round four of the tournament in hopes that they can score low and take home the 2012 Spec Wilson trophy. Tournament scores and round four pairings and tee times can be found here.  


June 8, 2012 - Ishee and Goforth Stand Atop a Two Day Leaderboard at the 2012 State Am

Madison- After a day that featured hot temperatures and high winds, there are two competitors that stand above all the others. Nic Ishee from Laurel and Grant Goforth from Batesville share the lead with a combined two day total of -2 (142). At the start of the day Ishee found himself just three shots back from our then leader, Cory Williamson, while Goforth was just two back after his -1 (71) yesterday.

Both players will look to hold on to there respective leads as the next two days unfold.

 

Although Ishee and Goforth sit atop the leaderboard, there were four other players out of 142 to come in with under par rounds. Our round of the day went to Hattiesburg's Grant Motter, who fired a -3 (69). He finds himself in a tie for fourteenth place after his opening round 79. Chad Ramey of Fulton and Eddie Brescher III of Jackson fired a -2 (70). Both of them are side by side at a tie for third place. Michael Hodges of Belden was our last under par round with a -1 (71). Hodges is right in the mix of things in a tie for sixth place.

The competition at this year's State Am compares second to none of the State Am's of the past. We currently have 11 players within 5 shots of our leaders, and 23 within 8 shots. Tomorrow's tee times will be split tee's again on 1 and 10 starting at 7:30. We are looking forward to another exciting, competitive round of golf leading up to our fourth and final round on Sunday. To view score and tee times click the following link found here.


June 7, 2012 - H.G. Weddington Opens Round One of 2012 State Am with Honorary First Tee Shot

Madison- Several hours before Corey Williamson could light up the course at Reunion Golf Club for his round one lead, 1939, '47, and '49 Mississippi State Amateur Champion Hunter George Weddington took the tee on the number one hole for the honorary first tee shot in the 97th State Amateur.

Mr. Weddington, who sometimes prefers to be called H.G., walked onto the crowded, dew soaked teebox, waving to the players, friends and family that had gathered to see the 95-year-old champion tee off. Having made an appearance in over 59 State Amateur Championships, Weddington had no problem taking on the pressure of the people on the teeing ground. He calmly centered himself between the tee markers, placed his tee into the ground, stabilized his ball onto the tee, and stepped back to ready himself for the shot.  As the crowd hushed in respect to golf etiquette,  but moreso to the marvel of Mr. Weddington, H.G. looked down the fairway, then at his ball. With one inhale, Weddington pulled the club back and smoothly followed his swing into the ball, slamming it into the center of the fairway. The shot was followed with roars of applause and cheers. The 2012 State Amateur Championship was underway, and the opening round would not disappoint.

By the time dusk was preparing to settle itself on the course, Corey Williamson found himself sitting atop the day one leaderboard after firing an opening round 3-under 69 to take a two shot lead over the nearest competitors. Totaling seven birdies and six pars for the day, Williamson consistently kept his score under par and worked his way to the top of the leaderboard. Sitting two strokes back, Jacob Ross, Grant Goforth, Alan Ellis and 2011 State Amateur Champion Clay Homan each shot 1-under 71 for the day, with a combined total of seventeen birdies in their rounds. Father-son duo Stewart and Haynes Horsley both look on track to stay in the hunt for the Spec Wilson Trophy with rounds of 77 and 76, respectively. Williamson won the Mike Magee Trophy, which is awarded to the round one medalist.

With the weather continuing to cooperate, players are looking forward to round two in hopes that the course will again allow for red scores. Round 2 pairings and tee times can be found here.


June 3, 2012 - Oakley Family Does it Again

Senatobia- T. Robert Oakley came from behind to make his fourth Back Acres Invitational Championship a reality. Standing at his side was Gary Oakley, T. Robert's father, who became the Senior Champion earlier in the day. T. Robert fired a 69 in the second round to put him at two-under par for the tournament, edging first round leader, Jim Beavers, by one stroke. Beavers, also a Back Acres member, managed to hold onto his lead through the front nine, but began to slip later in the day. Gary Oakley found the course to play more difficult in the second round, posting a 5-over, 77 in the Senior Division. However, Oakley managed to hold onto his lead and finished four strokes ahead of runner-up, Mark Rowan. It was a day of wins for the Back Acres Country Club membership, as champions and runner-up players all consider Back Acres to be their home course. Those participants with an active GHIN Number at a MGA Member Club were also entered into the Net Division. Congratulations to those Net Division Champions- Jim Beavers (Championship), Chris Sheley (First Flight) and Wayne Collinsworth (Senior Division). Many thanks to Buck Matheny and the entire Back Acres CC staff for hosting another great Invitational. The course has proved to be a challenge for some of the best amateurs in the state of Mississippi. Congratulations to all the champions and participants.

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June 2, 2012 - Local Players Under Par in Senatobia

Senatobia- Seventy-one golfers took to the course today at the 30th Annual Back Acres Invitational. Participants enjoyed the unseasonably cool temperatures and fair conditions during the first round. Local golfer, Jim Beavers, came out strong firing a 2-under, 70 to take the lead. Marias Vorster of South Africa sits two strokes behind at 72. Senior Division Defending Champion, Gary Oakley, took an early lead today at his home course here in Senatobia. Oakley fired a 2-under to take the early lead, three strokes ahead of the competition. Divisions have been flighted following the first round. Second round pairings will begin at 8am with the Senior Division first off. Many thanks to all the golfers who came out today. Course will prove to be a challenge for the remaining 69 in the field.

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May 23, 2012 - MGA Launches New Website

The Mississippi Golf Association is excited to launch a new website today. With new and improved features and user friendly navigation, we hope that the update is well-received by our membership. We ask our frequent visitors to remain patient through this transition as new pages are being added still. As always, we remain open to your feeback and would like to hear from you if you experience any difficulty in navigation. Please contact Emily Sullivan at emily@missgolf.org with any questions or concerns.