MGA News of 2014

December 17, 2014 - Feature Player and Club of the Week Robert Pannell and Greenwood Country Club

Robert Pannell

This weeks feature player is Robert Pannell of Greenwood, MS. Robert is one of those players that treats you like he has known you forever even though you just met him. He is one of our favorite players on the MGA and we love seeing him play his best which we all know he will do. Robert played in 9 events this year on the MGA and out of those nine he was in the Top 10 in 8 of them. He came in 1st or tied for 1st in the Greenwood, Greenville Invitationals, and the State Four- Ball events in the Senior Division, and he was runner up in the Grenada Invitational, and the State Amateur, and the John Bryan Cup Club Championship. We look forward to seeing more of Robert as the 2015 golf season quickly approaches, and seeing him improve in his golf golf, which we all know he will improve in every way he can to win some more tournaments.

Greenwood Country Club

This weeks feature club is Greenwood Country club in Greenwood, MS. When you first pull into Greenwood CC you are greeted by a long row of huge oak trees and on either side of you are the 2 finishing holes 17 and 18. Even though Greenwood is flat and doesn't look difficult, it has its fair share of challenging holes, so don't think
it's easy because it is flat, you will be proved wrong when you tee it up. Greenwood is not just a prestigious country club, but it is also home to Jim Gallagher, who played in the 1993 Ryder Cup Team and many other PGA tour events and Champion Tour Events. Greenwood offers a bar area so you can grab a bit to eat during your round, or they have a full ballroom for any birthday parties or social events that you may want to have. Their pro shop will help you with anything you need, you can always find Randy, the head pro there, and his family helping out in the shop. Greenwood takes very good care of their golf course and they are waiting on you to come out and play some golf, so give them a call today and see what you have been missing out on.


November 26, 2014 - Feature Player and Club of the Week Robert Willis and Perry Creek Golf Club

Robert Willis

This week's Feature Player of the Week is Robert Willis of Grenada, MS. With 7 tournament participations this season, Robert was able to accomplish quite a lot.

With four Top 10 finishes, one being a runner up in the Old Waverly Invitational. Robert hosts a tournament in Grenada that is on our schedule and is always an enjoyable event. His best finish at the Grenada Invitational is 3rd, hopefully he will get a win sooner rather than later, he deserves a win. We always love having Robert play in all our events, he is always a joy to have around and he brings some fierce competition to the course, but he also has some fun while he is out there. We look forward to seeing more of Robert as the 2015 golf season is coming up shortly.

Perry Creek Golf Club

Perry Creek Golf & Racquet Club is a multi-service recreational golf facility located in beautiful historic Grenada, Mississippi. The course gives the golfer a feeling that is not found anywhere else in the country.
Our state of the art clubhouse features a well supplied golf pro-shop, a gourmet restaurant, full service bar, five court tennis complex with pro shop, pool and concession area that is open daily. Locker rooms with showers are also available. Give Perry Creek a call today, you will have a blast, whether you are wanting to play golf, or play racquet ball, or just hang out, you will have a great time.


November 12, 2014 - Feature Player and Club of the Week Pete Powell and Duncan Park Golf Club

Pete Powell

This week's Feature Player of the Week is Pete Powell of Natchez, MS. Pete played in 5 events this year and out of those five events got in the Top 10 in 4 of them. Pete came in fourth place in the Mid Amateur Championship, he tied for 5th in the Greenwood Invitational, came in 6th in the Greenville Invitational, and came in 9th in the Senior Amateur. Pete is one guy that you never know what he is going to do in a round, but he is always a good guy and plays his best in whatever tournament he plays in. We look forward to seeing what Pete does next year as the 2015 season quickly approaches.

Duncan Park Golf Club

This weeks feature club is Duncan Park Golf Club. Duncan Park is located in Natchez, MS and was built in 1947 by Brian T. Ault. This golf course is a lot nicer than the picture, it is 6,047 yards from the farthest tee and is beautiful the whole way through. Duncan's rates are very cheap to play at such a nice golf course, it is $28 for 18 and $23 for  9 holes, and you get a lot of golf for those prices, so look them up, give them a call and go play some amazing golf


November 6. 2014 - Fast, Randolph and Backel representing Mississippi at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Junior Golf Association is well represented this week on the PGA Tour. Two MJGA alumni, Jonathan Randolph of Brandon and Matt Fast of Canton are former MJGA members.

Randolph played collegiate golf at Ole Miss and was an all american. Fast played collegiate golf at Mississippi State University. After outstanding amateur careers, Fast and Randolph have both had success on the web.com tour and several PGA tour events. 

Camden Backel, of Madison is a current MJGA player and a senior at Madison Central. Backel is a top junior player and has represented Mississippi in the last two Southern States Junior Cup Matches along with 11 other juniors.  Backel  earned his spot in the Sanderson Farms Championship through the Monday qualifier.   We are so proud of these young men and their golf careers. Get out to The Country Club of Jackson today through Sunday and watch some GREAT golf! Let's show our Mississipians our support!!

Jonathan Randolph began play at 7:58 am, Matt Fast begins play at 12:33 pm, Camden Backel begins play at 1:05 pm today. Be sure and follow their play this week. For results go to www.pgatour.com/tournaments/sanderson-farms-championship/leaderboard.html


November 3, 2014- BancorpSouth Coast Amateur Registration Open

Bay St. Louis-The BancorpSouth Coast Amateur is being played November 15-16 at The Bridges GC in Bay St. Louis on the beautiful MS Gulf Coast. This event is sanctioned by the Mississippi Golf Association for points in all divisions of our Men's player of the year points series. The points earned in the 2014 Coast Amateur will count towards the 2015 points race. Click here to register https://www.ghintpp.com/mgcga/TPPOnlineGolfer/Logon.aspx?Login=1


October 29, 2014 - Feature Player and Club of the Week Ricky Sims and Country Club of Canton

Ricky Sims

This weeks feature player is Ricky Sims.He is a member of the Country Club of Canton, and he has been a big supporter of the MGA and plays in many of our events every year. He played in 8 events just this year and was in the top 10 in every single one of them. He won the Back Acres Invitational in his division and tied for first at the Mid Amateur Championship with David Griffin. He was a runner up in the Senior Amateur after just barely losing to David Griffin on the very last hole.He also came in 3rd in the Grenada, Greenwood and Greeville Invitationals. He has had many other successes with our tournaments. In the past eight years, Ricky won the Senior Amateur Championship for four consecutive years from 2006-2009, holds 3 titles from the Norman Bryant Invitational in 2005, 2006 and 2010, and has many top 10 finishes to claim as well. He always brings a competitive round, but most importantly a smile that will warm your heart.  

Thanks Ricky for all you do for the MGA, we appreciate you as a player! Best of luck for 2015! Time to grab another title!

Country Club of Canton

This weeks feature club is the Country Club of Canton. This golf course offers some of the best golf in Mississippi, complete with a picturesque, park-like setting, a tranquil, 22-acre lake and towering pines, majestic oaks and other native wildlife. With a unique mixture of luscious scenery, rich history and famous Southern hospitality, golfers will quickly fall in love with the Country Club of Canton and Canton golf.

The Country Club of Canton now welcomes guests of all ages and ability levels, but it still maintains its elegant, semi-private feel. Our variety of holes range from brisk par 3s to challenging, extensive par 5s. We have the tough 6,322-yard course for men and the friendly 4,793-yard version for the ladies, both including Bermuda fairways and Bermuda greens. Much like our expert staff, our course is prepared to handle any and all needs. The Country Club of Canton features more than golf. The grounds also boast a 12,000-square foot clubhouse, which includes a restaurant and grill, pro shop, members' lounge, and the capacity to handle elaborate corporate functions and classy social events -- all with some of the most affordable prices in The South. 

Hospitality is more than just something we aim for at The Country Club of Canton. In Mississippi, it's a point of pride and a way of life. We bring that orientation to service to Canton golf at The Country Club of Canton. In fact, we treat our guests like family. You won't be disappointed. Our PGA Professional Olly Thomson will cater to all your golf-related needs, from lessons to finding the right group for your skill level. There's a reason players have sought out Canton golf for nearly 90 years, dating back to when The Country Club of Canton was established in 1923, and it's our wonderful passion for the game combined with the world-class service we provide. We can't wait to show you in person. Give them a call, book a tee time you won't regret your decision to play this fantastic course. 


October 26, 2014 - Furr Leads CC of Jackson to Claim the 2014 John Bryan Cup

West Point- Unseasonably warm temperatures for the 20th John Bryan Cup had players in shorts and short sleeves most of the weekend. The fantastic weather and spectacular course conditions made for a great weekend of golf for the Club Team Championship.

The final round of the 2014 John Bryan Cup had an exciting finish with The Country Club of Jackson holding onto the lead to hold off Old Waverly GC. Country Club of Jackson finished in the top spot at +16 592, and was led by 16 year old- Wilson Furr at 8 under par 136. CCJ had a two stroke lead over Canebrake CC after the first round. Canebrake CC struggled early and Old Waverly was hot in the first nine holes. With two players left to finish on the top 4 teams, Old Waverly GC and Country Club of Jackson  were tied at +21. But Richard Reed's one over par, 73 pulled Old Waverly ahead of Canebrake CC.  Old Waverly finished as runner up at +22 598.Furr finished up with eight under par (69-67)136 to win the individual medalist honor as well. Greenwood CC's Alan Ellis was the runner up medalist at 5 under par (71-68)139 . A special thanks to Old Waverly GC and thier staff and memeber for hosting the John Bryan Cup. For complete results click here.


October 25, 2014 - Country Club of Jackson takes early lead in Bryan Cup

West Point- It was a beautiful day as another year of the Bryan Cup takes place. Country Club of Jackson takes an early lead as Stewart Horsley shoots 71, Clinton Van Devender shoots 75, Aubrey Mays shoots 74, and Wilson Furr shoots an amazing round of 69. All those scores add up to be 289 which is one over par. Canebrake Country Club isn't far behind after shooting an overall round of 291, which isn't that far behind Country Club of Jackson. Wilson Furr from Jackson, MS and Ricky Riley from Fulton, MS are tied for first place in the individual rankings. With another day to go and 18 more holes to play on this challenging golf course you never know what will happen, so we will find out tomorrow. To see scores from today and pairings for tomorrow click click here


October 8, 2014 - Feature Player and Club- Nick Beale and Dancing Rabbit CC

Nick Beale

This weeks feature player is Nick Beale of Pass Christian, MS. Nick is our 2014 State Amateur Champion, after shooting 69,68,72,72 for an overall score of 281.

On the last day after Nick finished he had to go into a 1 hole play off with Eddie Brescher III, but it was Nicks year to win and that is just what he did. We love having Nick play in all our tournaments, he is a joy to talk to and a heck of a good player, even though he has a different way of gripping the club than most people and swings the club differently it seems to work for him. We hope to see a lot more of Nick next year as the 2015 golf season approaches.

Dancing Rabbit Golf Club

This weeks feature club is the host of the State Amateur Championship, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. Nestled among the towering pines and stunning oaks in the rolling hills region of east central Mississippi is two of the southeast's most acclaimed golf courses, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Pearl River Resort. Claiming a home in this lush environment are the award-winning, par-72 courses, the Azaleas and the Oaks. Each golf course covers 7,000 yards when playing from the championship tees, and offers five different sets of tees to accommodate every level of play. Combined these two courses encompass more than 700 acres wrapped in over five miles of meandering spring-fed streams and the exquisite setting accentuates the beauty of the course while adding to the difficulty of play. Every hole at Dancing Rabbit is a work of art, featuring Champion Bermuda grass greens on the Oaks and A-4 Bent grass greens on the Azaleas, along with Zoysia fairways on the Oaks and Bermuda fairways on the Azaleas. Both courses were created by acclaimed golf course designer Tom Fazio and PGA great Jerry Pate. To experience everything Dancing Rabbit Golf Club and Pearl River Resort has to offer check out one of the great golf packages offered at one of Mississippi's top courses, so give them a call today and see what they have to offer.


October 1, 2014 - Feature Player and Club- Burke Ellzey and Jackson CC

Burke Ellzey

Burke Ellzey of Hattiesburg, MS is a great friend on and off the course. He most recently got a hold of his first Super Senior Championship trophy at the Senior Amateur Championship at his home course of Timberton Golf Club. Although it reached temperatures of over one hundred degress and it was slow play on some days Burke still stuck it out to the end to hold and drink out of the his very well earned trophy. We love having Burke play at our tournaments, there is always laughter when he is around and we hope there will be much more laughter as the 2014 season comes to a close and the 2015 season moves closer and closer each day. Best of luck to you as you prepare for another great season of golf!

Jackson CC

This weeks feature club is the host of the Sanderson Farms Championship  

In 1914, a small group of businessmen purchased 100 acres off of Clinton Boulevard, five miles west of town, to organize The Country Cub of Jackson. At that time the Club was so far out that a surrey driven, by a local old gentlemen, was provided for people who did not have cars.

The original clubhouse was a large, old house on the property. This house burned in 1936 and was replaced by an attractive framed building and contained a large all-purpose room, ballrooms, small bar and a ladies locker room in the attic. Dues were $6.00 per month and caddies were always available. The membership doubled, but tragedy struck again with a fire that destroyed the clubhouse.

The membership went back to a temporary building (the same one that was used after the first fire) until funds were raised for a new clubhouse. A brick, fireproof building, impressively decorated by Marshall Field of Chicago, was built, and the membership grew as many social functions made this the center of activity.

The present property was purchased in the late fifties. Through the past 100 years, the Club has grown through a series of renovations and expansions to become what it is today: a full service, family centered, destination Country Club. Call them and set up a tee time, you won't regret it.


September 24, 2014 - Feature Player and Club- David Griffin and Windance CC

David Griffin

This week's Feature Player of the Week is David Griffin of Belden, MS. He not only has many successes with the MGA, but he also is this year's Senior Player of the Year. With 10 tournament participations this season, David was able to accomplish quite a lot. With 4 Top 10 finishes, two being first place finishes , David scored well enough in each tournament this season to place him in the lead for the honors of Senior Player of the Year. You never know what David is going to do out there on the course. His golf game is very exciting. Over the course of 4 years alone, David has collected over ten Top 10 finishes in various tournaments in the many tournaments he has played in. This year he finally secured the title of Senior Amateur Champion and qualifying for the US Senior Amateur Championship.After playing in the Senior Amateur for a couple of years now he finally got his first win. He is very competitive but also loves to go out and have a good time on the course. We always enjoy having David compete in our tournaments. Best of luck to him in our 2015 season as we know he will return to battle it out for more titles!

Windance CC

This week's feature club of the week is Windance Country Club and the host of the Yamaha Coast Open. Designed by Mark McCumber in 1986, this 18-hole championship course features over 6,600 yards of challenging golf complete with breathtaking landscapes, rolling hills and lush greens. Purchased by Island View Casino Resort in 2007, Windance has recently been transformed into one of Mississippi's top resort golf courses. Significant renovations include: the addition of new, state-of-the-art irrigation systems, a new lake, new native areas and decorative stone work. Named Golfweek magazine's Best Places You Can Play for three consecutive years, Windance has a 4 star rating by Golf Digest magazine and has been host to both the Ben Hogan and Nike tours with past winners including: 2003 U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk, 1996; The Open Champion Tom Lehman, and 2005, 2006 Senior Open Champion Alan Doyle. 


September 17, 2014 - Feature Player and Club- Alan Ellis and Country Club of Oxford

Alan Ellis

When talking about a player that always competes, it's easy to think of someone like Alan Ellis. Alan Ellis is a player you can always count on to be competitive in every tournament he plays in. From Greenwood, Alan began playing the game around the age of 5. He grew up playing and competing as an MJGA member before heading to college at Mississippi State University. "The competitiveness is what makes the game fun for me. I would say my game is exciting. You never know what I am capable of doing" quotes Alan. This is certainly true, as he has competed in over 38 MGA tournaments in just the past 6 years alone. Among those 38 tournaments, Alan holds over 11 Top 10 finishes and 7 Wins overall. Those wins include the 2010 and 2014 Greenwood Invitational, 2010 State 4-ball with Robert Pannell, 2011 Grenada Invitational, 2011 Greenville Invitational, and a 2012 Greenville Invitational win as well. Alan has repeatedly played in the State Amateur Championship, the Governors Cup Matches and the MS Cup Matches, and averages close to 6 MGA tournaments each year. "I have been fortunate enough to win several tournaments but what I am most proud of is the friendships I have made over the last several years. I look forward to every Spring when we kick off our season because I get to see all the guys again." We are thankful to have players like Alan who continue to support junior golf and amateur golf. He says he hopes that all kids who grow up enjoying the game will be able to have the same great experiences he has encountered. Alan competed in 8 MGA events this year, and will play in the MS Cup Matches at the end of the month to bring that to 9. We look forward to seeing how your 2015 season plays out, and best of luck to you Alan!

Country Club of Oxford

In 2005, our 18 hole golf course was redesigned to incorporate a Jim Fazio layout that is exceptionally beautiful and challenging. In 2013, we completed our brand new sportsplex facility which includes a new Bar & Grill, Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Baby Pool, and Pro Shop. Coming soon will be construction of a new 10,000+ square foot Clubhouse beginning in 2014 in addition to our other facilties. Come see what all of the excitement is about and find out what membership in The Country Club of Oxford can offer you!   


September 29, 2014- Ellis, Laird and Brescher to Represent Mississippi in the USGA State Team Championship

French Lick, Indiana- The USGA Men's State Team Championship will be played in French Lick, Indiana, at the French Lick Resort. French Lick is a Pete Dye golf course. Each state is invited to send a team of three players to represent their state. The format is 54 holes of stroke play with the two lowest scores from each team to count for that round.  The tournament is scheduled for September 30th-October 2nd. Representing Team Mississippi  is our 2014 MGA PLayer of the Year- Alan Ellis of Greenwood, 2013 & 2014 Trustmark Invitational Champion-Eddie Brescher of Hattiesburg, and 2014 Cup Team Member- Brandon Laird, Biloxi.  Follow our team online  and check for live scoring on the USGA website! We proudly support our team and hope for a victory for Mississippi!


August 25, 2014- Griffin does it again at the US Senior Amateur Quailfier

Laurel- David Griffin continues from a win at the Senior Amateur Championship to qualify for the US Senior Amateur at Laurel Country Club. Griffin carried his good play from Timberton Golf Club to Laurel Country Club one day later. Griffin qualified with three strokes to spare after finnishing at even par, 72.

Michael Fosdick and Robert Parmar were tied for the alternate position and completed a two hole playoff. Michael Fosdick won on the second hole with a par to position himseld as the first alternate.

Griffin will advace to the championship at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California. The US Senior Amateur Championship will be played the week of September 13-18.

Many thanks to Jim Dorman and the staff at Laurel Country Club for their hospitatlity. Best of luck to David as he competes on the national scene.

For complete results, please click here.


August 24, 2014- Griffin Completes the Comeback for the Win in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg- The Senior Amateur finished up today with plenty of excitement in our divisions. David Griffin of Belden finished one stroke ahead of Ricky Sims of Canton today to become our Senior Amateur Champion. Sims had a three shot lead entering the day, but through an exciting finish Griffin edged out the four time champion for the title. This is Griffin's first Senior Amateur Win and we look forward to next year as both Griffin and Sims will be eligible for our Super Senior division. In our Super Senior division, Burke Ellzey of Hattiesburg survived a last round charge from Lynn Pippin of Ocean Springs to begin his reign as Super Senior champion. Ellzey, a member at Timberton, used his knowledge of the course to come to an excellent finish one stroke ahead of Pippin. Our Grand Master division was taken away by Gerald Chatham of Hernando who shot another great round today to run away with the title of Grand Master champion. Chatham had a great three rounds of golf and never buckled under the pressure of leading in a three day tournament. We thank Timberton Golf Club for all the help this weekend and the great course to play on. Special thanks to the volunteers who helped out this weekend and Ron Hickman for helping things run smoothly. Lastly, thanks to all the players for coming out and playing in this great event. For complete scores from the tournament click here.


August 23, 2014- Sims Maintains Lead Going Into Final Round

Hattiesburg- Another round ended today as the players battled the high temperatures in the upper 90's. Timberton Golf Club is proving to be a challenging course for our competitors. In our Grand Master division, Gerald Chatham of Hernando remains our leader after shooting a round of 77 today to bring him to a total of 148. Chatham is now in the lead by three strokes on top of Larry Wagster of Oxford.

Local man Burke Ellzey has now taken the lead in our Super Senior division after shooting a 74 today to bring him to 144 overall. One stroke behind Ellzey is Mike Pharr of Hernando at a total of 145. Ricky Sims of Canton, in our Senior division, has maintained and strengthened his lead over the competition after shooting another round of 69 today to bring his total of 138. Sims shot three under par on the front nine, and finished even on the back nine to shoot our low round of the day. The four time champion is attempting to make this a one horse race. David Griffin of Belden is in second place after a round of 71 today bringing him to 141 overall. Joey Landrum of Ovett has secured third place with a overall score of 144. We thank Timberton Golf Club for hosting this great event and being so accomodating for our tournament. We also would like to send a special thanks out to all of the volunteers who have helped us so far this weekend. For all final scores and pairings for round three click here.


August 22, 2014- Past Champion, Ricky Sims, takes the Lead at the Senior Amateur at Timberton Golf Club

Hattiesburg- Timberton Golf Club, along with temperatures in the high 90s, was a true test for our Senior Amateur competitors. Senior, Super Senior and Grand Master divisions were all off in a morning wave here in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 

The Mississippi Golf Association witnessed great amateur golf from the Grand Masters division here at our Senior Amateur Championship at Timberton Golf Club. The low round medalist was Gerald Chatham of Hernando who posted one under, 71. Sitting one down on the leaderboard is Bill Bartlett of Brandon.

The Super Senior Championship also posted low rounds today with Mike Justice of Madison firing 69 to put him in the lead by one. Timberton's own, Burke Ellzey, is using his home course knowledge to gain an advantage. Ellzey sits at two under par, 70.

Past Senior Amateur Champion, Ricky Sims of Canton, was the low round medalist today in the first round of the Senior Amateur Championship at Timberton Golf Club. The 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Champion found three birdies on the front nine to hold onto his three under par, 69. Also coming out strong in the first round, David Griffin of Belden and Kyle Smith of Summit, both fired a two under par, 70. The course, measuring 6544, proved to be a good test for the best Senior Amateur golfers in Mississippi.

Many thanks to Timberton Golf Club and the exceptional staff here for preparing a great course for Senior competition.

For complete results please click here for the Senior Amateur Homepage.


August 10, 2014- Ramey Comes From Behind to Repeat

Gulfport- The Coast Open has come to an end today and Kyle Ramey of Gulfport has successfully defended his title as our champion. Ramey shot a round of 67 today to take the win with a tournament total of 203.

In second place is Hunter Hawkins of Valley Head, AL with a total score of 207. Fletcher Johnson of Belden and Michael Arnaud tied for third place both ending with total scores of 208. The Senior Division Champion is Robert David Smith of Long Beach after shooting a 74 today to bring him to a three day total of 218. Three golfers were tied for second place with the overall score of 219, these were Brenton Field of Gulfport, Ronnie Averett of Loranger, LA, and Pete Powell of Natchez. The course proved harder for our golfers today, fatigue may have also played a factor in this three day tournament. We had a great turnout of players overall and we thank all the golfers who came out to compete with us here in Gulfport. We thank all of the staff at Windance Country Club as well as the course maintenance staff for keeping the course looking beautiful. A special thanks goes out to Tommy Snell for helping make this tournament possible, and a thanks to Ben Nelson Golf Cars for sponsoring this great event. For all final scores click here.


August 9, 2014- Johnson Leads Into Final Round

Gulfport- Fletcher Johnson of Belden is in the lead after our second round here of the Coast Open. The college student shot three under par today to bring him to nine under par overall. Local professional Kyle Ramey is one shot behind Johnson at eight under par after today's round. In third place is Hunter Hawkins from Valley Head, AL who shot three under today to bring his overall score to seven under par. Derek Plucienski of New Orleans, LA shot today's low round of 67 to bring him into fourth place at six under par. In the senior division, Joey Landrum of Ovett is our leader after shooting one under par today making his overall score also one under par. Robert David Smith of Long Beach shot another even par round today and holds second place. Three players are tied at one over par overall, these are Howard Waugh of Gulfport, Ronnie Averett of Loranger, LA, and Brenton Field of Gulfport. The players have been flighted and paired for the final round tomorrow. We have intense competition in both divisions and look forward to see how the tournament plays out. Continue to follow this tournament's scores and pairings for round three here.


August 8, 2014- Ramey and Johnson Shoot the Low Rounds in Gulfport

Gulfport- The first round of the Ben Nelson Golf Cars Coast Open closed today with two golfers tied with the lowest scores. The Windance Country Club professional and defending champion Kyle Ramey along with Mississippi State student Fletcher Johnson of Belden both shot rounds of 66 putting them in a early lead for the three day tournament. Hunter Hawkins of Greenwood is in third place after shooting a round of 68. Close behind our leaders in fourth place is Chad Ginn of Tylertown with a score of 69. Our Senior division is knotted up with a three way tie at even par for the lead. Robert Willis of Grenada, Robert David Smith of Long Beach, and Joey Landrum of Ovett are our three leaders in the senior division. The defending senior champion Mike Hymel of Hammond, LA is just behind our leaders with a one over par round of 73. The rain held off today and we were able to get in some great golf. We look forward to the next two rounds of the tournament and hope that the competition keeps up. The course is looking beautiful and the greens are playing fast. Follow this tournament by checking pairings and scores here.


August 3, 2014- Thomas holds on for the Victory in Grenada

Grenada- Seven years after he won his first Grenada Inviational, Brent Thomas has done it again. The Grenada native, after shooting an opening round of 68, was in complete control from the moment he put the tee in the ground this afternoon.

Thomas shot a final round of one over par 72. That was all he needed to win the event by 3 strokes. Coming in second place was Richard Reed, of Starkville. Reed tied the round of the day with a two under par 69. David Griffin of Belden, and Michael Naaman of Greenwood, tied for third place after both of them shot 73-70 for a two day total of one over par. The tournament went as smooth as it possibly could, and the weather also was great. We want to thank Robert Willis and the Perry Creek Golf Club staff and volunteers, for all their hard work and help with this event. We look forward to coming back next year to help out again. For complete results click here.


August 2, 2014- Local Brent Thomas takes the lead at Grenada

Grenada- The weather parted and cleared up above Grenada today. After questionable cloud covering, the storms dodged their way around Grenada giving the 2014 Grenada Invitational a non stop first day. After round one, our leader is Brent Thomas of Grenada. Thomas shot a round of 67 on the par 71 course today. In second is Wade Henderson of Greenwood coming in with a score of 69. Close behind in third place is Scott Milam of Tupelo with a 70. The players have been flighted and are geared up for what is hoped to become great competition for tomorrow's final round. So far the tournament has gone by without difficulty thanks to the help from the Perry Creek Golf Club staff. We are looking forward to tomorrow's round, and seeing what the course has in store for us for the closing of this tournament. You may find complete scores as well as pairings and flights here.


July 15, 2014 - Motter and Brady are headed to the US Amateur

Madison- After a one hour delayed start, we are all wrapped up at the 2014 US Amateur Qualifier, at Annandale Golf Club. When it was all said and done Grant Motter, of Hattiesburg, stood alone at the top of the leaderboard.Grant shot an opening round 69, and went out and repeated himself with a second round 69.

The six under finish was enought to punch his ticket as our 2014 Medalist. Coming in second, right behind Motter, was Brandon native Kevin Brady. Brady shot a final round 72, to go along with his first round 68, to finish in solo second place and also punch a ticket to the US Amateur Championship. The first alternate was Tyler Joiner of Leesburg, Georgia, who shot 67-74-141. Joiner secured this alternate position by winning a playoff over Wilson Furr, of Jackson, Georgia. Furr finishes in the second alternate spot. The national tournament will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club, in Johns Creek, Georgia on August 11-17. We wish good luck to all players who qualified. For complete scores click here.


July 13, 2014- Ellis Runs Away With the Win at Greenwood

Greenwood- After three scorching days a winner has emerged. Alan Ellis has taken the title in his hometown after shooting three great rounds. His scores for each day were 66, 68, and 68, respectively for a three day total of 202. Ellis is continuing what has already been a great summer for him adding another win. In second place came the 2013 Greenwood Invitational champion Clay Homan of Starkville, MS. Homan shot rounds of 72, 65, and 71 for a three day total of 208. Walker J Swaney came in third place shooting a three day total of 215. Swaney shot 69, 74, and 72 each day respectively. The course was looking great and proved to be a challenge for our talented golfers. We thank the staff at Greenwood Country Club for hosting the event, and a special thanks to Randy Bensley for helping keep the tournament run smoothly. We also thank all the golfers who came out and competed in this special event. For complete scoring results, click here.


July 12, 2014- Ellis and Homan try to turn this into a two man race

Greenwood- Day two ended the same way that day one did, with the Greenwood native, Alan Ellis at the top of the leaderboard. Ellis fired a second round 68 to go with his first round 66, for a ten under total.

Ellis will have a three shot lead over defending champion Clay Homan. Homan shot the round of the tournament so far, in round two, with a seven under 65. In third place, after a great five under round on day two, is Belden resident Vince Hodges. Hodges was two over after the first round and is now three under for the tournament. Scott Rhodes, of Ridgeland, will round out the final foursome, after his 69-73 two under total. Ellis and Homan are four clear of the next player, so it will take some really good playing for the rest of the field to take down these two talented players. We are looking forward to watching this play out in tomorrow's third and final round. For complete results, flights and round three pairings click here.


July 11, 2014- Ellis takes an early lead in the Delta

Greenwood- The 67th Greenwood Invitational started off today with 158 players teeing it up at Greenwood Country Club and the course is in perfect shape.  It was nice and hot for all the players that were playing today with temperatures reaching almost in the 100's, but all the players kept hydrated and came in with some impressive scores. In the lead right now is Alan Ellis from Greenwood, MS he came in with an impressive six under par round of 67. One shot behind Alan is Austin Wilkey and he is also from Greenwood and he came in with another very impressive round of five under par 65. In 3rd place is Walker J Swaney from Oxford, Scott Milam from Tupelo, and Scott Rhodes from Ridgeland all 3 are tied at three under par just 3 shots behind the leader. Ricky Sims from Canton, MS had a hole-in-one on number 11 which is a very challenging hole to get an ace on but congradulations to Ricky for making it in 1. Tomorrow is going to be an eventful day with Alan Ellis holding a 1 shot lead Austin Wilkey right behind him and 3 players all tied for 3rd at three under. You can see all the scores from Round 1 by clicking here


June 28, 2014- Gowen Takes Home the Victory

Oxford- The 2014 Country Club of Oxford Invitational is in the books. On a day that started with a two hour rain delay, finished right at dark with temperatures close to mid 90’s.

Greg Gowen of Oxford was the only player to play both rounds under par. He shot 69-70-139 to win 3 shots. In second place Scotty Patterson of Pontotoc, shot 70-72-142. Rounding out the top three was Vince Hodges and Scott Milam, both from Tupelo, came in with a two day total of 143. Milam shot a final round 66 to tie the course record.

In our Senior Division we had an extremely tight race. Coming into today’s final round we had seven players within four strokes of the lead. When it was all said and done Rickey Riley of Fulton stood alone at the top. His 72-74-146 total, was enough to hold off the rest of the field. In second place was Joey Landrum of Ovett, MS. Joey shot a final round 76 to go with his first round 74 for a 150 total. In third place we had a tie between Greenwood’s Robert Pannell, and Greenville’s Bill Hood, who both came in with a two day total of 151.

In our Super Senior Division we had another really close race at the top. Danny Hooker of Pontotoc came in with the win, after his 73-74-147. In second place, right behind Mr. Hooker, was Oxford’s Pat Tatum, who came in with a final round 72. Coming in third place was Ed Williston, also from Oxford, who had a two day total of 151.

We want to send out a very special thank you to Ricky Hamilton and his staff here at the Country Club of Oxford. Everything this weekend was top class and tremendous service. Also to Jeremy Castle’s staff who even through rain delays, managed to keep the golf course in tip top shape. We look forward to many more Country Club of Oxford Invitationals in the future.


June 27, 2014- Gowen Takes the Lead in Oxford

Oxford- Today marked the first round of the first annual Country Club of Oxford Invitational. The golf course was in tip top shape as 108 players teed it up, to try to be the first ever winner of this event. After about an hour rain delay we, finally got all of the players in for round one.

Leading the Regular mens division is Greg Gowan, of Oxford, shot the low round of the tournament with a 3 under par 69. Scotty Patterson of Pontotoc was right behind him at a two under par 70. Rounding out our top three is Vince Hodges from Tupelo, who shot a one under par 71.

In the Senior Division we have a tie at the top. Rickey Riley, of Fulton, and Bill Hood, of Greenville, both came in with an even par 72. Two shots behind them is Joey Landrum, of Laurel, who finished with a 74.

In our Super Senior we have a log jam at the top of the leaderboard. Danny Hooker, of Pontotoc, is our leader with a one over par 73. Oxford’s Dick Ousley is right behind him with a two over 74. Also from Oxford, Ed Williston is still in the hunt after his 3 over par 75.

Tomorrow tee times will start at 8:00 am. We are looking forward to another exciting day of golf on this great golf course. Click here for tee times, flights, and scores. Good luck to all competitors.


June 22, 2014- Greenville Invitational ends with leaderboard familiar to 2013

Greenville- Another beautiful day saw the end of the Greenville Invitational. Alan Ellis from Greenwood, MS shot another round of 67 today to finish the tournament as champion with a score of 134.

Ellis has dominated this event in the past eight years with two wins and five second place finishes. In second place Robert Pannell from Greenwood, MS shot a round of 71 bringing him to a total of 139. Last years champion Eddie Brescher from Hattiesburg, MS came in third place with a tournament total of 140.

The Super Senior Division leaderboard featured some of the same names as last years tournament. The reigning Super Senior Champion Fred Brister from Jackson, MS retained his title after shooting another round of 69 today for a tournament total of 138. In second place, Ken Hogue from Fulton, MS shot a total of 142, making him the runner-up two years in a row. Tied for third at 145 was Bob Rupnik of Brandon, MS and Steve Larry of Greenwood, MS.

Overall, we had many great scores this weekend and some great competition. We would like to thank Greenville Country Club for hosting this event. Also we would like to send a special thanks to Steven Driggers for helping out with this event and making sure it ran smoothly.

For complete pairings and results click here.


June 21, 2014- Ellis leads at the Greenville Invitational

Greenville- The first round of the Greenville Invitational has to come to a close and Alan Ellis is our leader. Ellis of Greenwood is in first place with a score of 67. In second is Robert Pannell from Greenwood with a round of 68. Eddie Brescher from Hattiesburg is in third with a score of 70.

In the Super Senior division Fred Brister of Jackson and Steve Larry of Greenwood are tied for first with the score of 69. Mike Brown from Greenville is in third with a score of 70. Close behind in fourth is Bob Rupnik from Brandon with a score of 71. The course played beautifully today and we had some great scores. We are hoping to see the same competition tomorrow.

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June 15, 2014- Final Round of the Father-Son/Daughter Championship Closes on Father's Day

Jackson Metro Area- The third and final round of the Father-Son/Daughter Championship has come to a close with intense competition in each of our divisions. Patrick Farms Golf Club hosted the A division today and the team of Michael and Hunter Hammett came away as the champions after shooting a round of 58. In second place was Edward and David Wall who shot a 62 today.

Tied for third was Neil/Brandon Payne and Thomas/Tom Adams, both at 188 for tournament. A tournament low round of 57 was shot at Patrick Farms today by Austin and Allen Smithers. Also excitement came at Patrick Farms today when Bruce Clopton shot a hole in one on hole 4.

The Country Club of Canton hosted the B division today and our champion was Bill Bissell and Jay Watts, who combined for a total score of 195. Cameron and Zachary Smith were close behind coming in second with a total score of 196. Finishing third was Jesse and Michael Sunderman having a score totaling 198.

Deerfield Golf Club hosted the C and Father/Daughter divisions today and in the C division our champions were Andy Sumrall and Eddie Buckner who shot a total of 200 through the tournament. Second place went to Buddy and Steve McKay who came in at 203 overall and in third place was Paul and Uhl Payne who shot a 208. The reigning Father/Daughter Champions Scott and Reagan Rhodes retained their title as they finished first with a 196 overall score. In second place, Darian Stephens and Ken Hogue finished with a total score of 201. Finishing third was Amanda Clark and Jimmie Strickland coming in with a total of 207.

We here at the MGA would like to send out a special thanks to Bancorp South for sponsoring this event, without them this tournament would not be possible. Thanks goes out to the golf courses who hosted the tournament, Patrick Farms, CC of Canton, and Deerfield. We would also like to thank all competitors in this event, and wish a happy Father's Day to all dads out there. For complete pairings and results click here.


June 14, 2014- Father-Son/Daughter Round 2 Update

Day two of the Father-Son/Daughter tournament was a major success. We had another fantastic day of play in all four divisions.The  A Division played at Canton Country Club  and Michael and Hunter Hammet are leading with after shooting twelve under par today. Edward and David Wall are in second after shooting nine under par. Brent and Chase Saunders are tied at third with Tom and Thomas Adams they have a total score of 125. The B Division played at Deerfield Golf Club today and Mr. Cameron and Zachary Laird Smith are leading with a total score of 127(63)(64). There are two teams tied at second place Brady and Lance Stevens with a total score of 132(65)(67) and Jay and Bill Bissel with a 62 the first day and a 70 the second day. The C Division played at Patrick Farms today and Eddie and Andy Sumrall have the lead right now with a total score of twelve under par. In second place Uhl and Paul Payne have a total score of nine under par, and Buddy and Steve McCay are in third with an overall score of eight under par. The Father/Daughter division played at Patrick Farms also and Reagan and Scott Rhodes are leading with a total score of fourteen under par. Darian Stephens and Ken Hogue are in second with a total score of eleven under par, and Jammie Strickland and Amanda Clark are in third place with a total score of nine under par. Thanks to all the staff at the golf courses that are helping with this tournament. We wish all players good luck on Sunday. For complete pairings and results click here.


June 13, 2014 - Father-Son/Daughter Off to a Great Start

Jackson Metro Area- Day one of the Father- Son/Daughter tournament is in the books. We had some fantastic play in each of the four division, in today’s opening round. The A division started their tournament at Deerfield Golf Club today. Edward and David Wall have taken an early lead with a 12 under 60. Right behind them is Hunter and Michael Hammett, who shot an 11 under par 61. There are four teams tied at 8 under par 64.

The B division played at Patrick Farms Golf club today. The team of Blake and Jimmy Powell have the early lead after their opening round 61. Right behind them is the team of Bill Bissell and Jay Watts with a ten under par 62. Rounding out the top three is team of Zach and Cameron Smith, who shot an opening round 63.

The C Division started their tournament at the Country Club of Canton. We have a tie at the top of the leaderboard between Paul and Uhl Payne and Andy Sumrall and Eddie Buckner after their opening rounds of 3 under par 69. Right behind them is the father/son duo of Steve and Buddy McKay, who shot a 2 under par 70.

Also playing in Canton today, was our Father/Daughter flight. The defending champions, Scott and Reagan Rhodes, find themselves at the top of the leaderboard again after their opening 66. Amanda Clark and Jimmie Strickland are close behind them, after their opening 67. Rounding out the top three is Ken Hogue and Darian Stephens, who shot a 69 to start their tournament.

Tomorrow’s tournament will get started at 8:30am with the A division at the Country Club of Canton, B Division at Deerfield Golf Club, and the C Division and Father/Daughter Division at Patrick Farms Golf Club.

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June 8, 2014 - Beale Holds off Brescher and Becomes the 2014 Champion

Choctaw, MS- It came down to the last hole, Pass Christian's Nick Beale had a one shot lead over Hattiesburg's Eddie Brescher III standing on the 18th tee box. With Beale missing a short putt on the 18th green, Brescher had a five foot putt, to send the 99th State Amateur Championship into a playoff. Without hesitation Brescher stepped up to the putt and did just that, both players finished the tournament at 7 under par.

The playoff started on hole number one and both players hit great drives. The cross-handed, Beale was the first to play and hit the shot of the tournament, by almost holing it from 180 yards. Brescher also found the green, but had a tricky thirty footer for his birdie. After Brescher missed his putt, Beale tapped his in for birdie. The first playoff hole was all he needed to be crowned the 99th Mississippi State Amateur Champion.

We want to say congratulation to both players on their outstanding play throughout the week, here at Dancing Rabbit.

Coming in third place was Olive Branch's Braden Thornberry, who shot a final round 74 and finishd the tournament at 4 under par. In fourth place was Connor Davis, also from Olive Branch, who shot a final round 69 to finish at 3 under for the tournament. Rounding out our top five was our four time champion Clay Homan. Homans final round of 73 put him at 2 under for the four days.

We would also like to say thank you to Mark Powell and all of the staff here at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club for an outstanding tournament. The course was in great shape, and we would not have been able to do this without you. We look forward to many more events at Dancing Rabbit. Don't forget that next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Mississippi State Amateur, and that will be held at the Country Club of Jackson. We hope to see everyone there next year.

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June 7, 2014 - Beale Remains Alone at the Top of the Competition after Round Three

Choctaw, MS - Round three of the 2014 Mississippi State Amateur has ended today showing the same name atop the leaderboard. Nick Beale from Pass Christian, MS shot an even 72 today to remain at -7 for the tournament. Close behind Nick at -6 is Braden Thornberry from Olive Branch, MS who also shot an even 72 today to remain at -6 for the tournament.

In third following the leaders is Eddie Brescher III from Hattiesburg, MS. Eddie is at -5 overall and shot an even 72 today as well.

Four time champion Clay Homan shot a 75 today, bringing him to -3 overall, while fellow past champion Fletcher Johnson shot the low round of the day today with a 68, bringing him to +4 for the tournament. Another notable is Andy Ogletree, A junior player who shot a round of 70 today to bring him to +1 overall.

We head in to round four of the tournament tomorrow with a tightly packed leaderboard with eight players at par or below for the tournament. The 2014 championship is still up for grabs and it will be exciting to find out which player comes out on top tomorrow.

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June 6, 2014 - Beale Sits at the Top after Round Two

Choctaw, MS - Round two of the 2014 Misssissippi State Amateur has come to an end and 64 players have made the cut. The player that everyone is chasing is the crosshanded swinging, Nick Beale, from Pass Christian, MS.

Nick fired a three under par 69 in round one, and managed to beat that score by one today. Beale sits atop the leaderboad one shot in front of four time champion Clay Homan, Poplarville's Hayes Weathersby, and Olive Branch's Braden Thornberry. Eddie Brescher III of Hattiesburg has closed the gap, he had after round one, by firing a four under 68 in round two. Weathersby owns the round of the tournament, so far, after his second round six under par 66. Even through a small rain delay, Hayes was able to make it around the course with only one bogey and seven birdies.

The Charles Green Trophy goes to the two players from the same club with the lowest combine score. This year's winner goes to Hayden Buckley and Noah West of Tupelop Country Club. Buckley has shot 69-73-142, and West as fired a 75-72-144. Congratulations to both players in representing Tupelo Country Club.

This year's cut was set at eleven over par, 155. We will go into the weekend with 64 players remaining in the field. The top twelve players in the field are all even par or better, so this weekend is guaranteed to be full of excitement as we crown our 99th State Amateur champion.

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June 5, 2014 - Homan and Elliott low in Opening Round at State Amateur

Choctaw, MS - Four time State Amateur Champion, Clay Homan, took an early lead this morning with a 67. Homan posted four birdies, a bogey, and an eagle on seventeen to close out the first low round. Late in the day, Justin Elliott of Hattiesburg, tossed in a low 67 to tie up the lead. Elliott picked up speed on the second nine holes with five birdies.

Homans experience at the top of the leaderboard, with four Amateur titles, certainly places him in a good position to hold onto his first round lead. Homan and Elliott are awarded the Mike Magee Memorial Trophy for their finish against the field as medalist for the opening round.

2012 Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion, Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, started hot with five birdies on his first seven holes. Thornberry cruised through sixteen and seventeen with birdies to stay low and hold his finish in third. 

With 152 players in the field, David Griffin sailed to the top of the senior competitors. Griffin posted a low, one under par in the opening round. There are many birdies and eagles out there on the course waiting to be claimed. Following thirty six holes of play the field will be cut to the low sixty and ties. The Azalea Course here at Dancing Rabbit is a true test of the most experienced golfers here in Mississippi.

Many thanks to Director of Golf, Mark Powell and the staff of the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club and Pearl River Resort for their hospitality in welcoming the best of Mississippi. The course was well prepared for the championship and we thank superintendent, Mike Stupica, for his long hours in preparation. We look forward to crowninig a champion following play on Sunday and determining who was able to stand the test of the Azalea course here at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.

For complete results and final round pairings, click here.


June 1, 2014 - Oakley Defends the Title and Sims Takes another Senior Title

Senatobia, MS- T. Robert Oakley held onto his lead to take his sixth title at the Back Acres Invitational. Oakley had a one stroke lead going into the final round and fired a nice 70 today to place him four strokes ahead of the field.

Zack Pritchett slipped in the tough conditions of Sunday's round and scored a 73. Pritchett kept his second place position on the leaderboard with his finish at three-under par for the tournament. With Oakley taking the title at the past six inviationals, he is certainly setting some records for the books here at Back Acres Country Club.

The final round was all tied up in the Senior Division with Mike Pharr of Senatobia and Ricky Sims of Canton both finishing at 149. Sims and Pharr proceeded to the first hole for a playoff, where Sims won out with a birdie to take the Senior Champion Title. Defending Champion, Gary Oakley and Mark Rowan were not able to hold onto their place at the top of the leaderboard. Rowan finished in third and Oakley came in fourth.

Many thanks to the membership at Back Acres for continuing a successful invitational. Head Golf Professional, Buck Matheny, is again recognized for hosting a great tournament that was enjoyed by all. Looking forward to the next invitational where history will be written once again. Many congratultions to the entire field; we look forward to seeing you again in 2015. 

For complete results and final round pairings, click here.


May 31, 2014 - Oakley's at it Again

Senatobia, MS- The Back Acres Invitational began this morning with many asking the question, "Will the Oakley's win again?" T. Robert is going for a sixth win here at the Country Club while his father finds some more competition in the Senior Division. Back Acres member, T. Robert Oakley has won the past five Back Acres Invitationals and came out strong today to prove he still has it.

Oakley fired the usual this morning on his home course, an easy 67. With only one stroke to make up, Zack Pritchett posted a strong 68 today to put him in second place going into the final round. Also going under par, Matt Cooper and Matt McConnell, will join Oakley and Pritchett in the final pairing of the Back Acres Invitational.

T. Robert's father, Gary Oakley took on the senior divsion field of fourteen and had only one to challenge his defense of the title. Back Acres member, Mark Rowan posted a 71 to tie Oakley for the first round. Rowan and Oakley will be in final senior pairing Sunday morning with two other notable senior golfers, Ricky Sims (72) and Mike Pharr (73). Bill Hood is also within close contention after posting a 73 today. With five golfers all within two strokes of the lead, tomorrow's senior division could be a close competition.

Many thanks to the club and Buck Matheny for hosting such a fine championship.

For complete results and final round pairings, click here.


May 10, 2014 - Arkansas Returns for the Win at Governor's Cup

Greenville, MS- Arkansas comes out strong for singles matches in the 2014 Governor's Cup at Greenville Country Club. After Mississippi took 11.5 in Four-Ball and Foursome matches to Arkansas's 8.5, they knew they had to return Saturday with determination to win. In the senior matches this morning, Arkansas came out strong with eight points to Mississippi senior's two points.

Final results from the singles matches gave Arkansas the win with twenty-two points to Mississippi's eighteen. Congratulations to both teams and certainly to Arkansas for their outstanding performance.

Again, many thanks to Greenville Country Club staff for an outstanding welcome to both Team Mississippi and Team Arkansas. Professional, Steven Driggers, and superintendent, Mike Kent, went above and beyond to prepare a wonderful championship. Thanks to the amateurs from both Arkansas and Mississippi for making the trip to Greenville and safe travels home. See you all next May in the tenth annual Governor's Cup.

For complete results please visit the Governor's Cup Homepage.


May 9, 2014 - Mississippi Amateurs take the Lead in Greenville at Governor's Cup

Greenville, MS- The Governor's Cup was off to a wet start this morning at Greenville Country Club. Storms rolled through the delta overnight and only lead to an hour delay in the shotgun start of Four-Ball matches this morning. Matches headed to their tee at 9AM this Friday morning as the course began to dry. As matches came in, Arkansas and Mississippi were all square with five points awarded to both teams.

Following a good country club lunch, the afternoon matches were off again for Foursome play. Mississippi took an early lead this afternoon with Mississippi's six and a half points to Arkansas's three and a half points. Final results from the first day of the Governor's Cup puts Mississippi ahead with 11.5 points to Arkansas with 8.5 points. With 20 points still available in singles matches the status of the Cup will be determined following tomorrow morning matches. Defending Champions, Mississippi amateurs are off to a good start here at Greenville Country Club.

Many thanks to Head Golf Professional, Steven Driggers, for his hospitality and hosting a first-class event. Head Golf Course Superintendent, Mike Kent, prepared a championship course to welcome the elite amateur golfers to the state of Mississippi and we thank him for that.

For complete results please visit the Governor's Cup Homepage.


May 1, 2014- State Amateur Qualifiers Cancelled

Jackson, MS-The State Amateur Qualifiers have been cancelled, including the open qualifier on June 2. All players who entered a qualifer prior to the deadline will advance to the State Amateur Championship at Dancing Rabbit GC, June 5-8. Registration will open today at 3:00 pm for players to pay the balance of their entry fee. The balance of the entry fee is $195 ($202 if paying with a credit or debit card). Players may register online or print an entry form off of the website. Please feel free to call our office if you have questions about the 2014 State Amateur Championship. We look forward to seeing everyone at Dancing Rabbit GC in June.


April 27, 2014-State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior 4-Ball shortened to 36 holes

Tupelo, MS-Mother nature took control of the final round of the State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior 4-Ball at Tupelo CC on Sunday. The first suspension was called at 8:47 am. After a 5 hour and 13 minute weather delay, the tournament committee attempted to get nine holes completed for all the divisions. Play resumed at 2:00 pm. Another weather delay was called at 2:45 pm. The Senior and Super Senior Divisions never got a chance to tee it up on Sunday.  The second suspension included heavy rain, hail, and dangerous lightening. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes at 3:15 pm, when it was determined that the third round could not be completed as planned.

 

The 2014 State Four-Ball title went to Edward Wall and Zach Longgrear who held onto their lead from the first round. Naaman and Ellis took home the runner up title at two back of Wall and Longgrear. The Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball had co-champions, since a playoff was impossible. The team of Stan Hall and Robert Pannell shared the title with the team of Jud Vance and Danny Hooker. Their score of 6 under par was one stroke better than the runner up team of David Griffin and Mike Thompson.

The Bill Cass Super Senior title went to Mike Pharr and Gerald Chatham, Sr. Randy Pool and Kelly Swain of Northwood CC took home the Super Senior Runner up title at four under par-140. Pharr and Chatham now hold the both the Bill Cass Senior FOur-Ball title and the Bill Cass Super Senior title.

 

Congrats to all the teams and a special thank you to the members and Staff at Tupelo Country Club for a great championship!

 


April 26, 2014- Super Seniors, Chatham and Pharr, hold Their Gound at the Bill Cass Super Senior Four-Ball

Tupelo, MS- Representing Back Acres Country Club, team Mike Pharr and Gerald Chatham have come to Tupelo to win. After posting the first round low score, they remain in the lead moving into the final round on Sunday. The team is now at six-under and two strokes ahead of Randy Pool and Kelly Swain. Pool and Swain have played consistently with two rounds at two-under par and going for a third.

Longgrear and Wall stay in the lead following the second round of the State Four-Ball Championship, despite a higher score of five-under to bring them to a total of thirteen-under. Michael Naaman and Alan Ellis, both of Greenwood, brought the heat in the second round. Naaman and Ellis fired a seven-under, 64 to bring them within two of the lead and eleven-under for the Championship.

Things are tied up at the top of the leaderboard for the Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball. Robet Pannell and Stan Hall are tied at six-under with Jud Vance and Danny Hooker. Defending champions, Mike Thompson and David Griffin sit just one behind of the lead at five-under. Thompson and Griffin do have local knowledge on their side to start the final round of the Senior Four-Ball.

Thank you to Tupelo for bringing another beautiful day of championship golf to Mississippi amateurs. We look forward to our final round on Sunday and awarding the championship teams of the Four-Ball, Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball and Bill Cass Super Senior Four-Ball Championships.

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April 25, 2014- Great Start at the 2014 State Four-Ball and Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball Championships

Tupelo, MS- The first round of the Four-Ball and Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball Championship was underway this morning at the beautiful and historic Tupelo Country Club. Jud Vance and Danny Hooker took an early lead in the Senior Division to begin the morning wave. The team posted three-under par, 69 which puts them one ahead of teams Sandifer/Smith and Pannell/Hall. 

Similarly, in the Super Senior Division, Mike Pharr and Gerald Chatham, both of Hernando are at the top of the leaderboard with a three-under par, 69. Randy Pool and Kelly Swain are biting at their heels with only one stroke to make up which would pull them into contention for the Super Senior title.

Jumping to a quick lead in the Regular Division, Edward Wall and Zach Longgrear, posted the low first round of the Championship with an eight-under, 64. With five birdies on the second nine holes, Wall and Longgrear secured their position on the leaderboard. Defending Champions, Justin Elliott and Steve Wilson, are two behind the lead at six-under. Elliott and Wilson are in a good place to make a run on the championship as past champions and with Steve Wilson is coming off a win at the Old Waverly Invitational, they are certainly playing well this season.

Many thanks to Jim Kwasinski for his preparation of the course, despite the cool winter season that the state experienced. Tournament Director, Don Hershfelt, of Tupelo had many good things to say about the course and has been planning for many weeks to ensure a challenging, yet friendly course setup. Many thanks to Tupelo for welcoming the Mississippi Golf Association and these 144 amateurs of the State of Mississippi.

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April 13, 2014- Thompson, Wilson and Mills take home the Title

West Point, MS - Mike Thompson, of Belden, kept his lead in the Super Senior Division and finished strong to round out the final round. Thompson posted an easy seventy-five, to keep him four strokes ahead of the first round leader, Ed Barnett. Barnett, of Memphis, finished seven over par tournament total.

Following the awards presentation in the Senior Division, it was brought to the attention of the Rules Committee that the crowned Champion had signed for an incorrect scorecard. Mr. Sanford noticed after he had left the course that it was posted incorrectly and he returned to Old Waverly to give back his winnings. This was the act of a true gentleman and honest golfer. We appreciate his honesty and wish him the best in the next amateur tournament.

The Senior Title was then awarded to Chris Mills, of Tupelo, as he posted the low round of seventy in the final day. Mills shaved off nine strokes from his second round posting of seventy-nine. Following Mills, in second place was Robert Willis, of Grenada. Willis finished six over par bringing him within two strokes of the lead.

Steve Wilson held onto his lead despite a hard final round. Wilson has been playing well this Spring and continued to grind Sunday to stay on top. The final leaderboard had Wilson at two-under par and Tyler Hitchner one stroke behind. Tied for third in the Championship flight was Damon Palmer and Rickey Riley. Riley had a memorable round as this was his fiftieth birthday. Congratulations and thank you to all the competitors.

Many thanks to the Old Waverly staff for their preparation for the invitational and their welcoming of over one-hundred amateurs to West Point, MS. We look forward to future invitationals at Old Waverly and will welcome you back next spring.

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April 12, 2014 - Wilson reliving his Masters Experience in the Second Round of the Old Waverly Invitational

West Point, MS - Steve Wilson, of Ocean Springs, came out hot in the second round at Old Waverly. As the 2009 US Mid Amateur Champion, Wilson was invited to play in the Masters. Being that the invitational falls on the same weekend, Wilson is sure to have some wonderful memories. Wilson fired a 69 in the second round pulling him ahead on the leaderboard by one stroke at four-under.

Rickey Riley sits one behind in the championship flight at three-under total and Richard Reed is in third at two-under.

In the Senior Division, Robert Sanford remains in the lead after his one-under, 71. Sanford has two strokes on Barry Stafford who is one-over par.

Super Senior competitor, Mike Thompson, has found his game. Thompson, of Tupelo, posted a 68 to pull to the lead and put him at even par for the tournament. Ed Barnett has played consistently well and shot even par for the second round of play.

Thanks to the entire Old Waverly staff for a great invitational. Superintendent, Brad Suggs, has prepared a challenging course for the amateur field. Chris Jester and Greg Flannagan prepared a great invitational once again. The field size has grown from the 2013 field and the number in the super senior field has doubled. Remember to follow us tomorrow to see how the invitational finishes.

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April 11, 2014 - Crowd on the Leaderboard at the Old Waverly Invitational

West Point, MS - Four sit at the top of the leaderboard following the opening round of the Old Waverly Invitational. Riley, Hitchner, Palmer and Wilson all fired a one-under, 71 to start the third annual invitational. This is certainly a concentrated leaderboard with many in contention for the honor of champion.

With a field of twenty-seven in the senior division, only two came in under par. Barry Stafford, of Memphis, fired a two under par. Chris Mills, of Tupelo, came in one stroke away from the lead. Many great amateur players in the senior division with plenty of ambition to make a run for the title.

One of the largest Super Senior fields here at Old Waverly is certainly one with many great players. Ed Barnett, also of Memphis, posted a 74 this afternoon and will begin his second round tomorrow morning.

Old Waverly staff has been tirelessly working to bring the course to playing conditions following a large rain at the start of the week. Old Waverly staff sends many thanks to the field of amateurs who are in the field this weekend.

The second round will start at 7:30 Saturday morning. We look forward to another beautiful day for golf. The field will be flighted by division following play of 36 holes.

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March 23, 2014 - Snow does it again at the 2014 Mid Am Championship

Hattiesburg, MS - Snow comes from two behind to take his third Mississippi Mid Am Champion title (2009 and 2013). Posting a score of 70 in the final round was good enough to edge Lampley out of the lead. As defending champion, Snow was aware of what was necessary to secure the win and that is just what he did with his 54 hole total at 8 under par. 

Southern Miss collegiate golfer, Ben Snow, is comfortable with the often difficult conditions at Hattiesburg Country Club. The falling temperatures and damp conditions proved to be more of a grueling setting for the rest of the field. Lampley returned his highest score over the 54 holes of 75, finishing tied for second with Brandon Laird. Laird picked up momentum in the final round with a 71 and only three strokes away from the title. 

Low seniors of the championship ended up in a tie at sixteenth place. Ricky Sims of Canton and David Griffin of Tupelo shot eight over par, 224, to secure their spot at the top of the senior points for this championship. 

Many were present to congratulate Snow on his win and also to recognize the runner-up and medalist. The Randy Sullivan Memorial Medalist trophy was awarded to another Southern Miss collegiate golfer, Joel Myrick, for his first round score of 68. Myrick, of Hattiesburg, finished in seventh place overall with scores of 68, 70 and 80. Once again the difficult conditions in the final round were proven by Myrick's rare performance on that final eighteen holes. 

Congratulations to the entire Mid Amateur field, we hope to see you return to the tee in future 2014 championships. 

Once again, we thank Hattiesburg CC staff and especially, David and Frank for preparing a championship course for these amateur golfers. The club is always very welcoming and a great asset to golf in Mississippi. 

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March 22, 2014 - Lampley goes Low in the Second Round of the Mid Am

Hattiesburg, MS - Josh Lampley of Gulfport fired a low tournament round, 64, placing him in the top of the field moving into the final round of the Mid Amateur Championship. Lampley sits at 8 under for the tournament while Michael Hammett, Ben Snow and Joel Myrick are two strokes back and all tied for second. Lampley will have to hold his own as the three competitors nipping at his heels are all local Hattiesburg golfers.

Of the senior golfers in the field, David Griffin, remains in the lead with a consecutive 71 in the second round. Ricky Sims follows close behind as a senior golfer, firing a 69 and placing him tied for twelfth in Mid Am field. Many low rounds throughout the second day of the championship bring the field into close contention to start the final round.

A second beautiful day for the Mississippi amateur field. With forecasted rain moving into the Hattiesburg area overnight, the champion may be determined amid wet conditions. Leaders are in high spirits and eager to crown a champion on Sunday. Many thanks to all golfers for competing in this year's Mid Amateur Championship.

Please continue to review the MGA website for announcements concerning the weather on Sunday.

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March 21, 2014 - Myrick takes a quick lead at the Mid Amateur Championship

Hattiesburg, MS - The Mississippi amateur golf season kicked off this morning at Hattiesburg Country Club with the opening round of the Mid Amateur Championship. The unseasonably cool winter is over and golf season was welcomed with sunny skies and beautiful mid-70 temperatures.

Joel Myrick of Hattiesburg certainly used his local knowledge to his advantage and fired a 68 to secure his place in the lead. Myrick is awarded the Randy Sullivan Memorial Medalist trophy for his play in the opening round.

The leaderboard is stacked with great amateur golf names. Defending champion, Ben Snow, sits one behind at 69. Snow sits in a good place and will certainly be in contention for the remainder of the championship. Within two strokes of the lead sit three amateurs, Steve Wilson, Casey Ham and Michael Hammett. The three are tied for the lead only two strokes away, 70.

Congratulations to the field of 63 competitors for their performance during the opening round of the championship. The low senior of the first round is David Griffin, who is right in the mix at one under, 71. With 21 senior golfers in the field Griffin sits in a great position to be in the top ten of the 2014 championship.

Thank you to the Hattiesburg Country Club for preparing a championship course and welcoming these amateur golfers of Mississippi. We look forward to great golf over the weekend. The Mid Amateur Champion will be awarded on Sunday following the 54 holes of play. 

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March 14, 2014-Mid Amateur Championship Next Week

Hattiesburg, MS-The 2014 Mid Amateur Championship will be played March 21-23, at Hattiesburg CC. This is the third year of a three year deal at Hattiesburg Country Club. Don Hershfelt reports that  Hattiesburg CC is in great condition and ready for a championship weekend. 

Defending champion, Ben Snow will be looking for a repeat and a third career Mid Amateur title. The top 10-2014 Mid Am finishers earn an exemption for the 2014 MS State Amateur Championship. The deadline is Monday, March 17 ath 4:00 pm and the entry fee is $210 ($218 if paid  by credit/debit card). The entry fee includes cart, range, golf, for three tournament rounds. Register online today! 


January 29, 2014 - MGA Feature Player of the Week, Steve Wilson

Ocean Springs, MS - Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs is not only this week's player of the year, but also the reigning State Amateur Champion. After snatching the title at Grand Bear Golf Course last June, Steve will return this year to compete for more titles, as well as go for a back-to-back win at the State Am.

Steve Wilson is an incredible player and holds many accomplishments. He was our 2007 and 2008 Player of the Year, not to mention he qualified for and won the USGA Mid-Amateur in 2008. With many top ten finishes, Steve Wilson has a game that you don't want to miss watching. Playing in a good number of our events, he is a competitive player and is smart on the course. This year he carded rounds of 70-71-67-71 to edge out Eddie Brescher III by 3 strokes at the State Am. Steve's career is certainly far from over. He has a lot left to accomplish and we know with the determination and drive he has, obtaining the goals he has set certainly won't be an issue for him. He'll come back this 2014 with a passion to keep winning, and we don't expect much less from him.  

Congratulations again on your State Am title, Steve, and we look forward to what 2014 has in store for you! 


January 22, 2014 - MGA Feature Player of the Week, Grant Goforth

Batesville, MS - Grant Goforth of Batesville, MS is a recent graduate of Delta State University. He began his collegiate career at Northwest Mississippi CC and finished up at Delta State. At Northwest he had six top five finishes, and made second team All-America.

During his Junior year at Delta State, he became just the second player in Delta State University history to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship as an individual. He also finished 71st at NCAA National Championship, finished as the top individual qualifier out of the South/Southeast Region after finishing fourth overall with a 216 after closing out the regional with a 2-under par 70 on the events final day, claimed a fourth place finish at the Gulf South Conference Championship, finished season with eight top 20 finishes, and was named All-Gulf South Conference and NCAA All-American. Grant also earned Golf Collegiate Coaches Association Academic All-American honors and was named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll. That was just his Junior year too. Since finishing at Delta State, Grant has been preparing to begin his pro career. Ending his amateur career, he played in the MS Cup Matches in Tunica this year. He plays in many MGA events, and has come as close as 2nd place in the State Amateur, in 2012 finishing barely behind Clay Homan.
We know Grant has great things ahead of him and are certainly excited to see what all he can accomplish in the years to come. Good Luck Grant!


January 15, 2014 - MGA Feature Player of the Week, Fred Brister

Jackson, MS - The player of the week is Fred Brister, a resident of Jackson and a member at the Country Club of Jackson. Fred is our most recent Super Senior Amateur Champion, after claiming the title in this year's Senior Amateur held at Tunica National.

He posted rounds of 69-74-72 to edge out Lynn Pippin by three strokes. Fred might be in the Super Senior Division, but don't let that fool you. He can still card excellent rounds of even and under par, like he did in this year's Senior Amateur. Fred is a joy to be around and a member we thoroughly enjoy having in our events. He plays in a good many of our tournaments and is definitely one you will enjoy playing with, if ever given the opportunity.
We also thank Fred for his commitment to the MGA Board of Directors for many years. We appreciate his continued support of Golf in Mississippi.
Thanks Fred for your hard work and we are excited about what 2014 will bring for your game!


January 8, 2014 - MGA Feature Player of the Week, Lane Pippin

Ocean Springs, MS - Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs is our Player of the Week! He is originally from Kentucky, and plays in several of our MGA events here. A winner of the 2002 State Amateur, Lane has accomplished many other feats throughout his membership with the MGA. Here is a little more about Lane, from his perspective.  

"I was born in Kentucky and starting playing golf with my dad and brother, when I was ten we moved to Ocean Springs and lived on a golf course. I started playing everyday and was fortunate to participate in a great junior program that produced a number of good college players. I played college golf at two universities. I started at South Alabama and finished at Ole Miss. Both teams had a lot of talent and good coaching that helped me develop my game.  Winning tournaments validates the hard work I put into my game, but I am most proud of the relationships that have come from golf. First and most important are my parents. They funded my golf and supported me everyday. They attended the majority of my junior and college tournaments encouraging me to play my best. I am very grateful they sacrificed their time and lots of money so I could play golf. Second are my friends. I enjoy getting to play on weekends and in tournaments with them.  I really don't have any goals that I am trying to accomplish in golf anymore. Besides winning professionally, I have won the tournaments that meant the most to me. The State Amateur, the Trustmark, my childhood golf courses four ball with my dad as my partner, and an individual tournament in my parent's hometown with my grandparents there to see it are the most special to me."

Good Luck to Lane in our 2014 season! We know you will bring your best game to the field!


January 1, 2014 - MGA Feature Player of the Week, Kevin Brady

Brandon, MS - Kevin Brady is a Senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and has been a member of their Men's Golf team from the beginning of his Freshman year. Kevin is one of our former MJGA players, so we have had the chance to watch him grow in his game.

Originally from Brandon, Kevin grew up competing in our tournaments with several of his buddies who are/have been collegiate golfers as well. He enjoyed the MJGA as it gave him a chance to be competitive, but also to see players he normally wouldn't get to during high school golf. We still get to see a good bit of him as he

comes back to play in some of our MGA events, and always plays in the Father-Son tournament with his dad. Kevin has had several 4th place finishes in his college career, and has yet to claim the title, however, he says it is more important to him to come away with a team victory than an individual win. Here's a little background info on Kevin!   

"I started playing golf as soon as I could. I had a club in my hand before I could even walk. My dad said he didn't push me into it, one day he saw me in the back yard with one of his clubs trying to hit a golf ball. I just liked to go play with my dad and brothers and ended up getting pretty good at it. I think my first event was qualifying for the U.S. Kids World at Castlewoods CC when I was 10... we only played nine holes but I shot 37 and won. 

I'm mostly proud of being the guy that people were excited to be playing with. I'm not the type of person to have a bad attitude/cuss or break my own clubs like it's their fault I hit it left...Haha. When I was growing up playing I learned very quickly that that was not okay from big daddy (Mr. Brady).

I'm very happy with my college choice. I couldn't be happier with my team/coach/school/sponsors and the course. If it wasn't for MJGA then I don't know where I would be today.  I'm not sure where I see myself going with my game. I would like to get on Tour but who doesn't.. .but I'm not the kind of person to tell myself I'm good enough and end of wasting a bunch of money when I'm really not at that level."  

For now, we wish Kevin the best of luck as he finishes out his golf career with USM and the Golden Eagles, and we look forward to seeing him at a few of our events in 2014!