MGA News of 2016

Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss Sophomore, earns October’s “Amateur of the Month” Title from the Southern Golf Association.

Birmingham, AL (November 21, 2016) – Collegiate golfer Braden Thornberry, currently ranked by the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings as 74th in the Nation, has been named Amateur of the Month (October) by the Southern Golf Association (SGA).

Thornberry had a stellar month, taking the title at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational and finished T4 at the Marquette Intercollegiate.  

In addition to taking the title at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, Thornberry’s tournament total for the event of 18-under 198 broke the three-round school record of 203, while his second-round score of 8-under-par 66 set not only the school record but was also a career low.

Winners of the SGA’s monthly award are determined by a blue-ribbon national panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists.  Now in its 14th season, notable recipients have been Bill Haas, Michelle Wie, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, J. B. Holmes, Webb Simpson, Rhys Davies, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Fortin-Simard, Rickie Fowler, Danny Lee, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alice Hewson, and more recently Lee McCoy & Aaron Wise. 

The SGA supports amateur golf at the highest level, including staging of the storied Southern Amateur, as well as the Southern Junior Championship.


November 12-13, 2016- Canebrake Country Club takes home the 2016 Bryan Cup

West Point, MS- The 2016 Bryan Cup Team Club Championship took place this weekend at Old Waverly Country Club in West Point, MS. Both mornings were brisk but they turned out to be great days for some golf. There was some great competition between the club teams, as several, including Canbrake CC, Annandale CC, Old Waverly CC, and one of Castlewoods CC's teams, took an early lead after day 1. As the individual standings go, both Neil Trimm and Noah West took the lead with scores of 69 (-3) after the first round. Day 2 got kicked into high gear with the teams trying to get the number one spot. In the end, Canebrake held onto the lead and took home the cup. Old Waverly had both of their teams place in the top 4, along with one of the Castlewoods' teams. Neil Trimm placed first individually for the Regular Division and Chris Lemley for the Senior Division. We would like to thank Greg Flannagan and everyone at Old Waverly Country Club for hosting The Bryan Cup and we look forward to next year's event!


October 25, 2016 - Winner of MS State Amateur will earn spot in 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship

Jackson, MS– For the first time in years the winner of the State Amateur Championship will secure a spot in the field of the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship, tournament officials announced at a press conference earlier today. The 2017 State Amateur Championship, hosted by the Mississippi Golf Association, is scheduled for June 1-4, 2017, at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, MS. The field size is limited to 120 players.

The Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. “This is an exciting development for our state’s amateurs to be able to compete for the chance of playing in a PGA TOUR event,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for the State Amateur champion to join the Sanderson Farms Championship field and support the Mississippi Golf Association at the same time,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “This will provide a new level of excitement for the State Am
participants to know they have a shot at representing Mississippi while playing alongside the world’s best golfers.” ”A majority of Century Club members are golfers,” said Peter Marks, president of Century Club Charities. “Our membership believes it’s very important to promote golf in Mississippi, and one of the best ways to do that is give the top state amateurs the incentive to qualify for the premier golfing event in Mississippi, the Sanderson Farms Championship.” Margo Coleman, executive director of the Mississippi Golf Association, agreed. “We are thrilled to partner with the largest professional sporting event in Mississippi in order to promote the game of golf throughout our state,” she said.

About Mississippi Golf Association
The Mississippi Golf Association was formed and exists for the purpose of promoting and conserving throughout the state of Mississippi the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions, and thereby promoting the common good and general welfare of the people of the state of Mississippi. 

About Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its sixth year as a part of
the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.
About Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $11 million for statewide charities.

About Sanderson Farms
Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 13,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 13 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything they do, not only where products are concerned, but company-wide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity, and innovation that was established when the Sanderson
family founded the company in 1947.


October 23, 2016 - Amateurs tie things up to keep the Ralph Hershfelt Cup for Another Season

Greenwood, Mississippi - Amateurs came out a bit cold in four-ball matches on Saturday against the Mississippi PGA members. The pros gained a point on the amateurs, making the score 3.5 to 2.5 moving into the afternoon's foursome matches. However, the amateurs recognized what needed to be done and got to work in the afternoon. Matches won by foursome teams, Lampley/Reed, Oller/Ellis, Rhodes/Sellers and Laird/Naaman allowed amateurs to gain a point on the professionals. Amateurs won four out of the six points available in foursome matches.

Singles on Sunday truly came down to the final matches with the MPGA gaining speed on the Amateurs up until the very final match. The singles matches finished with the MPGA winning one more point than amateurs, making the final score twelve to twelve. With a tie in the overall score, the Mississippi Golf Association amateurs will retain the Ralph Hershfelt for another season.

Many thanks to Greenwood Country Club for hosting the matches. Head Golf Professional, Robert Smith and MPGA director, Robert Brown, certainly made both teams feel welcome and were great to work with. The Mississippi Golf Association is thankful for the comaraderie amongst the Mississippi PGA Members and will continue to foster this relationship moving forward. Our Mississippi professionals are vital to the state of golf and we thank them for their tireless efforts to the grow the game. 

For complete results, click here.


September 30, 2016 - Great Performance for Mississippi at State Team Championship

Birmingham, Alabama- The Mississippi Golf Association proudly sent three of the best amateurs to Birmingham to compete in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship. The championship was held at the Country Club of Birmingham on September 28-30. Representing Mississippi was Clay Homan, Ben Snow and Josh Lampley.

Clay Homan, of Starkville, MS, has been an active member with the Mississippi Golf Association for many years. He is a five-time State Amateur Champion, with his first win in 1994 and his most recent win in 2016. Homan has also been the MGA Player of the Year, in 2011 and 2012. He is the head coach for the Men's Golf team at Mississippi State University.

Ben Snow, of Hattiesburg, MS, is a back to back Mississippi Mid-Amateur Champion, in 2013 and 2014. He has participated in many Mississippi Golf Association tournaments throughout the state. In 2009, he was the winner of the MGA Player of the Year Award. Ben Snow practices law in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Josh Lampley, of Gulfport, MS, is the 2015 MGA Player of the Year and is the front runner for the 2016 title. He is a very active player with the Mississippi Golf Association, having won several tournaments throughout the state, including this year's Greenwood Invitational and the 2015 Mid-Amateur Championship. Josh resides on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he is a golf representative for Cutter & Buck, Bushnell and Sun Mountain.

Mississippi had a great finish at the championship. This being the first state team championship where a cut was made, Mississippi was proud to have made the top half of the field. A cut was made to the low 21 teams and ties following thirty-six holes of play. Mississippi finished tied with Louisiana at 21st place. The Country Club of Birmingham proved to be a challenge and quoted as one of the most difficult courses these top amateurs had played on. A true test for the amateur field of over fifty teams representing the fifty states and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Congratulations to the teams and for representing Mississippi well!


September 23, 2016 - Furr to Compete in Junior Ryder Cup Next Week

Wilson Furr, of Jackson, the 2015 State Amateur Champion, is set to compete in the Junior Ryder Cup next week at Interlachen Country Club in  Edina, Minnesota. Furr is one of twelve juniors, 6 boys and 6 girls, who will be representing the United States in the Junior Ryder Cup versus Europe. The competition consists of foursome, mixed four-ball, and singles matches. After the competition is complete, both teams will get to play a nine-hole "friendship" match at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Congratulations to Wilson Furr and good luck next week representing Mississippi and the United States at the Junior Ryder Cup.


August 28, 2016 - David Allen takes the title of 2016 Senior Amateur Champion

Canton, MS- The final round of the Senior Amateur took place today at Deerfield Country Club. There was some heavy competition in each of the divisions. It was a long 18 holes and had everyone wondering would come out on top. And that individual was David Allen, with a score of 71 today and 215 total. The runner up in the Senior Division was Rickey Riley, shooting 218 for the tournament.

The Grand Masters Division was the first to finish up, with Larry Wagster taking the win with a three day score of 229 (+13). The Super Senior Division Champion was first time winner Peter Marks, with a total score of 221 (+5). The second place spot was shared by Earl Thorton and Howard Waugh with a three day total of 224 (+8).

We would like to thank Deerfield Country Club for hosting the tournament and all those who participated this weekend. It was a great turn out and we are hoping for even more next year!

For complete results, click here.


August 27, 2016 - Pannell and Griffin tied for the lead after Round 2

Canton, MS- Today we were fortunate to have no rain for the second round of the Senior Amateur Championship. There were still some wet conditions the players had to face out on the course. But that didn't stop several players from having great rounds of golf. Robert Pannell and David Griffin, both past Senior Champions, have taken the lead after the second round. Pannell had today's low of a 68, and Griffin was close behind with a 70, putting them both at 143 (-1) going into the final round tomorrow.

For the Super Senior Division, Earl Thorton has the lead with a 146 (+2) with Jim Henderson, 148 (+4), and Mike Justice, 149 (+5), closely behind him. And for the Grarand Masters, the leader is Larry Wagster with a 153 (+9), with Ken Hogue just 4 strokes behind him.

It will be an exciting day tomorrow to see who comes out on top in each of our divisions.

For complete results, click here.


August 26, 2016 - Casey takes the lead after Low Round at Senior Amateur Championship

Canton, MS- Deerfield Golf Club is the site for the 2016 Mississippi Senior Amateur Championship. This weekend, 100 seniors from across the state of Mississippi have come to Deerfield with their sights set on taking home the Senior Amateur Championship, Super Senior Championship, and the Grand Masters Championship. We had a small weather delay in the afternoon, but once the rain passed through, we were good to go for the afternoon wave to finish their rounds. After round one in the senior division, Sean Casey, of Hernando, had the low round after shooting -2 (70). Right behind Casey was David Allen, of Starkville, and Ricky Sims, of Canton, who shot even par (72) for the round.

In the Super Senior Division, Mike Thompson, of Tupelo, shot a +2 (74). Finishing just one stroke behind Thompson, Mike Justice, of Madison, and Steve McMicking, of Hernando, shot +3 (75). In the Grand Masters Division, Ken Hogue, of Fulton, finished the day at +3 (75) to have the lead after round 1. Tommy Morgan, of Tupelo, shot +5 (77) to finish in second place after the first round. We will begin the second round tomorrow at 8:00am and second round pairings have been posted online at www.missgolf.org. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

 

For complete results from the opening round of the Senior Amateur, click here.


August 14, 2016 - Easley Fires Low Round at the BankPlus Oxford Invitational

Oxford, MS- CJ Easly came out strong in the final round of the BankPlus Oxford Invitational. Easley, of Oxford, strted the day two back from the leader, Isaiah Jackson, and knew he would need to make up some ground in order to get ahead of the talent surrounding the lead groups. Easley's eagle on four and solid round was key to taking home the title. The runner-up position came down to home course knowledge, David Calhoun, and Beau Briggs. 

Midway through the afternoon the senior division completed play with three tied for the lead. Brother Sandifer, Rickey Riley and Paul Hunt proceeded to number one tee to commence their playoff. Riley won on the second green, putting Sandifer and Hunt tied for runner-up. 

Another strong field of Super Senior golfers for the third annual Country Club of Oxford Invitational. Danny Hooker, of Pontotoc, broke away from the three golfer tie following the first round. Hooker fired a 77 in the second round which was enough to win by two. Runner-Up positions go to Mike Thompson and Jud Vance, both of Tupelo.

Many thanks to the club for supporting this invitational and  hopefully continuing to see it grow. Many thanks to the Country Club of Oxford for preparing a first class championship and head golf professional, Ricky Hamilton, for the hard work and dedication to hosting a fantastic invitational. 

For complete results, click here.


August 13, 2016 - Opening Round at the BankPlus Oxford Invitational

Oxford, MS- Youth takes the lead at the Country Club of Oxford today for the opening round of the BankPlus Oxford Invitational. Isaiah Jackson has a two stroke lead going into the second round tomorrow for the men's division after shooting one under, 71. Paul Hunt leads the Senior division by two after posting even par. Things are all tied up in the Super Senior Division at two-over, 74. Danny Hooker, Keith Blaylock and Scott Thames will battle it out in tomorrow's final round.

It was a unseasonably cool day for August in Mississippi. Predicted storms held off and we hope the same for the final round.

For complete results, click here.


August 7, 2016 - Belote Shoots 66 to win Grenada Invitational, Sims wins Senior Division, and Minyard wins Super Senior

Grenada, MS- The weather cooperated and the final round was able to be played with no weather delays for the first time all weekend. Our first champion of the day was crowned in the Super Senior Flight. Chris Minyard shot a three day total of 229 (+16) to just edge out Mike Pharr (+19) to win the Super Senior Flight. Ricky Sims finished -1 for the tournament and was presented the senior division trophy for his performance over the weekend. Ricky ended up tied for fourth place overall for the entire weekend. In the championship flight, Jack Belote shot a third round low of 66 to add to his second round 67. Belote finished -7 for the tournament and is your 2016 Grenada Invitational Champion. Tucker Fox finished in second with a three round score of -2. Alan Ellis finished third with a weekend total of -1. Congrats to all of our flight winners:

 

Championship Flight: Jack Belote

First Flight: Hap Brister

Second Flight: Clinton Van Devender

Third Flight: Joe Monteith

Fourth Flight: Scott Kirk

Fifth Flight: Bill Goff

Super Senior Flight:Chris Minyard

 

For complete results, click here.

 


August 6, 2016 - TJ Morgan takes a two stroke lead into final round

Grenada, MS- Despite a little weather delay in the afternoon, we were able to complete the second round before dark and continue on schedule. TJ Morgan, Calhoun City, took over the overall lead for the tournament at (-4) after shooting a -3 (68) for the second round and has a two stroke leader over Richard Reed, Tucker Fox, and Jack Belote, who are all at -2 for the tournament, going into Sunday's final round. Jack Belote had the low round of the day firing a -4 (67) to get him into contention for the championship on Sunday. Sunday is set up for a great day of golf and everyone will be flighted by their gross scores from the first two rounds. For complete results from the second round and flight breakdowns for round three, click here.


August 5, 2016 - Reed takes the lead after round 1 at Grenada Invitational

Grenada, MS- Perry Creek Golf and Racquet Club is the site for the 58th annual Grenada Invitational. The first of three rounds began today with Richard Reed, Starkville, taking the early lead over Alan Ellis, Greenwood, by one stroke. Reed shot a -3 (68) and Ellis finished his round with a (-2) 69. Four golfers are tied for third and not far behind Reed: John Crawford Counts, Ricky Sims, T.J. Morgan, and Tucker Fox all sit at -1 (70) and are good position to make a run in the next two rounds to be crowned the Grenada Invitational Champion. The First Round was suspended due to darkness with two groups left to finish their first rounds. Those groups will resume play at 8:30 to complete their first rounds. Tee times will begin off the first tee at 8:30 as scheduled. For complete results from the first round, click here.


July 21, 2016 - Olsen and Thornberry Qualify for USGA US Amateur

Tupelo, MS-65 Amateur golfers gathered at Tupelo Country Club today to try to qualify for the prestigious USGA United States Amateur Championship. Two spots were available to the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan August 15-21. Golfers had to play thirty six holes today and the top two scores would advance to Oakland Hills. After the first 18 holes, Cameron Clarke (Pittsboro,MS), Braden Thornberry (Olive Branch, MS), and Zachary Olsen (Cordova, TN) were all tied after shooting a -4 (68). After 36 holes, Zachary Olsen and Braden Thornberry were atop the leaderboard with an impressive -10 (134). Congratulations to Zachary Olsen and Braden Thornberry for advancing to the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship. Jackson Dick (Starkville,MS) finished in 3rd at -5 (139) and was the first alternate. Cameron Clarke (Pittsboro, MS) and T.J. Morgan  (Calhoun City, MS) had to go to a playoff to decide the second alternate position after both finishing at (-4) 140. Morgan won the playoff over Clarke and earned the second alternate position. For complete results from today's qualifier, click here.


July 10, 2016 - Lampley is your 2016 Greenwood Invitational Champion

Greenwood, MS- Today started out with the resumption of Round 2 at 6:30am. After round 2 was completed, Flights 9,8,7,6, and 5 played nine holes with potential bad weather looming. The morning wave was able to complete their round and crown winners in their respective flights. Congrats to our flight winners:

 

9th Flight: Johnny Young

8th Flight: Jackson Pannell

7th Flight: Joseph Parker

6th Flight:Jeff Champion

5th Flight: Kevin Bement

 

For complete results from Flights 5-9, click here.

The 3rd round for the Championship, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th flights attempted to get in all 18 holes, but the weather did not allow that to happen. The overall champion was crowned from the first 36 holes. Josh Lampley, of Gulfport, is the 69th Greenwood Invitational Champion. Lampley shot a two round total of 139 (-5) to edge out runner-up Edward Wall, of Brandon, who shot 140 (-4). Rodney Boswell, of Lyon, came in third with a 143 (-1) and Joel Myrick, of Hattiesburg, shot an even 144 for the weekend. As always, Greenwood Country Club was an excellent host and always puts on a great invitational each and every year. For the final results after two rounds, click here.


July 9, 2016 - Lampley Weathers the Storm in Round 2 to Take the Outright Lead

Greenwood, MS- Round 2 began on Saturday, but due to inclement weather we had to suspend play late Saturday afternoon due to darkness.  The remaining players finished up Round 2 early Sunday morning.  Josh Lampley, of Gulfport, who shared the lead after Round 1 claimed the 36 hole lead with a total score of 139 (-5).  Round 3 began around 9 am with flights 5-9 going off first, with the championship-4th flights following at 12:30.  To see complete Round 2 results click here.


July 8, 2016 - Lampley, Boswell, and Wall all tied for first after Greenwood Invitational Round 1

Greenwood, MS- 160 participants are playing in the 69th annual Greenwood Invitational this weekend at Greenwood Country Club. After round 1, only five players shot under par. Josh Lampley, of Gulfport, Rodney Boswell, of Lyon, and Edward Wall, of Brandon, all finished the day with a 69 (-3). Alan Ellis, of Greenwood, is just one shot back after finishing his first round with a 70 (-2).Our 2016 Mid Amateur Champion Scott Rhodes is just two shots off the lead with a score of 71 (-1) for day 1. Round 2 will begin at 7:30 in the morning and those who played on Friday afternoon will play Saturday morning and those who played Friday morning will play Saturday afternoon.  For complete Round 1 results please click here.


July 6, 2016 - Three Mississippi Juniors Qualify for USGA Jr. Amateurs

Three Mississippi juniors have qualified for their respective USGA Junior Amateur Championships. The USGA Girls Jr. Amateur was held at Deerfield Golf Club in Canton and had players from around the United States in the field. Their were two spots up for grab into the USGA Girls Junior Championship. After play had ended, there was a tie for second place between Conner Beth Ball, of Madison, and Brooke Tyree, of Louisiana. Ball and Tyree headed to the 10th tee to begin a playoff to see who would get the last spot into the Girls Junior Championship. Conner Beth Ball came out victorious after three holes in will represent Mississippi at the 2016 US Girls Junior Championship on July 18-23 at Ridgewood Country Club in Parumus, New Jersey.

The USGA Boys Jr. Amateur Qualifier was held on the coast at Grand Bear. This was also a very competitive field with players from all around the United States competing for just two spots into the 2016 US Junior Amateur Championship. After two rounds, Brice Wilkinson, of Madison, posted a 140 (-4) and secured himself a spot in the US Junior Amateur Championship for winning the qualifier. Coming in second place and earning the final spot in the US Boys Junior Amateur was Cecil Wegener, of Ridgeland. Cecil shot a two round score of 141 (-3) to earn his spot in the Boys Junior Amateur. Brice and Cecil will represent Mississippi in the 2016 US Junior Amateur Championship on July 18-23 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. We wish all three of our Mississippi juniors good luck as they compete in these prestigious USGA Championships.


Hood and Graeber take the titles at the Greenville Invitational

Greenville, MS - Leaders from the first round continue to play well through the final round of the Greenville Invitational. Alan Ellis, of Greenwood, began the invitational as the only past champion in the field and he soon proved that he could do it a fourth time. A sixty eight and sixty nine in the final round kept Ellis at the top of the leaderboard to win the invitational by seven strokes over runner-up, Duke Simmons, who finished at even par for the tournament.

In the Super Senior division, Ken Graeber, held onto his strong lead to also finish seven strokes in the lead. Mike Brown was the runner-up finishing four over par.

Congratulations also to senior division champion, Bill Hood.

many thanks to Greenville Golf and CC for hosting another fine invitational. 

For complete results, please click here.


June 25, 2016 - Ellis and Graeber post low rounds in the Opening of the Greenville Invitational

Greenville, MS - Three-time past champion, Alan Ellis, fired the low round for the regular division with a 68 to lead by two over Easton Key. Four birdies on the last four holes was enough to pull him into the lead. At the top of the Super Senior division is Ken Graeber, of Jackson, also with a 68 from the gold tees. Five strokes back from Graeber is Mike Brown who came in with a 73.

With 62 amateur golfers beginning the round today, tomorrow's final results will be one for the record books.

For complete results, please click here.


June 19, 2016 - Final Round of the Father-Son/Daughter Comes to a Close

Canton, MS-Today the final round of the 2016 Father-Son/Daughter Championship was played at Deerfield Golf Club in Canton, MS.  The morning wave shotgun started at 8:30 am and consisted of the Father-Daughter Flight that was won by Devon and Buck Matheny with a 54 hole score of 195 (-21).  Also in the morning wave were the Father-Son 3rd-7th flights and the winners of those were: 3rd- Homer and Trent Burns with a score of 202 (-14); 4th- Don and Donnie Antrim with a score of 206 (-10); 5th- Matt and Ron Massingill with a score of 210 (-6); 6th- Richard and Bobby Cirilli with a score of 220; 7th- Carl and Holland Venable with a score of 233.  Then the afternoon wave consisted of the Father-Son Championship Flight, which was won by Johnathan and Michael Newman with a 54 hole score of 183 (-33). Following the Championship flight were the first and second. 1st- Tony and Tyler Shell, who shot 193; and 2nd- John and Breland Brooks with a score of 196. For full results for each flight click here.


June 19, 2016 - Four way tie after Round 2 in Father-Son Division

Canton, MS- Canton Country Club was the site for the second round of the Father-Son Daughter Championship. After the completion of round 2, there is a four way tie in the Father-Son Division at (-20). Thomas and Tom Adams, Allen and Austin Smithers, Michael and Jonathon Newman, and Henry and Griffin Agent all go into the final round tied for the lead. David and Edward Wall aren't far behind the leaders at -19. Going into Sunday, our divisions will be flighted and everyone will be playing for prizes in their respective flights at Deerfield Golf Club.

In the Father-Daughter Division, Robert and Gracie Willis still have the overall lead with a -17 for the tournament. Buck and Devon Matheny are not far behind at -14. Scott and Reagan Rhodes are in third place at -9. Thanks to Canton Country Club and head Golf Pro Olly Thomson for being great hosts and having us in Canton. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Deerfield. For complete results from Round 2,click here.


June 18, 2016 - Five Pairs Shoot 61 at Father-Son/Daughter Championship

Jackson, MS- The Mississippi Golf Association's annual Father-Son/Daughter Championship Tournament kicked off bright and early Friday, June 17th at Lake Caroline Country Club. While this is still a competitive tournament, everyone was still enjoying their time out on the course and playing in a scramble with their fathers. Some impressive scores were shot in the first round. In the morning group, Henry & Griffin Agent shot a low of 61. With that being the low going into the afternoon group, it was going to be hard to beat. However, four more pairings managed to match that great score, including Thom & Thomas Adams, Eddie & Markas Holifield, Allen & Austin Smithers, and Bradley & Danny McDill.

There are not as many Father-Daughter pairs as there are Father-Son but that isn't stopping them from being some heavy competition. Robert & Gracie Willis currently have the lead in the Father-Daughter flight with a low of 63, with Buck & Devon Matheny right behind them with a 65.

This is one of the more laid back tournaments held throughout the year. Each day there are different little competitions, such as the Closest to the Pin and Drive the Line. It makes for a more fun, relaxed environment for all those who are participating. The proceeds from the Drive the Line competition go to the Sanderson Farms Championship and benefit Century Club Charities and the Friends of the Childrens Hospital, along with the MjGA and Girls Golf.

Round 2 of the Father-Son/Daughter Championship will be held at the Country Club of Canton with more fun and competition in store.

For Round 1 results, click here.


June 5, 2016 - Homan Returns for Another Win and Breaks another Record

Madison, MS- As the crowds gathered on the eighteenth green to witness history in the the most prestigious championship in Mississippi Amateur Golf, a familliar name approached the green. Clay Homan's birdies on sixteen and seventeen gave him a commanding lead standing on the eighteenth tee at seventeen under par. Homan posted a par on eighteen to break the longstanding record of sixteen under for the seventy-two hole championship.

Rounding out the final pairing was Cameron Clarke and Neil Trimm who finished five behind Homan and tied for runner-up at twelve under. Clarke's fine play at the start of the championship was impressive for the seventeen year old in only his second State Amateur. Neil Trimm continued to play well through the week and used his home course knowledge to his advantage.

Clarke led the championship for the first two rounds and played strong in the third and final round to stay in contention. Clarke was awarded the Mike Magee Medalist trophy for his first round play. Clarke posted a sixty-four in the first round, only one away from breaking the Reunion Golf and Country Club course record in competition.

The Charles Green Team Trophy is awarded to the two low round competitors from the same club who post the lowest combined total after thirty-six holes of play. Noah Goldman and Clay Homan finished in the lead for the club honor after they both finished at eight under for the first two rounds giving them a combined sixteen under after thirty-six holes. Homan and Goldman are both members at Old Waverly Golf Club and also the Men's Head and Assistant coach at Mississippi State University. What an honor for the state university to have such high level players on their athletic staff.

The Mississippi Golf Association woudl like to thank the Reunion Golf and Country Club and the membership for their hospitatlity and welcome to the association this week. Head Golf Professional, Tim Basel, and Course Superintendant, Josh Owens, prepared the course and club for the championship and went above and beyond to provide a first-class championship for the association and its members. Many thanks to Owens for preparing the course and ensuring a championship level of experience. Many thanks to General Manager, Casey Smith, for his continued hospitality over the week.

For complete results, click here.


June 4, 2016 - Third Round of State Amateur Championship Complete at Reunion Golf & Country Club

Madison, MS- The third round of the State Amateur Championship went off without a hitch. Overcast skies and low breezes provided optimal scoring conditions. The last state amateur champion at Reunion Golf and Country Club in 2012 has taken the lead. Clay Homan, of Starkville, made a five under look easy to put him at thirteen under par 203. 

The final round pairing will be Clay Homan, Cameron Clarke and Neil Trimm at 9:40 am on Hole #1. Trimm with his home course knowledge, sits within three strokes of the lead. Our 36 Hole leader Cameron Clarke trails by one stroke going into the final round.

One notable hole-in-one for the day was from the 2004 State Amateur champion, Michael Stringer. Stringer made the ace on 201 yard, number six. With sixty-five players in the field, nineteen are under par to start the final round.

A win by Homan tomorrow will tie C.W. Kittleman's title record of 5 wins, and put him one win closer to Gene Vinson and Rett Crowder's record of 6 wins.

The 2016 State Amateur champion will take home the Spec Wilson Memorial Trophy.

For complete results of round three, click here.


June 3, 2016 - The State Amateur Championship First Round Cuts

Madison, MS- The second round of the State Amateur Championship at Reunion Golf & Country Club came to a close Friday, June 3rd. Several participants in the morning group finished their rounds strong, such as Josh Lampley (-6), Noah Goldman (-8), and former champion, Clay Homan (-8). Homan and Goldman are also recipients of the Charles Green Club Team Trophy out of their home club, Old Waverly. The second group unfortunately got delayed later in the afternoon due to some rain and lightning in the area. They were able to resume play not long after play was suspended. Even though the participants hit some road blocks, a select few were able to pull out a solid 18 holes, such as Neil Trimm (-6) and the leader for the past two rounds, Cameron Clarke (-9).

The projected score for cuts fluxuated throughout the day,  putting the pressure was on and making tensions high. As everyone was trying their best to qualify for the next round, only 60, plus ties, will remain in the running for the championship after round two. There was a CUT party for the participants and others to gather, enjoy some food, and watch as the scores come in. We will have more to come as we get the ball rolling bright and early tomorrow morning for round three of the State Amateur Championship.

For Round 2 results, click here.


June 2, 2016 - Clarke Medals in the State Amateur Championship

Madison, MS- The first round commenced on the first tee with a tee shot by the 1979 Champion, Joe Iupe, Jr. Iupe launched a drive clear over the hazard and the ball came to rest in the fairway. The ceremonial tee shot began in 2012 with Hunter George Weddington upon the Mississippi Golf Association's last playing of the amateur at Reunion Golf & Country Club. This tradition has continued over the years and is a great way to honor past champions and recognize their continued support of the association.

Cameron Clarke is awarded the Mike Magee Memorial Medalist at Reunion Golf & Country Club after the completion of the first round. Clarke fired the low round of 64, eight-under par. Clarke came close to the course record, missing it by only one stroke. Two are tied at 66, two strokes behind Clarke. Cecil Wegener and Neil Trimm sit within striking distance of the lead.

With twenty-one players under par the championship will be a good one to follow over the next three rounds. Of those twenty-one players, three players are past champions, Clay Homan, Steve Wilson and Michael Stringer.

Yesterevening the association hosted the Champions dinner to honor past champions and 2015 Players of the Year. Players and champions shared stories of past championships and fond memories of cup teams over the years. We thank those who attended the event and look forward to future dinner's to recognize our members and champions.

Following thirty-six holes the championship field of 120 will be cut to 60 plus ties.

For complete results, click here.


May 22, 2016- Buckley Wins Tupelo Amateur in Sunday Playoff

Tupelo, MS- Tupelo Country Club was the site for the MGA's second sanctioned event of the year. The tournament got under away Saturday and after play ended two Tupelo natives, Noah West and Vince Hodges, were tied for the lead in the Championship Division with a round one score of -1 (71). Right behind them was another Tupelo native, Damon Palmer, who finished round 1 with a 72 (E). After round 1 in the Senior Division, Scott Martin had sole position of the lead after he shot a 72 (E). Not far behind Martin was David Griffin and Barry Stafford who finished round 1 with a 74 (+2). In the Super Senior Division, Mike Thompson finished the day on top of the leaderboard with a 74 (+2). Scott Thames was close behind with a 76 (+4).

Sunday's second round went down to the wire, but in the end Hayden Buckley, of Tupelo, won the Championship Division in a sudden death playoff. Hayden finished round two tied for first with Tucker Jenkins. Both Buckley and Jenkins shot even par (144) for the tournament. Jenkins shot a 69 (-3) in the second round to earn him a spot in the playoff. In the Senior Division, David Griffin, of Tupelo, edged out defending Tupelo Amateur champ Barry Stafford to win the Senior Division. Griffin shot a 148 (+4) to win the tournament by one stroke over Stafford. In the Super Senior Division, Mike Thompson held on to his lead and finished with a total score of 152 (+8) to take home the trophy. Following behind Thompson was Scott Thames who finished the tournament with a 154 (+10). For complete results from all the flights from the Tupelo Amateur, click here.


May 21, 2016- Laird/Lampley and Wall/Longgrear playing in the US Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot GC

Mamaroneck, NY- Two Mississippi teams playing Winged Foot Golf Club this weekend in the stroke play portion of the 2nd US Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Brandon Laird of Biloxi and Josh Lampley of Gulfport are teamed up to begin play at 11:42 am EDT on the West Course. Edward Wall of Brandon and Zach Longgrear of Madison began their quest for a national four-ball title at 8:18 am EDT on the East Course. The 36 Hole Four-Ball Stroke Play rounds will be played on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. The low 32 sides/teams will advance to four-ball match play. Post on social media using #USFourBall #playgolfms Good Luck!! Livescoring http://www.usga.org/championships/2016/u-s--amateur-four-ball/scoring.html


May 15, 2016 -Scott Rhodes Wins the 2016 Mid Amateur Championship in Greenville

Greenville, MS- Scott Rhodes outlasted Eddie Brescher to win the 2016 Mid Amateur Championship. Rhodes finished the final round with a 69. He shared the low round with Josh Lampley. Rhodes finished the tournament shooting -7 (209) for the tournament. Eddie Brescher came in second shooting a -6 (210) on the weekend. Noah Goldman finished third with a weekend score of -5 (211). Rounding out the top five were Josh Lampley (-3), and Ben Snow (-2) and Neil Trimm (-2) tying for fifth.

It was a great weekend in Greenville and we appreciate everyone who participated in this year's Mid Am. We look forward to seeing everyone at the State Amateur in June. For complete results from this weekends Mid Am, click here.


May 14, 2016 - Brescher fires the Low Round at Mid Am in Greenville

Greenville, MS - Eddie Brescher, of Hattiesburg, came out strong this morning during the second round of the Mid Amateur Championship. Brescher's 67 pulled him up the leaderboard as the sole leader going into tomorrow's final round. Our leader sits at six under while three are tied for second at four under.

Scott Rhodes, Clay Homan and Noah Goldman are all tied for second moving into the final round. Scott Rhodes, of Ridgeland, and Clay Homan, of Starkville, both past champions of the Mid Amateur are familliar with what it will take to win in the final round. Noah Goldman, of Starkville, has been rising in the Mississippi amateur ranks ever since moving to Mississippi after attending college at Mississippi State.

The final round will begin with tee times at 8am off both #1 and #10. Many thanks to Greenville Golf and Country Club for their hospitality over the past few days. We look forward to crowning a champion in tomorrow's final round and awarding the Randy Sullivan Memorial Medalist to Josh Lampley.

For complete pairings and results, click here.


May 13, 2016 - Defending Champion comes out strong at the Mid Am, Greenville GCC

Greenville, MS - First round of the 2016 Mid Amateur Championship was underway here at Greenville Golf & Country Club this afternoon. Defending champion, Josh Lampley, came out strong firing the low round of the first round, 68. Lampley was also medalist in the 2015 championship with a 67 at Reunion Golf & Country Club and went on to win the title. Many notable amateurs are in striking zone of the lead with Scott Rhodes and Clay Homan (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 Mid Am Champion) only one back. Within two strokes sit Ben Snow and Noah Goldman both with potential to go low in the next thirty-six holes. The Mid Amateur could be anyone's championship. 

Greenville Golf and Country Club hosted an afterplay crawfish boil which many golfers enjoyed afterplay. Many thanks to Greenville Golf and Country and Head Golf Professional, Steven Driggers for hosting. Pairings are posted for round two with all amateurs off the first tee beginning at 8:00am.

For complete pairings and results, click here.


May 7, 2016 -Mississippi Wins 2016 Goverors Cup at Northwood Country Club 22-18

Meridian, MS - This weekend  the 11th Annual Governors Cup was played at historic Northwood Country Club. Mississippi hosted the Arkansas State Golf Association for Ryder cup format matches between the two associations, which govern amateur. Arkansas took the early lead winning 6.5 points on Friday morning in the four-ball matches to Mississippi's 3.5 points. After a quick lunch break, the foursome matches began in the afternoon. Mississippi's seniors put early  points on the board in the alternate shot format. Mississippi won 8 points to Arkansas's 2 points in the foursome matches. Mississippi took a 3 point lead into Saturday's Singles Matches-MS 11.5-AR 8.5. 

Saturday's singles matches were very competive and back and forth all day. Mississippi needed 9 points to win, and Arkansas needed 11.5. To tie, which would have resulted in Arkansas retaining the cup fir another year. The Mississippi seniors came out strong winning 5.5 out of 10 possible points to keep a slight edge over Arkansas. ASGA's team members Dixon, Jenkins, Zimmerman, and Schaap came back fighting to take 4 points. With the matches really close and 4 matches still  on the course. Each player had  their states/teammates rooting them on. Brandon Laird and Noah  Goldman's two points secured the win and bringing "The Cup"  back to the Magnolia State. Clay Homan and Beau Glover were all square going in the final hole, thinking the cup was on the line. Homan won the match 1 up, to give Mississippi 10.5 points to Arkansas's 9.5 points  in the singles matches. Team Mississippi wins the 11th Annual Governors Cup 22-18!  A special thanks to Chris Jenkins and Jay Fox of the ASGA for putting together their team and traveling to Mississppi, we loved sharing our little gem of Northwood CC. And very big thank you to our captain and vice captains; Richard Reed, Brother Sandifer, and Bobby Maddox, Billy Pomeroy, PGA head golf professional, Britt Pollock, golf course superintendent, and the members of Northwood for hosting us.


April 24, 2016 - Many Champions Crowned and Honored at 2016 Four-Ball Championships at Hattiesburg Country Club

Hattiesburg, MS - A crowd gathered on the tenth tee to witness a single tee shot before play commenced on Friday, April 22 at the historic Hattiesburg Country Club. Mr. Sam Hall would hit the commemorative shot to remember the passing of his son, Stan Hall, a long time amateur golfer and Mississippi Golf Association member. Sam Hall was picked up from the driving range where he prepared to make his son proud. Stan Hall would have been on the course here at Hattiesburg Country Club to defend his title after winning the Senior Four-Ball in 2014 and 2015 with Robert Pannell. The championship was then underway with ninety-four teams of Mississippi amateurs.

The Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball Champions had long awaited this victory. David Griffin and Alan Boone played consistently throughout the 54 hole championships with a bogey free final round to secure the win. Griffin and Boone, both of North Mississippi, were overjoyed to accept the first awarded, Stan Hall Memorial Senior Four-Ball trophy, in memory Stan Hall's passing this past January. Following at the heals of the champions, Ken Peacock and Chris Berry, who carded five birdies on their final nine holes.  

The Stan Hall Memorial Four-Ball Trophy was awarded with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hall present to witness the presentation in memory of their son. Mr. and Mrs. Hall were also present during the presentation to the Bill Cass Super Senior Four-Ball Champions. In Mr. Sam Hall's honor, the trophy was named the Sam Hall Super Senior trophy for his dedication to the game in Mississippi and his volunteerism spirit that is witnessed every year by the Mississippi Golf Association and its members.

Mr. Hall presented this Super Senior Four-Ball trophy to Don West and Charlie Pilkinton, both of Columbus, who started the final round tied with Danny Hooker and Jud Vance. West and Pilkinton edged past the competition to win by two at fifteen under. Defending champions, Jim Henderson and Steve Brantley, almost caught the champions by returned a seven under par in the final round, but it was just not enough. Henderson and Brantley finished as the runner-up team in this Bill Cass Super Senior Four-Ball Championship.

A lot of notable teams in the regular division field over the course of this championship. Would the defending champions, Ben Snow and Stephen Yelverton, step back up to the plate with their Hattiesburg CC knowledge. Perhaps the team of Bradley McDill and Josh Oller would carry on the opening low-round of 8 under. However, only one team proved to withstand the challenging greens at the Hattiesburg Country Club. Brett Parker and Josh Lampley began the final round in the lead and easily maintained that lead even with several teams firing low scores right behind them. Parker and Lampley finished the championship at twenty-five under. Windance Country Club will be displaying the H.G. Weddington Four-Ball Championship trophy proudly over the next year. H.G. Weddington also passed away this past January and was memorialized in the State Four-Ball trophy many championships ago. Todd Nace and Joel Myrick came in strong in pursuit of the champions, however the round of sixty-two would not be enough. Their position remained as runner-up for this year's championship. Another low round of the day in Scott Rhodes and Matthew Scoville, ten under in the final round, was also too far out of the lead to catch the winning team. 

Many thanks to Head Golf Professional, David Allen, of Hattiesburg CC for his kind hospitality over the course of the championship. Also a huge thank you to course superintendent, Frank Ogletree, for preparing a championship course that received numerous compliments over the championship weekend. We look forward to welcoming these amateur golfers back when the time comes for the 2017 Four-Ball and Bill Cass Four-Ball Championship. 

For complete results and final round pairings, click here.


April 23, 2016 - Birdies Flying in the Second Round of the Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball at Hattiesburg Country Club

Hattiesburg, MS - A few teams got things heated up quickly during the morning wave of the second round. Josh Lampley and Brett Parker fired the low for the tournament, 10-under, 62 to place them at the top of the leaderboard (17-under total) going into tomorrow's final round. Also playing in the morning round, defending champions, Ben Snow and Stephen Yelverton, posted a 64 to put them two behind the leaders. Wth six teams within five strokes of the lead, the championship could be anyone's.

Coming in strong in the Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball, David Sellers and Randy Smith, improved two strokes from the first round to put them near the top. However, Alan Boone and David Griffin pulled ahead with eight birdies over the second round. Boone and Griffin hold the lead for the Senior Division by two strokes. The Stan Hall Memorial Senior Four-Ball trophy will be awarded tomorrow for the first time and we are eager to witness the championship unfold.

The only division with a tie moving into the final round is in the Bill Cass Super Senior. Don West and Charlie Pilkinton posted the lowest score in this division at 64, and are now tied with Jud Vance and Danny Hooker. Vance and Hooker fell a little with a 68 in this second round. One team will be awarded the Sam Hall Memorial Trophy in the Super Senior Division with the finish tomorrow.

Looking forward to see what the final round holds for the championship. Senior Divisions will begin play in the morning and Mid Am players will be paired in the afternoon wave.

For complete results and final round pairings, click here.


April 22, 2016- State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball Round 1

Hattiesburg, MS- The first round of the annual State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball got under way today at Hattiesburg Country Club. The rain held off and was an excellent day for golf. We have a total of 94 teams competing in this year's tournament: 41 regular, 26 senior, and 27 super senior teams. The first round ended with McDill/Oller leading the Regular Divison with a score of 64 (-8). There are currently four teams tied for second with a score of 65 (-7). In the Senior Divison, the Peacock/Berry team have the first round lead with a score of 66 (-6). The team of Vance/Hooker lead the Super Senior Division with a first round score of 65 (-7). For complete results from Round 1 click here


Sam Hall to start the 2016 State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball at Hattiesburg CC with a Ceremonial Tee Shot

We invite each of you to join us Friday Morning, April 22, at 7:15 am  Hole #1 at Hattiesburg CC in celebrating the life of Stan Hall. Stan was a longtime member of the Mississippi Golf Association and passed away in January. We have asked his father, Sam Hall to help us in honoring our friend, by starting our 2016 State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Four-Ball Championship with a ceremonial tee shot. Stan Hall and his partner, Robert Pannell were our 2015 champions in the Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball Championship. Black ribbons are available on the #1 & #10 tees this weekend, as a rememberance of our good friend, Stan Hall.

 

We invite you to also join us on Sunday, April 24 at approximately 1:00 pm, as we present the 2016 Bill Cass Super Senior Champions with the Sam Hall Super Senior Four-Ball Trophy and our 2016 Bill Cass Senior Champions with the Stan Hall Senior Four-Ball Trophy.

Mr. Hall will also be volunteering this weekend as a starter during the championship. Mr. Hall is also a long time member of the MGA and Hattiesburg CC. We are honoring Sam and Stan in renaming our Bill Cass Super Senior & Senor Four-Ball Trophies after them.

 

A special thank you to our generous donors who have given memorials in Stan's name to help us honor and remember him with black ribbons at our 2016 state championships and the renaming of the Bill Cass Championship Trophies.


April 11, 2016- Old Waverly Invitational

West Point, MS- Tournament season has finally arrived. The 2016 MGA season got kicked off with our first sanctioned event of the 2016 season. The Old Waverly Invitational was a two day event with Steve Wilson (+3), Ocean Springs, winning in a tiebreaker on Sunday over Josh Seiple, Colorado. In the Senior Divison, Ed McDugle (+3), Memphis, Tennessee, edged out Robert Pannell, Greenwood, and David Allen, Starkville, in a tiebreaker after the final round. In the Super Senior Division, Don West, Columbus, shot a +5 for the tournament edging out Mike Pharr (+10) to take home the title. For complete results from all the flights from the 2016 Old Waverly Invitational, click here.


February 8, 2016 Tournament Registration is Open

Jackson, MS-Online Tournament Registration for state championships is OPEN. PDF entry forms will be available for print on Friday. Please note, the deadlines are 7 days prior to each tournament. This change will allow us to post first round pairings on Monday, prior to the event by 2:00pm. This change was requested by our members, to help them plan for travel to the tournaments. We have an exciting schedule planned and are looking forward to our 2016 season!