MGA 2013 News

December 13, 2013 - Remembrance of the Late Robbie Webb

Jackson, MS - Rob Webb, son of the late Robbie Webb, visited the MGA office this week to gift one of his father's golf clubs. Robbie was an inspiration to many and titled as the Godfather of junior golfers in Mississippi. Thanks to the Webb family for this special remembrance of a Mississippi legend!

December 11, 2013 - MGA Player of the Week, Eddie Breshcer

Eddie Brescher III is a recent resident of Hattiesburg, MS as he is now the assistant coach of the University of Southern Mississippi's Men's Golf team. Eddie is an excellent golfer and one that we see several times a year at our tournaments. He is one to watch out for, as he can bring an incredible game to the tournament. Here's a little more about Eddie!

"I Started playing golf at age 8, started playing competitions at age 12 (Gulf States Jr. PGA Tour). Played college golf at Southeastern Louisiana University (2003-08). Worked as a graduate assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University (2009). Played professional golf on mini tours (Adams and Hooters) along with PGA Tour Q school (2010-11). I had a small stint as a Nationwide Tour caddy (2011).  I wanted to give professional golf a try and I enjoyed every minute of it. However, I knew if pro golf did not work out I wanted to coach college golf. After my years of college golf experience, I knew my heart was in coaching at the collegiate level.  I landed my second college coaching job at Millsaps College as a head coach (11-12). My opportunities through Southeastern and Millsaps have helped get me to where I currently am as the assistant men's coach at Southern Miss.  I am proud of many things, nothing in particular. I am proud to be associated with the great University of Southern Mississippi and our great student-athletes. I am proud of my many accomplishments with my golf career (2013 Trustmark Champ, 2013 Greenville Champ, 2013 State Am Runner up, 2012 USGA Men's State Team-Mississippi, 2012 & 13 player of year runner up, 2008 Spirit of America Team Champ, 2007 Collegiate Players Tour Champ, etc). I am proud of the fact that I have come a long way with my golf career. I have logged many lonely hours working on getting my game to the level it is at today. And of course, I am proud that our family will be growing soon with the birth of our first child. I see myself being a college coach till I retire. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to coach college golf and I love what I do! For my playing career, my goals are 1. to make the US Walker Cup team. With the rule change to require two mid am's on the team, I see this as a great opportunity. 2. play in the Masters, extremely difficult to do, but I'm confident and wouldn't be the first Mississippi guy to do so. 3. win the MS state am and POY, to call yourself a state champion is something I have always desired and I have a great respect for those who have already done so and how difficult it is to win. Patience will pay off"

Best of luck as you work to accomplish your goals, Eddie! The MGA is proud to have you and watch as you do great things in your personal game, as well as for Southern Miss!

December 4, 2013 - MGA Player of the Week, Clay Homan

Fulton, MS has produced several outstanding golfers in the state of Mississippi, and Clay Homan is nothing short of being one of those players.  Clay played collegiate golf at Mississippi State and has returned to be the head coach for the MSU Mens Golf team. Not only has Clay competed in USGA events, such as this year's USGA Mid Amateur Championship, but he has also been very successful with us here at the MGA.

Clay holds four State Amateur Champion titles, 1994, 2005, 2011 and 2012, two Greenwood Invitational titles, 2005 and 2013, and four Mid-Amateur Champion titles, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, just to name a few. Along with these titles also comes being named Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and several top 10 finishes at other events. Clay has the ability to fire the low round of the day and is always a pleasure to watch. This is Clay's story:

"I started playing golf around age 9 or 10 at Fulton Country Club, a small nine-hole golf course with no driving range. The Fulton Country Club was sort of my baby sitter at a young age. I would stay at the club until dark just about every day during the summer. I grew up in an era where golf instruction was not the norm. You got better by hitting all different shaped shots off of every lie imaginable.  I never really had any formal lessons until well into college.  I started to take the game more seriously around 15 when I could play with the older men in the club and could hang with them.  There were and still are a lot of competitors at Fulton Country Club, so I guess that's where I get my competitive nature from.  Everyone hated to lose! One of the biggest golfing blessings of my life was being able to play golf at Mississippi State.  I really enjoyed the team aspect of golf.  Golf can be a lonely game, and to have teammates there to push you and pull for you is unique. I still love to compete, even though I don't enjoy the practice as much as I used to.  I am proud of the State titles that I have been fortunate enough to win, because it shows consistency and that is really the basis of my game.  I enjoy the mental aspect of the game of golf because there are so many different ways to play this game.  I look at golf as a game of chess or pool.   You have to wait for certain opportunities to attack the golf course and play conservative at other times.  And I am ok with that, because I am a fairly patient person by nature."

Congrats Clay on all you have accomplished so far, we are thrilled to have you as a member of the MGA! Best of luck in our 2014 season!

November 27, 2013 - MGA Player of the Week, Ricky Sims

Ricky Sims is a member of the Country Club of Canton. He has been a big supporter of the MGA and plays in many of our events every year. He owns a printing company, and prints many things for us, towels for the tournament to name one! He has had many 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.  

Ricky shared a little bit with us about his history with the game, here's what he had to say! "I started golf at 5 years old and been playing every since. Grew up in Canton where junior golf was not only tolerated, but encouraged by our pro, Robbie Webb and also by the Canton Country Club.   Played on the golf team my 3 years at Mississippi State.  I think, more than the game itself, I enjoy golf because of the opportunity of fellowship and competition.  The MGA does a great job in providing those opportunities by hosting, sanctioning, and running events throughout the year.  I think my biggest accomplishment in golf has been the ability to play for so many years without injury or just losing interest.  I still love the game and what it has done for me and hope to be playing for many years to come."

Thanks Ricky for all you do for the MGA, we appreciate you as a player! Best of luck for 2014! Time to grab another title!

November 24, 2013- Argotsinger Shoots Even Par to Win 2013 Coast Amateur

Diamondhead, MS- When players arrived at the course this morning they faced bitter winds and temperatures as low as 40. Despite the conditions, they took to the course to test their skills again. After yesterday's round was complete, players were placed in flights for both divisions.

In the Senior Division, Robert David Smith of Long Beach took home the win, shooting 73-72 to place him at a 145 two-day tournament total. Coming in second place was Joel Childress of Covington, LA who was just edged out by 5 shots, finishing with 73-77-150. 

In the Senior First flight, Duane Wilson of Diamondhead finished first after shooting rounds of 82-78 for a total of 160. A tie for second place had Tom Koger of Diamondhead and Hank Holcomb of Diamondhead finishing at a 161 tournament total. For the Amateur Division, three flights were created. In the Championship flight, Ryan Argotsinger of Lees Summit, MO fired another even par 72 to make him the champion with a two-day total of 144. Finishing in second by one stroke is Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs who shot 73-72-145. The Amateur First flight placed Brad Thorton of Lucedale in the lead with rounds of 80-77-157. In second place was Austin Price of Biloxi with scores of 82-77-159. Michael Hendrickson of Gulfport finished first in the Amateur Second flight after posting rounds of 86-79 for a total of 165. George Kawell of Collierville, TN shot 85-83 for a 168 to place him in second. For more results, click here Again, we would like to thank Diamondhead and all of their staff for hosting such an excellent tournament. Thanks to Tommy Snell for his hard work, and thanks to the players who came out for the event. We are looking forward to next year! 

November 23, 2013- Coast Amateur is Underway

Diamondhead, MS- The 2013 Coast Amateur is off to a great start! Players arrived in Diamondhead, MS ready to compete. Tee times began at 8:00AM with a gloomy sky as their background, but the weather held off and allowed for all the scores to come in today.

Firing the low round for the Amateur Division was Ryan Argosinger of Lee's Summit, MO who shot an even par 72 to currently hold the lead. In second place is Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs with a 73, and there is a four-way tie for third place between Jared Smith of Saucier, Gabriel Ahlers of Kiln, Anthony Ponder of Brandon, and Scott Sterbcow of Metairie, LA  with a 2-over 74. In the Senior Division, there is a 3-way tie for first with a one-over par 73. Joel Childress of Covington, LA, Robert David Smith of Long Beach and David Czaplicki of Diamondhead all hold the lead and will be sure to bring their best game tomorrow. Right behind the three leaders is Randy Smith of Brandon. Tomorrow's round should serve us a little colder weather, but lots of great golf as these players fight for the title. We would like to thank Tommy Snell of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Golf Association for putting on the tournament, as well as Diamondhead Country Club, Chris Altese, Greg Altese, Maury Hodgens, and the rest of the staff for their excellent assistance and allowing us to play their course. Looking forward to another day of golf tomorrow!

Novebmer 20th, 2013-Player of the Week Hayes Weathersby

This week we have another former MJGA player to tell you about! Hayes Weathersby of Poplarville, MS is currently a Sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and plays on the golf team for Coach Tommy Snell.

Hayes didn't start playing golf at a young age like others, however, Hayes has actively pursued the game and dedicated himself as a player which has tremendously helped him to achieve his goals so far.Currently, he is on fire as he has secured three straight individual titles this Fall, the last one coming from the MGCCC Fall Invitational. We asked Hayes to share a little with us about his golf game, and this is what he had to say.

" I started golf at the age of 15 after playing baseball for the majority of my earlier years. I have been a dedicated practicer since the beginning and thanks to early support from my parents I was able to begin taking golf lessons from rob Noel at the rob Noel golf academy. This got me off to a good start due to the fact that I was able to develop good fundamentals early. I played my first MJGA event at the beginning of my sophomore summer. This opened doors to a lot of great times as well as many new friendships which I still have today. I feel as if my biggest accomplishment to date is that I have made my parents proud. They have been 100 percent behind me since my start and I am glad that I can make all of their trouble and hard work worth while. If I could say anything about my game I would say that I have a good short game and I play to percentages. This allows me to score well even if I am not playing my best golf. Some of my goals for the future would be to be successful at the division one level as well as the level after that. I would also like to thank the MGA and staff for putting on such great tournaments which have led me to becoming the golfer and person I am today."

Hayes has most recently signed with the University of Southern Mississippi's golf team and will be joining the Golden Eagles next year. USM will be lucky to have such an enthusiastic golfer on their team. While we may not have had Hayes in the MJGA for many years, we still get to see him as he returns to play in some of our MGA events as well. We wish him the very best of luck as he pursues his dreams and goals. With the dedication and drive he has, we know he will be nothing short of successful!

November 13th, 2013-Player of the Week Robert Willis

This week’s Feature Player of the Week is Robert Willis of Grenada, 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, Robert was able to accomplish quite a lot.

With four Top 10 finishes, one being a runner up, Robert 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 Robert is going to do out there on the course. His golf game is very exciting. Over the course of 8 years alone, Robert has collected over ten Top 10 finishes in various tournaments. In 2012 he finally secured the title of Senior Amateur Champion after securing finishes of Top 5 for several years. He also has many runner-up titles in the Norman Bryant Invitational as well. 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. He is very competitive but also loves to go out and have a good time on the course. We always enjoy having Robert compete in our tournaments. Best of luck to him in our 2014 season as we know he will return to battle it out for more titles!

November 6th, 2013- Player of the Week Brother Sandifer

The Player of the Week is Brother Sandifer! He is a wonderful person and great golfer. He has many successes, and we are happy to share with you a little about his story! Check it out: "I started playing golf while in college.  I had been a baseball player through my years and when I quit, I needed something to replace it.  Therefore, I took up the game of golf.  What a ride it has been!  Obviously golf became my passion.  When I began playing, I made the mistake of never taking a lesson.  I just went and started playing and never learned the proper golf grip.  To this day, I don't put the left thumb down the shaft; I use a ten finger baseball grip.  In 1989, I won my first two club championships.  One was in Houston, Texas, at Sweetwater Country Club, the other at my home, Greenville Golf and Country Club.  Since then I have won 5 additional club championships and three Senior club championships and one match play championship at our Club.  In one of my matches in the match play championship, I shot 29 on the front side by birdieing holes 3 through 9, talking about being in the zone and then birdieing number 11.  It was an incredible day.   However, I am most proud of having made the Mississippi Cup team.  As a pro golfer, the Ryder Cup is an utmost achievement for those players, besides winning a major championship.  For me, making the Mississippi Cup team and representing my State and my State's Golf Association is the ultimate.  Playing to win the Governor's Cup against the best players from the State of Arkansas has been a thrill for me.   Making close friends with other members of the Cup team and the MGA staff has been very satisfying in my life.  I will always cherish those good times. My other achievements in golf have been winning the Coast Senior Open by shooting 70 at Windance, 70 and Grand Bear and 73 at the Preserve.  Honestly, when I won that tournament, I had not been playing very well and I was shocked that I did play that well.  And finally, I will always be proud of winning the State Senior Four Ball with Ronnie Posey at Windance.  During the last round, we were playing against Ricky Sims and Bobby Maddox and I believe they were the 3 time defending champions,  we came to our 14th hole and Ronnie and I had a one shot lead.  I did not hit a very good tee shot and ended up with a bad lie on a hill and the ball was very much above my feet.   I took out my trusty 7 wood and use a baseball swing and hit it on the green over the water to about 10 feet from 190 yards out.  Bobby and Ricky had both hit good drives and had wedges in their hands.  But after my shot, they were both startled and both missed the green.  I made the putt for birdie and Ronnie and I went on the win.  To this day, every time I see Bobby, he reminds me of that shot."
As you can see, golf means a lot to Brother and we are thankful to have members in our association like himself. Thanks Brother for sharing your story, and we will see you on the tee for 2014!

November 3, 2013 - Tupelo CC wins the 19th Annual John Bryan Cup Championship

West Point, MS - Tupelo CC pulls out a win at the season ending John Bryan Cup at Old Waverly Golf Club. Tupelo competitors were unaffected by the difficult conditions that the remainder of the field witnessed and posted a 593 total, 17 over par.

Congratulations to all the members of the team, Vince Hodges, Michael Hodges, David Griffin, Chris Mills and Jud Vance, for their outstanding play over the weekend. Defending champion, Old Waverly Golf Club, was 8 strokes behind at 601 total. Greenwood Country Club posted low rounds in the final 18 holes, however were unable to catch the leaders, posting a 607 as team total.

Individual Champions, Damon Palmer, of the Mid Am Division and David Griffin, of the senior division, were both two under par, 142. Damon Palmer represented Natchez Trace Golf Club who placed fourth overall in the team championship. David Griffin, represented team champions, Tupelo Country Club. Host facility Golf Profesional, Greg Flannagan was pleased to see such a great turn-out and looks forward to future championships. Many thanks to all participating teams for making the event a success in 2013. The Mississippi Golf Association thanks all Old Waverly staff for their continued hospitality over the years and their commitment to welcoming teams from across the state to their club. We look forward to seeing all the teams again next season. 

For complete results and final round pairings, please click here.

November 2, 2013 - Tupelo CC and Old Waverly GC top of the Leaderboard

West Point, MS - Two past champions, Tupelo Country Club and Old Waverly, are top of the leaderboard here at the nineteenth annual John Bryan Cup Team Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club.

Defending team champions represented by, Tracey Cockerham, Randall Weems, John Dowdle, Don West and Wilkes Bryan, posted eleven over par, 299. Tupelo Country Club also posted a 299. Tupelo Country Club came out strong, represented by Jud Vance, David Griffin, Michael Hodges, Vince Hodges and Chris Mills. Low round medalist, Michael Hodges, was representing Tupelo Country Club. Hodges turned after the front nine at three under, 33, and held onto his lead through the more difficult second nine. Chris Mills was unable to finish the round due to back problems, however Tupelo was able to finish strong and remain tied for the lead with only four teammates. Following close behind these leaders is another past champion, Greenwood Country Club. With only three strokes to make up, Greenwood is certainly in a position to steal the show being strongly represented by, Robert Pannell, Alan Ellis, Austin Wilkey, Michael Naaman and Robby Rice.

Difficult conditions with strong winds from the north affected many participants performance. The forecast for the final round appears to be cooler with a similar strong wind. Looking forward to the final round with much to be determined with another eighteen holes of play.

For complete results and final round pairings, please click here.

October 30, 2013 - The MGA has a New Golfer in Town!

Jackson, MS - Margo and Eddie Coleman welcomed their new baby boy to the world last night, October 29, at 6:18 pm. Both Margo and Mac are doing well and have enjoyed their first day together. We are sure to see little Mac on the first tee soon.

Here are the MGA, we are filled with joy for the Coleman Family and with them much happiness with their sweet baby boy. As Margo spends time over the next several weeks with the new addition to her family, please direct any questions for the MGA to Emily Sullivan at or call us at 601-939-1131.

October 30, 2013 - Feature Player of the Week, Ben Snow

Ben Snow of Hattiesburg, MS is our feature player of the week! Ben is one of our MGA members and we are proud to share a little bit about him with you all. As you can see from the picture, Ben's most recent success with the MGA came from this year's Mid-Amateur Championship played at Hattiesburg Country Club.

After battling it out for three rounds, he came up on top and beat out Joel Myrick, who is also of Hattiesburg, to clench the title. We asked Ben to share a little about his golf game, and the following came from his interview: “My path to golf is really a result of where I grew up.  In Canton, Mississippi, that's what you did; you played golf, and you played it well.  That is an absolute reflection of the man that ran the local club.  Robbie Webb created a culture in that town that almost seems impossible these days.  The list of great players that are from or have ties to Canton is endless.  I grew up idolizing players like Joe Iupe, Jr., Ricky Sims, and Leigh Brannon.  The culture at Canton Country Club created a competitive drive in all the juniors who played there.  With fellow juniors that included Gabe Baldwin, Will White, and Wes Willis, it was harder for me to win a $1 bet at my home course than it was to win the state junior.  But most importantly, Mr. Webb taught all the juniors the importance in being good individuals.  It was truly an honor to tell Mr. Webb that I had received a scholarship to play golf at his alma mater, Southern Miss. As I grew up, my life revolved around the game. Golf gave me mentors that taught me lessons I still carry with me today.  I spent many late afternoons playing with my grandfather learning a lot more about succeeding at life than succeeding at golf.  He was a good player, but he never broke 70.  I remember being 13 years old and chipping in on 18 to shoot 69 in the men's club championship.  I don't think I have ever seen by grandfather prouder than he was at that moment.  Traveling across the country as a junior and as a collegiate player, I realized one of the game's greatest attributes.  No matter where you are, and no matter where you're from, you will always have a common bond with a fellow golfer.  Golf has become a major part of my identity.  All of my recommendations to law school were written by men I met on the golf course.  After law school, I joined a firm whose senior partner played golf at Ole Miss and met me on the golf course.  Golf is so much more than a game; it provides you with opportunities to develop discipline, increase your integrity, grow your career, and create relationships that will last a lifetime.

October 27, 2013 - Amateurs come out strong to sneak past the MPGA

Tunica, MS- After being one point down following the first day did not intimidate the Amateurs. Amateurs came out strong and began to gain on the Professionals early. Many matches were close after the completion of the first nine holes. Following this the Amateurs began to gain strength with some late wins that just about wrapped up the day. With four points in a row coming from amateurs, Robert Pannell, Lee Gladden, Grant Goforth and Eddie Brescher, the results of the matches were almost decided. Twelve singles matches resulted in the amateurs taking the lead, winning 7.5 points to the professionals 4.5 points. Final results were once again close with the MGA collecting 13 points in total to win the cup. Captain of the Mississippi Amateurs, Greg Gough, was pleased with the results and enjoyed leading his team to victory.

Many thanks to the Tunica National staff for their hospitality throughout the matches. Director of Golf, Bob Wolcott, represented the MPGA and won two out of his three matches. Wolcott certainly used his course knowledge to his advantage. Many thanks for opening the course to Mississippi Professionals and Amateurs alike. Looking forward to the 2014 matches as lead Mississippi golfer compete at the highest level.

For complete results and singles matches, click here.

October 26, 2013 - MPGA Takes a One Point Lead at Tunica National Cup Matches

Tunica, MS- Here at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club, on an early Saturday morning, Amateur Golfers and Professional Golfers met on the first tee for a grueling match. Matches were all tied up following the Four-Ball round on a brisk Saturday morning. With six points left in the afternoon, Foursome matches were sure to be a true test of skill.

Historically, the Foursome matches are thought to be the most difficult format, although for Mississippi Golf this is not the case. The end result came down to the final hole where Amateurs, Alan Ellis and Lane Pippin, were one up against Professionals, Reed Hughes and Russ Putts. Russ had a 17 foot putt to win the hole and square the match, and drained it with little effort. This bringing the total to 6.5 for Professionals and 5.5 for Amateurs.

The Singles matches will commence at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. Singles are sure to be a true test between the titans of amateur and professional golf in the State of Mississippi. Looking forward to another round of tough competition.

For complete results and singles matches, click here.

Feature Player of the Week Cecil Watkins-

October 23rd, 2013- Cecil Watkins of Picayune, MS is not only our Feature Player for the Week, but is also this year’s Grand Masters Champion from the 2013 Senior Amateur Championship

held at Tunica National back in August.  Cecil shot 73-76-79 to finish at a tournament total of 228 and place him in first by four strokes, beating out Bill Lambert of Natchez. A resident of Picayune, he enjoys golf as one of his favorite activities. Cecil has played in many MGA events and has had great success during his membership with us. He also took home the title of Grand Master Champion in 2012 when the Senior Amateur was played at Beau Pre'. Cecil is someone you can count on who will show up and be competitive when he comes to play, but also can enjoy his round at the same time. It is a privilege to have Cecil be an MGA member, and we look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in his 2014 season with us.

Feature Player of the Week- Robert Pannell
October 16th, 2013- Robert Pannell of Greenwood, MS is our feature player for the week! Robert is one of our MGA members who you can always count on to have a smile on his face, and enjoy the company he is with. 
He plays in several MGA events every year, and his dedication to golf is evident. In 2007, he won the Robbie Webb Award which is given to recipients who have shown outstanding contributions to junior golf in the state of Mississippi. That same year Robert served as one of the Team Captains for the MS Junior Cup Matches.  In 2010, Robert won the State Four-Ball with his partner Alan Ellis, also of Greenwood. In 2012 he earned the title Senior Player of the Year, and had a runner-up finish at the Senior Amateur.  We asked Robert to share some memories with us, and this is what he had to say: “Well, I guess I have three things I am most proud of from playing golf. The first, being inducted in the Delta State University Sports Hall of Fame. The reason I went there was to be able to play college golf, so everything worked out great. The second, winning the Senior Player of the Year last year. It was a goal of mine and took a lot of fairly good play to do it. We have lots of good Seniors here. The third, winning the State Four-Ball with my good friend and partner, Alan Ellis. I was 49 years old so I knew he was about to dump me! Winning a state event was a long time coming. You know, golf has been such a huge part of my life. It is hard to imagine where I would be without it. I met my wife at a golf tournament, and lots of my best friends I have also met through playing golf. My time spent serving on the MGA and MJGA Boards was so special because it allowed me to give back. You know, what I really love about golf is that you can compete for such a long time. I have a couple of pretty lofty goals left that I hope to accomplish. I may not get them, but it will sure be fun trying"
Thanks Robert for your commitment to the Mississippi Golf Association and we look forward to watching you reach your goals!

Feature Player of the Week Stewart Horsley-

October 11th, 2013- This week we are highlighting a player who secured his first Senior Amateur title this year in Tunica! Stewart Horsley of Jackson, Mississippi is a member at the Country Club of Jackson 
and his most recent success with the MGA came this August when he won the 2013 Senior Amateur at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club. Stewart began playing golf when he was 7 and played tournament golf until late high school. While he was a reasonably accomplished golfer, he played other sports as well so he didn't focus on golf enough to compete at the collegiate level. However, Stewart says some of his fondest memories of golf as a junior were the times he spent playing with his dad and having him watch and support Stewart in his tournaments.
Not focusing enough on golf is a regret he has, because he thinks playing during college would have been something enjoyable for him. Stewart took close to 15 years off from golf while he was enrolled in college, medical school and surgical residency, as he only had time to play very rarely during that time. Once he picked it up again, he was thrilled at his ability to be able to get back to playing at a competitive level. "It is pretty frustrating to learn the game as an adult even for someone who grew up playing golf. Playing with really accomplished golfers in town like Mike Taylor and Johnny Lang helped motivate me to be better. I am fortunate to get to play regularly with a great group of guys of all age ranges, including some of the up and coming junior stars like Wilson Furr to some of the more exceptional senior golfers like Fred Brister and Mike Taylor. As in any sport, being around these talented players has helped me to elevate my game" says Stewart.
He ultimately plays golf because it is fun, and he loves to compete. It also is really the only game that allows men and women of vastly different ages and abilities to compete on the same level field. Through golf, his wife Lisa and son Haynes have been able to spend much time together out on the course enjoying each other's company. Congratulations on this year's big win, Stewart and we look forward to seeing you on our 2014 tournament tour season!

Feature Player of the Week Alan Ellis-

October 2nd, 2013- 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 know he will bring in competitive rounds.  From Greenwood, Alan began playing the game around the age of 5. He grew up playing and competed 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 31 MGA tournaments in just the past 5 years. Among those 31 tournaments, Alan holds over 9 Top 10 finishes and 5 Wins overall. Those wins include the 2010 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 7 MGA events this year, and will play in the MS Cup Matches at the end of the month to bring that to 8. We look forward to seeing how your 2014 season plays out, and best of luck to you Alan!

Feature Player of the Week Chad Ramey-

September 27th, 2013-Chad Ramey is a Senior at Mississippi State University. The son of Stanley and Trish Ramey, Chad grew up in Fulton, MS. He began playing golf when he was young, thanks to his dad’s influence, but when he was 4 he began playing on a regular basis, and then at the age of 7 he started playing tournament golf.  

Becoming one of the youngest players to compete in the State Amateur Championship, Chad made his first appearance as a 12 year old player in 2005 at Hattiesburg Country Club. Chad became quite successful as his game grew throughout the years.  As an MJGA player, he was the player of the year and played in the Big I in 2008, then he went on to win the State Boys Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2010 before entering college. As a collegiate golfer, his first year started out with appearances in a team-best 10 tournament and 29 rounds. In 2010, Chad tied for 13th in the State Amateur Championship. Moving on into his sophomore year, he had a Top 15 finish in 7 out of his 10 tournaments, and also became the first golfer in Maroon and White to be named to the All-SEC second-team since 2000. During the summer of 2011, Chad took home the title at the 2011 Greenwood Invitational at Greenwood Country Club and tied for 5th in the State Amateur Championship.  His Junior year of college continued with many more successes, playing in all 12 of the team’s regular season tournaments, winning his first tournament at the Tiger Invitational, and being named a First Team All SEC member, and made the PING All Region team, just to name a few. He also competed in the 2012 State Amateur Championship and placed 4th. “While these are great honors, I hope to end this year as an All American. Being an All American would greatly help me get to my dream of being a PGA Tour Professional.” We know there are great things ahead for this incredible golfer and we look forward to seeing what all he can accomplish as he chases his dream. Good luck Chad!

Gallagher and Roberts to Represent Mississippi

September 16th, 2013- Cissye Gallagher of Greenwood, Kathleen Gallagher of Greenwood, and Meagan Roberts of Ocean Springs, will represent Mississippi this week at the USGA Women's State Team. This year's championship is being played at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, September 17-19.

Cissye Gallagher has played on several USGA State Teams for Mississippi and is a 10 time MWGA State Amateur Champion. Kathleen Gallagher is a junior at Pillow Academy, our 2012 MJGA Overall Girls Player of the  Year, the reigning MWGA State Amateur Champion, and the reigning MWGA Girls Junior Amateur Champion. Meagan Roberts is a former collegiate player, Roberts played for the University of Arkansas.

The USGA Women's State Team Championship is played every other year and each state is invited to send a team of 3 players. The format is individual stroke play, with the low two scores each day counting for the team score. Team Mississippi begins at 12:35 on Hole #1 on Tuesday, September 17th.

Follow Team Mississippi click on Women's State Team Championship.  GOOD LUCK to Cissye, Kathleen, and Meagan!! If you are following along via twitter, use #WomensStateTeam

August 27, 2013- Homan and Groover Cruise on to the US Mid Amateur

Tunica- There were 31 players who showed up in Tunica, MS for the 2013 US Mid Amateur Qualifier, playing for two spots in this year's championship. The winner of the US Mid Amateur will get an automatic birth into the 2014 Masters.

Clay Homan of Starkville, was our medalist in yesterday's event. Homan shot a fantastic six under par 66. Also qualifying for this year's championship was Homewood, Alabama's Steven Groover. Groover was one shot off of the medalist pace with an equally impressive five under par 67. Justin Elliot of Hattiesburg shot a two under par 70, to claim the first alternate spot. Winning in a playoff for the second alternate spot, was Brad Davis of Suwanee, GA, who tied with Brad Riles of Madison, MS and Matt Cooper of Memphis, TN at one under 71. Congratulations to both of the players who qualified and to the two that qualified for the alternate spots. This year's National Mid Amateur will be held in Birmingham, AL on September 5-10. We look forward to seeing more red numbers from all of our competitors. For complete results from yesterday's qualifier please click here.

August 25, 2013- Stewart Horsley Returns Home With the 2013 Senior Amateur Championship Title

Tunica- Players arrived at Tunica National for their third and final round to find a day full of low, darker clouds, slight winds, and a much cooler temperature. While the sunshine hid, the players hit the course to see what they could do in their final round. After having two days to learn the course, they were ready to come out with a strong game plan.

In our Senior Championship flight, our two day leader Stewart Horsley of Jackson brought in another great round shooting 73 to place him at 215 for the tournament total. He certainly came prepared to play and it paid off for him as he takes home his first Senior Amateur title. Ken Peacock of Brandon was only 5 shots back and posted a round of 75 to place him in second place. For our Senior First flight, Philip Roberts of New Albany went 78-72-75 to place him at 225 and win the flight. Bill Hood of Greenville and Pete Powell of Natchez tied for second in the flight by carding tournament totals of 226. In our Senior Second flight, Paul Hunt of Eupora posted scores of 78-82 and a one-under 71 today to snatch the win for that flight with a total of 231. Behind him also one shot back is Dill Gunn of Brandon who posted a 232 total. In our Senior Third flight, Lamar Murrell of McComb fired rounds of 88-80-79 bringing him to a total of 247 for the win. Kelly Greenwood of Charleston finished behind him scoring 86-87-78 for 251. Our Super Senior division brought in some excellent scores throughout the weekend. After today’s final round, Fred Brister of Jackson walked away with the Super Senior Championship title after posting an even par 72 to place him at 215 for the weekend. Our defending champion Ken Hogue played very well but was unable to catch Brister. He posted scores of 69-76-73 for a total of 218. Lynn Pippin also brought in a tournament total of 218, tying Hogue for second place. In our Super Senior First flight, Steve McMicking of Hernando was our champion for the weekend. He carded rounds of 80-75-73 for a total of 228. Danny Hooker of Pontotoc was close behind, firing a 230 for the weekend, and Tommy Morgan of Tupelo also fired a 230 total, which put them both in second place for the flight. For the Super Senior Second flight, Robin Foley of Brandon ended the weekend with scores of 84-79-76 for a tournament total of 239. Mike Justice of Madison was one stroke behind him, totaling a 240 after shooting 87-77-76. Finally, our Grand Master Championship flight ended with the defending champion Cecil Watkins of Picayune bringing home the win for another year. He managed to squeeze past John Garner and fire a round of 2 over 74 to bring his total to 234 for the weekend. John Garner of Petal struggled a bit and carded an 81 which put him in second place with a total of 240. Our third place winner Larry Wagster of Oxford also carded an 81 and finished at 246 for the tournaments. We enjoyed a wonderful weekend up in Tunica with the Seniors and the staff of Tunica National. We couldn’t do it without the help of the club, and without our Seniors being willing to come out and play, so we thank you! Looking forward to another great battle for the title in 2014!

August 24, 2013- Horsley In the Lead After Round Two

Tunica- After two rounds in the books here at Tunica Nation Golf Club, Stewart Horsley, of Jackson, stands alone at the top of the leaderboard. Horsley opened the tournament with an opening round 73, and had a share of the lead. Today he was our only player in the Senior Division to shoot under par.

His three under par 69, in today's round, puts him three shots ahead of the rest of the field. Ken Peacock, of Brandon, is in second place after his 72-73-145. Right behind him, Robert Pannell of Greenwood, and Dean Brown of Brandon, are at a two day total 146. Horsley will looks to finish strong and take home the title in his first Senior Amateur.

In the Super Senior Division, Jackson's Fred Brister has taken the top spot by himself. Brister has a two day total of one under par 143. Two shots behind him is Fulton's Ken Hogue. Hogue is our Super Senior defending champion, and will be looking to make up the two shots, and successfully defend his title. Rounding our our top three is Batesville's Joel Rivers. Rivers has fired 75-71 for a two day total of 146.

We have a very close race in this year's Grand Master Division. John Garner of Petal, 82-77-159, is sitting at the top of the leaderboard. Only one shot behind him is our defending champion, Cecil Watkins of Picayune. Watkins was our first round leader with a 78, and fired a second round 82, to find himself one shot behind. In third place, Larry Wagster, of Oxford, is six shots behind our leader after his 82-83-165.

We are looking forward to seeing what tomorrow's final round will bring. This year's tournament has been extremely exciting and very competitive. Tomorrow's tee times will start at 7:30 in the morning, on both tees. Click here to for all scores and tee times.


August 23, 2013- Seven Tied for the Lead after

Tunica- A beautiful sunrise welcomed 85 Senior Amateur Competitors this morning to Tunica National for the 54 hole competition. Following the first round, the Senior Division leaderboard is all tied up with seven at one over par, 73. Robert Willis, Stewart Horsley, Greg Brooking, David Griffin, Dean Brown, Robert Pannell and Ken Peacock all sit in close contention with a great deal of golf remaining.

Lowest rounds of the day came from the Super Senior Division with Fred Brister of Jackson and Ken Hogue of Fulton both posting three under par, 69. Brister and Hogue pulled away from the field early with their closest competition in George Hinman who finished three strokes back. Cecil Watkins of Picayune is once again defending his title and has come prepared. Watkins posted 78 in the opening round with one birdie on the front nine. Larry Wagster and John Garner are in close range, both at 82, and likely to pick up some strokes in the second round.

Tunica National course is in pristine condition and greens are rolling true. Looking forward to more competitive rounds this weekend. Second round will commence at 7:30am and has been repaired based on score. For first round results and second round pairings please click here.

August 11, 2013-Clear Skies Hold For Final Round of Yamaha Coast Open

The final round of the Yamaha Coast Open has come to a close. After flighting the players, we had three flights in the Open Division and two in the Senior Division. Our Open Championship flight winner held the lead the entire duration of the tournament

and took home the win after posting a score of 73 to bring his three-day total to 202.Following behind him was Connor Davis of Olive Branch who carded a two-under 70 to place him in second place for the tournament. Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs and Kevin Brady of Brandon tied for third with a tournament total of 212.

Our Open 1st flight winner Ian McAdams of Madison managed to beat out Riley Baggett of Diamondhead after carding a 73 today, while Riley posted one shot back 74 which landed him in second place. Gabe Ahlers of Kiln and Daniel Des los Santos of Lancaster, TX tied for third.

The Open 2nd flight winner Ronnie Averett of Loranger, LA finished in the top of his flight with a score of 235. In second was Danny Coleman of Grand Bay, AL who finished at 245, while Chad Overstreet of Lucedale and Fant Carpenter of Wiggins tied for third 244.

Mike Hymel of Hammond, LA won our The Senior Championship flight after shooting 74-72-70 to place him in first. Coming in behind him was Robert Smith of Long Beach whose tournament total was 219. In third for the Seniors was Joey Landrum of Ovett who finished at 220 for the weekend. Overall we had an excellent weekend on the Coast and the players sincerely enjoyed getting to tackle the course for three days.  Special thanks to Jeff Jungers and Yamaha for their sponsorship, Tommy Snell, Shell Landing, their golf course and maintenance staff, Kenny Hughes and Alan Walker for all their help.

August 10, 2013- Ramey Extends Lead After Shooting 67

Players were faced with the news that it would be cart-path only today when they arrived at the first tee. Unfortunately, this meant extra time added for them to be out in the humidity, but the players handled it well and battled the course for another great second round.

Kyle Ramey posted another excellent round after shooting a 67 to extend his lead to 13 under par, 131. Kevin Brady is in second with a two-day total of 139. Behind him is Connor Davis who posted a 140 tournament total so far.  Joey Landrum is our leader for the Senior Division after shooting a 68 today to put him at a two-day total of 142. Tied for second place is Bill Hatchett, Robert Smith and Mike Hymel who both posted 146 two-day totals. The defending champion, Greg Brooking sits at 5th not far behind with a tournament total of 148, and Lynn Pippin is in 6th with a total of 150. First round leader Chris Savoy stumbled to an 85 today which places him in 7th. Tee times for the final round of the Yamaha Coast Open tomorrow will be split between 1 and 10 and will be starting again at 7:30. Check back in to see how the players finish out!

August 9, 2013- Ramey Runs Away With Lead At Coast Open

 After facing intermittent rain, the first round of the Yamaha Coast Open is complete. Coming in with a stunning round of 8-under 64, Kyle Ramey of Gulfport has taken the lead for the clubhouse. Also shooting low rounds today was Kevin Brady of Brandon,Connor Davis of Olive Branch and Brandon Laird of Biloxi who all shot 68.

Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs carded a 3-under 69 while Zachary Myers, also of Ocean Springs, followed right behind him shooting 2-under 70. For our Senior Division, Curtis Savoy of Little Rock, AR fired an impressive 66 to place him in the lead. Our 2012 champion Greg Brooking came in at even par second place. Coming in behind him is Bill Hatchett of Diamondhead who carded a one-over 73 to put him in third. There are several players who are certainly in contention, and we look forward to seeing how the weekend plays out for these guys!

August 4, 2013- Respess Starts Slow But Finishes on Top

Grenada- The 2013 Grenada Invitational is officially in the books after a great weekend competition. Miles Respess of Paragould, Arkansas had a slow start this morning and turned at 4 over for the day. He quickly recovered with five straight birdies on numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 to get back in the red for the day. He managed to hold everyone off and finish the day at 1 under par and 6 under for the weekend.

Greenville's Michael Naaman played steady to day by firing a final round of even par and finishing the weekend in second place at 5 under par. Nick Smith of Senatobia, Brent Thomas of Grenada, and T. Robert Oakley of Senatobia all tied for third at 2 under par for the weekend. Robert Pannell of Greenwood and Brandon Jenkins of Southhaven tied for first in our first flight at 2 over par for the weekend. Jenkins pulled it out in the score card play off and took first while Pannell took second. Hap Brister took third with a score of 4 over par for the weekend. Greenville's Bill Hood came away with first in the second flight with a two day total of 11 over par, while Harris Gholson of Holly Spring took second with a total of 13 over par. Joey Landrum, Daryl Cox, and Tait Darby all tied for third with two day totals of 14 over par. Derek Denman of Bartlett TN took the win in the third flight with a two day total of 14 over par. Addison Moore of Grenada came in second with a total of 16 over par, while Grenada's Mike Carver took third with a total of 17 over par. Winning the fourth flight, with a two day total of 19 over par, is Grenada's Justin Dyre. Ben Dehart, also of Grenada, took second with 20 over par, and in third, with a two day total of 21 over par, is Justice Gondwe of Grenada. Adam Bowen of Greenwood took first in the fifth flight with a two day total of 25 over par, while Tim Wilson of Potts Camp took second with a total of 29 over par. Tied for third, with a total of 39 over par for the weekend, is Stephen Sullivan of Batesville and Peter Patterson of Oxford. We would like to extend a special thank you to Robert Willis and the staff at Perry Creek Golf Club for all their help and dedication to making this a great event. For complete results, Click Here.

August 3, 2013- Naaman and Respess Stand Alone at the Top in Grenada

Grenada- On a day that featured two hole in ones, their were two players that sit atop the leaderboard after round one. Michael Naaman of Greenville eagled his third hole of the day to jump start his round. He kept it going on the back nine to shoot a great round of five under 66. Miles Respess of Paragould, Arkansas, joined him at the five under mark.

After making the turn at three under, Miles also held it together one the last nine holes, to also come in with a 66. We have four players behind them at two under par. Robert T. Oakley of Sentatobia, TJ Morgan of Calhoun City, Rory Nelson of Lucedale, and Richard Reed of Starkville, will all start the day three shots behind our two leaders. We want to say a congratulations to David Love of Grenada, who had a hole in one on hole number 12, and Benton Smith of Oxford, who had a hole in one on hole 15. Tee times will begin tomorrow morning at 8:30. Good Luck to all competitors. Click here for all results and flights.

July 14, 2013- Homan Snatches his Second Title at the Greenwood Invitational

Greenwood- It was no surprise that Clay Homan of Starkville was going to be the winner as his group was finishing the second nine holes. Coming into the third and final round, Clay was in the lead by 3 strokes.

Richard Reed of Starkville made an impressive run at him after making a birdie on his first five holes, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to catch him. Homan finished his round carding a 2 under par 70 to give him a tournament total of 203. Chanat Sakulpophaisan of Starkville, who happens to be coached by Homan at Mississippi State, took second place after posting a score of even par 73 to bring him to a three-day total of 208. Tied for third place was John Luke Tyner of Memphis and Brian Gates of Jackson. Both ended up with tournament totals of 209, but Tyner fired a 3 under 69 today while Gates posted a  2 under 70. This was Tyner’s first Greenwood Invitational appearance. Greenwood Country Club has hosted this Invitational for 66 years, and it is truly an amazing event. The Head Professional, Randy Bensley could not have done a better job preparing his staff, the club, and the event. A special thank you goes out to the Superintendent, Eric Coomer, for getting the course to the excellent condition it was in. The Greenwood Invitational is certainly an event you don’t want to miss out on in 2014.

July 13, 2013 Homan Takes a Strong Lead

Greenwood– The second round of the 2013 Greenwood Invitational is in the books. Clay Homan of Starkville fired a stunning 6 under 66 in his second round to take the lead by 3.

Following closely in the championship flight is Mississippi State’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan who finished the day with a 3 under 69. In third is Jackson’s Brian Gates who carded a 2 under 70 in the second round. Our first flight holds Ricky Sims of Canton and Robert Pannell of Greenwood who are tied at a 36 hole total of 146. Our second flight has another tie at the top of the leaderboard. Austin Wilkey of Greenwood and Brent Thomas of Grenada are tied at a 2 day total of 153. Channing Upchurch of Greenwood and Kyle Keys of Brandon are tied for third flight lead at a total of 158. The fourth flight has a five way tie with Bobo Catoe of Sumner, David Sellers of Madison, Jack Combest of Meridian, Mike Johnson of Lauderdale and Roger Easley of Cleveland are tied with a two day total of 163. Cooper Dunn and William Buckley of Greenwood are tied at 168 for the fifth flight. There is a five way tie in the sixth flight between Andy Sumrall of Brandon, Jackson Pannell of Greenwood, Jason Singh of Greenwood, Richard Fairchild of Madison, Sam Wilson of Potts Camp, and Dennis Harper of Potts Camp are tied with a two day total of 174. Robert Ellis of Greenwood and Tim Sweney of Oxford are tied for the lead in the seventh flight with a two day total of 180. Larry Crawford of Greenwood leads the eighth flight with a two day total of 189. For complete results click here.

July 12, 2013- Low Scores in Opening Round of Greenwood Invitational

Greenwood- Ten at the top of the leaderboard in Greenwood are sitting under par going into the second round. The sixty-sixth annual Greenwood Invitational was not unlike any other. The field of 140 amateurs is packed solid with great talent and a good bit of heart and determination to come out on top.

Defending Champion, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan, returns with an opening round of 67, five under par, putting him at the top of the leaderboard. Currently tied with Chanat is none other but his coach at Mississippi State University, Clay Homan. Homan and Sakulpolphaisan were in the final pairing off the first hole and managed to go neck and neck. Also in that final pairing of the day was Richard Reed, who fired a record breaking 68 today. Great opening round at the 66th Annual Invitational, looking forward to what is to come. Flights will be made following the second round of play so come back tomorrow or follow us on your iPhone or Android device by downloading the GHIN Mobile App today.

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July 11, 2013- Greenwood Invitational Field is set for this Weekend

The state's top amateurs are playing this weekend in the 66th Greenwood Invitational at Greenwood Country Club. Defending champion Chanat Sakulpolphaisan is in the field this week, along with former champions: Josh Oller, Alan Ellis, and Clay Homan. The first round starts at 7:50 on Friday. You can follow live scoring on our website. Good Luck to all the players!

June 23, 2013- Brescher Takes the Title in Greenville

Greenville- Eddie Brescher of Canton managed to hold off the field despite some great final rounds today here in Greenville. Brescher fired a final round 3 under 69 to finish the weekend at 8 under par and clench the title by 3 strokes.

Claiming second with the low round for the day is Greenwood’s Alan Ellis who carded an impressive final round of 4 under par 68. Ellis finished the weekend at a total of 5 under par. Rodney Boswell of Lyon took third after a stunning double eagle on number 9 and finishing the day with a 3 over 75. Boswell finished at one under par for the weekend. Mike Brown of Greenville and Ricky Sims of Canton tied for the win in the 1st flight with a total score of 8 over par for the weekend. Sims carded a final round of 4 over par 76 and Brown finished with a final round of 1 over 73. There was also a tie for third as Tracey Cockerham of Hamilton and Chris Tharpe of Brandon both finished the weekend at 10 over par. Both Cockerham and Tharpe fired final rounds 4 over par 76. Ken Horton of Merigold took the win in the 2nd flight with his impressive closing round of 1 under par 71. Horton finished the weekend with a total of 9 over par. Daniel Finan of Meridian claimed second after carding a final round of 2 over 74 to finish the weekend at 12 over par. Brandon’s James Trammell took third with his final round of 4 over 76 to finish the weekend at 14 over par. Greenville’s own Brother Sandifer claimed the win in the 3rd flight after firing a final round of 5 over par 77. Sandifer finished his weekend with a total of 16 over par. Mike Kent of Greenville claimed second with his final round of 6 over 78 to finish the weekend at 17 over par. Coming in third with a final round of 7 over 79 is Greenwoods Austin Wilkey. Wilkey finished the weekend with a total of 18 over par. Greenville’s Mark Scott took the win in the 4th flight of the regular division. Scott fired a final round of 7 over par 79 for a total of 27 over par for the weekend. Madison’s Randal Merchant took second after carding a final round of 15 over par 87 for a total of 29 over par for the weekend. Keith Phelps of Clarksdale took third with a final round of 12 over 84 and 30 over for the weekend. The Super Seniors posted some very competitive final rounds today. Jackson’s Fred Brister held off the field and clenched the title by firing a final round of one under par 71. Brister finished the weekend with a total score of 5 under par 139. He was closely followed by Ken Hogue of Fulton who finished the day with an even par 72 and total score of 2 under 142 for the weekend. George Hinman of Brandon took third in the Super Senior Championship Flight carding a 2 over par 74 to finish the weekend at 2 over par. Cecil Watkins of Picayune took the win in the first flight of the super senior division by firing a 3 over par 75 and finishing the weekend at 12 over par. Coming in second is Greenville’s Cameron Montgomery who finished the weekend with a final round of 7 over 79 and 13 over for the weekend. There was a tie for third between Bob Oliver and Philip Doolittle, both of Greenville, at 15 over par. We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Greenville for all of their hard work and dedication. To view complete results click here.

June 22, 2013- Bresher Takes an Early Lead in Greenville

Greenville- Greenville Country Club is in excellent condition and provided a perfect stage for some great opening rounds at the 2013 Greenville Invitational. After a slow start on his opening nine, Canton's Eddie Brescher regained his composure to post a 7 under par 29 on his second nine holes. Brescher finished the day with an impressive 5 under par 67 and has the lead by 1.

Tied for the lead in the 1st flight with a score of 4 over 76 is Canton's Ricky Sims and Brent Thomas of Grenada. Kent Hobart of Hollandale has the lead in the 2nd flight after posting an opening round of 8 over par 80. Greenville's own Scott Christensen has the lead in the 3rd flight with a score of 10 over par 82. Randall Merchant of Madison and Olive Branch's Jodie Clayton are tied for the lead in the 4th flight after firing an opening round of 14 over par 86. The Super Senior Division has a very competitive field this weekend with Jackson's Fred Brister carding a stunning 4 under 68 to take the early lead. Cameron Montgomery of Greenville takes the lead in the 1st flight of the Super Senior Division after posting an opening round of 6 over par 78. We are anticipating an exciting finish in the final round here in Greenville. For complete results of the opening round click here.

June 16, 2013- Final Round of the Father Son/Daughter Comes to a Close

Jackson- It was another beautiful day here at Colonial Country Club’s Deerfield Course as round 3 of the BancorpSouth Father Son/Daughter. The conditions were perfect as the A division started their third round this morning.

The team of Brandon’s Caleb and Mark Terry took full advantage of the great scoring conditions by posting a final round of 7 under 65 to claim the title in the 2013 BancorpSouth Father Son/ Daughter. Our 36 hole leaders managed to hold off the field and win by two strokes. There was a tie for second between Kevin and Mark Brady of Brandon and Michael Gregory and Michael Gregory Jr. of Brandon at a total score of 187. The tie was broken by a scorecard playoff where Kevin and Mark Brady took second place.  Tim McCabe Jr. and Tim McCabe Sr. Gulfport took the win in the A division after a scorecard playoff between 3 different teams tied at 22 under par for the weekend. Finishing in second place after the scorecard playoff is the team of Austin and Dr. Allen Smithers of Hattiesburg. Jeff and Mark Matthews of Brandon claimed third. The team of Brent and Chase Saunders of Jackson finished the day with a 10 under 62 to take the win in the second flight of the A division. Claiming second with a total score of 16 under for the weekend is Brandon’s Shane Humphries and Grady Humphries of Port Gibson. The team of Chris McMillen of Starkville and Brandon’s Glynn Mcmillen took third with a score of 14 under for the weekend. The Mississippi Golf Association wants to extend a special thank you to the staff of Colonial Country Club/ Deerfield and a special thanks to Bryant Himes and Leigh Brannan.

The B Division played their final round at the Country Club of Canton today. Coming into today’s final round we had three flights that were all closely competitive. In the B Championship flight John and Maury Hodgens had a three shot lead over Bill Bissell and Jay Watts. In the B First Flight Allan and Dean Martel had a one shot lead over both Rob and Les Triplett and Don and Donnie Antrim. In the B Second Flight Jeffrey and Michael Fortenberry were tied with Graham and Chuck Evans. After today’s final round in the Championship flight John and Maury Hodgens were our winners with a score of 195 for three days. The father/son pair of Sam and Tom Schisler claimed second place with a three day total of 197. Gayden and Jimmie Bell won the scorecard playoff at 198 to receive third place. In our First flight we had a three way tie for first place between Eric and Hilton Toney, Allan and Dean Martel, and Blake and Jimmy Powell. The Toney Family won the scorecard playoff. Martel claimed second place and the Powell family came in third. In the Second Flight of the B Division Team Delaski was our winner with a score of 214. Alec and Tommy Snell received second place with a three day total of 215. Rounding out our top three was Graham and Chuck Evans who won in a scorecard playoff.

Patrick Farms had a solid finish as the Division C players enjoyed another round on Father’s Day. Our Father Daughter Division finished with Team Rhodes coming in first with a three day total of 192. In second place was Team Stephens and Hogue, posting their score of 202. Finishing third in their division was Team Sims, bringing home a total of 211 and also both winning our Closest to the Pin proximities. For the Championship flight for the C Division was Team Taylor and Whitehead, finishing their three day total of 193. Following behind them was Team Moss and Shepard, posting a three day total of 205. Coming in third shortly behind second was Team Ruppert, posting a tournament total of 207. Our First flight for the C Division was Team Ryan, as they fired a total of 219 for the tournament. Team Jolly came in second place with a score of 220, and Team Clark followed closely behind with a score of 223. The Second flight for the C Division brought Team McGowan in for a first place win with scores of 231 for the weekend. Team Landrum placed second posting their scores of 236. Third place went to Team Kennedy, posting a score of 236 also for the tournament. Patrick Farms was a great course to finish out the weekend for the C Division.

June 15, 2013- Second Round of Father Son/Daughter Plays With Beautiful Weather

Jackson- A bright and early start at 8:30 sent the teams for the Father Son/Daughter tournament rolling into their second round. Another gorgeous day at Patrick Farms, Colonial CC-Deerfield and Country Club of Canton allowed for players to enjoy more quality time with their fathers, as well as some quality shots! For Division B at Patrick Farms, Team Hodgens stole the low round posting a score of 61. Our second lowest score went to Team Horlock who shot a score of 65. Tied for third is Team Schisler and Team Bell. At Colonial CC-Deerfield, our

The Team of Mark and Caleb Terry of Brandon are our 36 hole leaders. The duo managed to get around the Country Club of Canton in just 62 strokes in today's second round. To go with their -14(58) yesterday's opening round they are now 24 under par going into tomorrow's final round. They will have a 3 shot lead over 3 different teams. Mark and Kevin Brady, Edward and David Wall, and Michael Jr and his father Michael Gregory are all tied at a two day total of 123. The round of the day goes to the Father/Son pair of De and Ken Graeber who finished today's round at 13 under 59. Division A will play their final round tomorrow at Colonial Country Club-Deerfield Course. Tee times will be an 8:30 shotgun start.

Division C- The Father/Daughter Division has some very impressive scores posted as the weather allowed for some favorable playing conditions at Colonial CC-Deerfield. Scott and Reagan Rhodes of Ridgeland fired an impressive 11 under par round of 61 today to boost them to a total of 19 under par on the weekend. In second place and carding a 3 over par 75 finish on the day is the Team from Nashbille, Darrian Stephens and Ken Hogue of Fulton. Georgia and Marcus Sims of Madison are currently holding third after finishing the day with a round of 2 under 70 to go into the final round at 3 under. Also in the C Division stands the Championship Flight being led by Team Whitehead and Taylor of Texarkana and Brandon. This team carded a 7 under 65 with a total of 18 under going into the final round tomorrow. First flight in the C division is led by Nolan and Lynn Ryan of Madison who fired a 5 over 77. Gary Wiggs of Crystal Springs and Brandon's Mac Vaughn lead the second flight in the C Division with a two day combined score of 14 over par. We are looking forward to an exciting finish to the tournament tomorrow for the Father/Daughter and C Division teams at Patrick Farms.

June 14, 2013- Father Son/Daughter off to a Great Start

Jackson- It was a beautiful day in Jackson to spend time with Fathers at the 2013 BacorpSouth Father-Son/Daughter. Low rounds were expected as some top amateurs hit the links in the Jackson Metro area at Colonial CC-Deerfield, Patrick Farms GC and Country Club of Canton.

Team Terry posted the low round at Patrick Farms in Division A at 14 under par, 58. The leaderboard is all tied up in Division B with three teams at the top, Rippee, Bissell/Watts and Schisler. They are all tied at 6-under par, 66. The Father-Daughter division is all tied up with Hogue/Stephens and Team Rhodes both at 8-under, 64. Team Taylor and Whitehead jumped to an early lead in the C Division posting a 61, 11-under par.

It was a beautiful day for the first round and round two should be no different. Great to see so many sons and daughters spending time with their Fathers and Grandfathers. Many thanks to our courses for hosting such a fun championship. Welcome to all the teams who have made the trip to play for the weekend. Looking forward to some low rounds over the next two days.

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June 9, 2013- Wilson Takes Home the Title of 2013 State Amateur Champion

Saucier- Our final round of the 2013 State Amateur Championship finished up right as weather conditions worsened. After facing a 20 minute delay first thing this morning, the skies cleared for the majority of the round until the last hour of the tournament.

This made it a bit difficult, but the golfers pressed on and still posted some great scores. Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs took home the title with his round of 73 today to total him out at 279 for the week. Eddie Brescher of Canton, our winner of the Mike McGee first day low round trophy ended up in second place after shooting a 73 today. Josh Lampley placed third with his score of one under par 71 today. Our low rounds of today went to Joel Myrick, Brett Parker and Tim McCabe, Jr for shooting 69s. The top 25 players will automatically qualify for next year's State Am due to their performance this year.

June 8, 2013- Wilson Takes the Lead

Saucier- Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs takes the lead in the third round of the 2013 Mississippi State Amateur Championship. Wilson fired a 5 under 67 in the third round to take the lead by one stroke.

Our 36 hole leader, Canton's Eddie Brescher,  shot an even par third round 72 to drop to second place behind Wilson. Nick Beale of Gulfport also finished the day with an even par 72 to claim third place heading into the final round. Tied for 4th is Josh Lampley who also fired a round of 67 today to bring his three day total to 213. Lane Pippin is the other contender tied with Lampley. Last year's champion, Clay Homan, is only one stroke behind 4th place with his tournament total of 214, after shooting a five under, 67 round today. We look forward to what should be an exciting finish as we bring it home tomorrow at the Grand Bear Golf Course.

June 7, 2013- Brescher Maintains Lead Going into the Weekend

Saucier- Eddie Brescher of Canton maintains his lead by firing a 2nd round 3 under 69. After a slow start, Brescher came back finishing the day with a 4 under 32 on his second 9. He heads into the weekend with a 3 stroke lead over Pass Christian's Nick Beale.

Beale finished the day with a 2 under 70 to claim second place all to himself. Sacier's own Jared Smith, Oceans Spings's Steve Wilson and Amory's Barrett Edens are all in a three way time for third after coming in with a two day total of 141. Jared Smith and Edens tied each other for the round of the day at 4 under par 68. The Charles Green Trophy was claimed by Windance Country Club this year. This trophy goes to the two players from the same club with the lowest overall combined total. Jared Smith and Tim McCabe Jr. were this years receipients with a combine total of 4 under par 284. Tee times for the third round will start at 7:30 off number one and ten. 

For complete results, please click here or follow livescoring on the GHIN Mobile App.

June 6, 2013- Brescher is low in First Round of State Amateur

Saucier- Eddie Brescher of Canton went low this morning in the first round of the State Amateur Championship at Grand Bear Gold Course. An impressive start to the day with three birdies on ten, eleven and twelve setup Brescher perfectly and an eagle on number 2 solidified his place at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under par, 68. Brescher is awarded the Mike Magee Trophy as the low round medalist.

The closest competition sits two strokes back. Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs and Nick Beale of Pass Christian are tied at 2-under, 70. The second round will certainly be one to follow as the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following 36 holes.

Threatening weather held off for the afternoon and only a light rain came through. The Mississippi Golf Association sends out a big thanks to the entire staff at Grand Bear for the continuous hospitality. Looking forward to the remainder of the Championship and awarding the Spec Wilson trophy at the conclusion of play Sunday.

For complete results, please click here or follow livescoring on the GHIN Mobile App.

June 2, 2013- Familiar Champions do it Again at Back Acres

Senatobia- Another win for Sims and Oakley at the Back Acres Invitational was a surprise to no one. T. Robert Oakley's fifth win here in Senatobia was similar to all the others. Oakley pulled away from the field in the second round to win by four strokes, two under par, 142. Jim Beavers posted a low round today at 71 to finish runner-up, just not enough to catch Oakley.

Ricky Sims also ran away with the lead in the Senior Division with birdies on 17 and 18 to finish the tournament two under par, 142. Sims' low first round proved to be to his advantage. Defending Champion, Gary Oakley slipped on the back nine causing him to fall away from the lead. Oakley finished with a 75 in the second round, three strokes behind another title. Terrific finish for these senior amateur players.

The field was strong this year with 61 local amateurs competing for the title. Home course knowledge always proves to be the advantage as most of the leaders are regular players at the Back Acres Country Club. Many thanks to the Buck Matheny and the staff at Back Acres for hosting a great invitational. Mark your calendars for the next 2014 Back Acres Invitational.

For complete results please click here.

June 1, 2013- Great First Round at the Back Acres Invitational

Senatobia- Local amateurs were itching to get back on the course following the brief delay for the strong storm system that ploughed through the North Mississippi area. Play was suspended and later resumed, despite periods of light rain. Four-time defending champion, T. Robert Oakley, was the medalist for the day, posting a 1-under par, 71. Rodney Boswell sits two strokes back at 73 and is capable of moving in on the title. 

Past Senior Champion, Ricky Sims was the leader in the clubhouse, posting 69. Defending Senior Champion, Gary Oakley, sits one strokes back after posting a 70. Oakley does have the home course advantage while Sims historically plays consistent golf with very few errors.

For complete result and second round pairings click here.

June 1, 2013- Mississippi Golf Association Annual Meeting at the Grand Bear

The annual meeting of the Mississippi Golf Association will be held on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 pm at Grand Bear Golf Club. Board of directors will be elected during the meeting along with MGA business. All members and member clubs are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the grill of the Grand Bear Golf Club.

May 11, 2013-Mississippi Wins the 2013 Governor's Cup 25-15

Texarkana, AR- Mississippi wins the 2013 Governor's Cup 25-15 points. Mississippi won 11 points in the singles matches to Arkansas's 9. Mississippi won 7.5 points in the four-ball matches  to Arkansas's 2.5 points. Team Mississippi won 6.5 points in the foursome matches to Arkansas's 3.5 points. 

Mississippi ties up the matches with each team winning The Cup 4 times.  The Mississippi Golf Association and the Arkansas State Golf Association host the annual matches where the top amateurs compete in four-ball, foursome, and singles matches. The singles matches are underway now.  The ASGA is the host of the 8th annual playing of the matches at historicnTexarkana CC. Texarkana CC hosted the matches in 2007.  A special thanks to Art Romero and his staff, Ken Sawyer and his staff,  and the membership of Texarkana CC for hosting the 2013 Governor's Cup.

May 2, 2013-State Amateur Qualifiers Cancelled for the 2013 State Amateur Championship

The number of entries for the 2013 State Amateur Championship did not reach a point, where we needed to hold the qualifiers. All players who entered a qualifier will be accepted into the State Amateur Championship. All exempt and qualifier entrants who entered by the deadline are in the field for the State Amateur Championship at Grand Bear GC on June 6-9, 2013.

We have also deceided not to hold the open qualifier on June 4th at Grand Bear GC. If you did not enter a qualifier, you may call the MGA office and we will put your name on the waiting list for the state amateur.

Online registration for those who entered a qualifier is now open on the website. Your qualifier entry fee of $55 has been credited to your state amateur entry fee of $250. The balance of the state amateur entry fee of $195 ( $202 if paying by credit or debit card) will be due by May 30th.

Please call our office if you have questions 601-939-1131.

April 28, 2013 - Wet Conditions in the Final Round of the State Four-Ball and Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball

Hattiesburg- The forecast for unfavorable weather came to fruition Sunday morning as the Senior Divisions began play at 7:30. Despite the efforts of the tournament committee, the morning wave was brought off the course around 7:45am and was not able to return to the course. The Senior and Super Senior Divisions were shortened to a 36 hole championship and the trophies were awarded accordingly.

Mike Thompson and David Griffin, both of Tupelo, successfully defended their title in the Bill Cass Senior firing a 5 under, 134. In the Bill Cass Super Senior there was a tie for the championship, given to Les Robinson and JT Jernigan and George Hinman and Chris Wilson.  

Thankfully, the weather cooperated for the afternoon so that the regular division was able to complete nine holes of play. Justin Elliott and Steve Wilson sneaked into the lead with their six under for the 9 hole round today. Elliott defended his title from the past year, although with a new partner. Chosing a partner can be difficult and Elliott went straight for the top in his four-ball team of Defending Champion and US Mid Amateur Champion.

Many thanks to the staff at Canebrake for the hosting of this prestigious event. The course was in terrific condition and we thank the staff for creating a true championship atmosphere for these amateurs.

Click here to see complete results of the 2013 State Four Ball and Bill Cass Senior Four Ball Championship.

April 27, 2013 - Teams Battle Another Round at the State Four-Ball

Hattiesburg- Another beautiful day at Canebrake Country Club as the scores rolled. On average the course played more difficult in this second round. Edward Wall and Zach Longgrear were not able to go quite as low, although they are still at the top of the Regular Division at eleven under, 131. Mike Thompson and David Griffin eased into the lead of the Senior Division posting a 68 and total of 137.

In the Super Senior Division there were several lower scores posted than in the previous round. George Hinman and Chris Wilson were able to shave off four strokes, firing a 66 while Les Robinson and JT Jernigan did the same. These teams are tied at the lead of the Super Senior Division at 136. 

After two beautiful rounds, we hope to see more sun tomorrow. Rain may move into the forecast midmorning and we hope to be able to complete the championship as planned. Many thanks to the staff at Canebrake Country Club for their continuous efforts in welcoming the Mississippi Amateurs to this facility.

Pairings and tee times are posted here. The first starting time for Super Senior Flights is 7:20am. The first starting time for Senior Flights is 7:30am. The Regular Division Flights are paired beginning at 12:30 pm on #1 & #10.

Click here to follow scoring during the second and third round of the State Four-Ball.

April 26, 2013 - Flood of Birdies in the First Round of the State Four-Ball

Hattiesburg- Many birdies in the first round of the State Four-Ball at Canebrake Country Club. The towering pines and contoured fairways of the Jerry Pate Design Course proved to be a good track for the top Mississippi Amateurs. Edward Wall and Zach Longgrear jumped to an early in the regular division with an eight under par, 63. The closest competition, Gabe Baldwin and Scott Rhodes, sit two back at six under.

The leaderboard is a bit tighter in the Senior and Super Senior Divisions. Eddie Brown and David Ray are at the top of the Senior Division with Andrew Abide and Bill Hood, both at three under, 68. The Super Senior Division has two in the lead as well with Mike Pharr and Gerald Chatham tied with Randy Pool and Kelly Swain at two under, 69.

The Second Round is sure to be one to follow as we expect birdies to continue to fall throughout the day.

Please click here to follow scoring during the second and third round of the State Four-Ball.

April 14, 2013 - Calvesbert wins Old Waverly Invitational by Two

West Point- Robi Calvesbert of San Juan, Puerto Rico pulled ahead in the back nine with four birdies to keep him at the top of the leaderboard. Finishing with a 71 gave Calvesbert the title at 208 for the tournament. Calvesbert is finishing his college career at Mississippi State University this May and we wish him well in his future golf endeavors.

Starting the final round one back from the lead, Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs played his final round at even par, two strokes away from a playoff with Calvesbert. Wilson finished as the 2013 runner up. It was a hard fight for Alan Ellis and Richard Reed but the unavoidable evil of the back nine put them tied for third at 213, three under par.

Bobby Parks of Tupelo posted the low score for the third flight to win at 242 while Cade Lott of Columbus was the champion of the second flight with his finish at 227. Impressive play from Rodney Boswell of Lyon, in the third round pulled him to the lead of the First Flight.

Senior flights had a difficult morning round with storms moving in from the south and sustained winds for several hours. Super Senior, Ken Hogue, held on to his 36 hole lead. Hogue, of Fulton, posted a third round score of 84, fifty-four hole total of 233. Good round from Danny Hicks of Columbus, (78) to win the First Flight, Senior Division. Strong playing from Senior Championship Division. David Apperson of Memphis, posted a low round 75 for a fifty-four hole total of even par, 216. Great playing to the entire field of 92 competitors.

The Mississippi Golf Association thanks the staff and membership at Old Waverly for partnering with us for the Invitational. Many thanks to Superintendent, Brad Suggs, for his efforts in preparing the course for competition. As always, thanks and congrats to Chris Jester and Greg Flannagan for hosting a prestigious event. Remember to mark your calendars for the 2014 Old Waverly Invitational. 

For complete results of the 2013 Old Waverly Invitational, please click here.

April 13, 2013 - Collegiate Players vs US Mid Amateurs at the Old Waverly Invitational

West Point- US Mid Amateur Champion, Steve Wilson, along with Mississippi State players take to the course in the second round at the Old Waverly Invitational. Robi Calvesbert and Steve Wilson are low for the tournament after their six under par, 66. Barrett Edens came ready to play in the second round posting a 67, placing him tied with Richard Reed (70-70-140) at four under.

In the Senior Division we have a leader four strokes ahead of the competition. David Apperson of Memphis, is three under for the tournament and with such consistent play will be a challenge to surpass. The Super Senior leader, Ken Hogue, sits five strokes ahead of Tommy Morgan.

Great to see many players on the verandah this evening, enjoying steak and shrimp while viewing the Masters commentary on the big screen. Looking forward to great play in the final round. Seniors and Super Seniors will be off in the early morning, followed by the second wave of regular division beginning after noon.

Follow live scoring of the Old Waverly Invitational here.

April 12, 2013 - Seven Birdies for Ellis at the Old Waverly Invitational

West Point- Alan Ellis jumps to an early lead with five birdies on the front nine to begin the second round in the lead at three under, 69. Two eagles from Richard Reed of Starkville places him in a good position, one stroke from the lead. Ellis has historically played well at Old Waverly and Reed's home course advantage certainly puts these competitors in a position to excel.

David Atperson of Memphis leads the Senior division firing a 70 from the Blue tees. Birdies on the first two holes was a good start. Don West is not far behind following his first round posting of 71. At the top of the leaderboard in the Super Senior Division, Ken Hogue of Fulton, is no surprise. Hogue continues to dominate amateur golf in Mississippi and his one over par, 73 was no exception. Danny Hooker and Don West sit close behind the lead at 79.

Following Thursday storms, the course conditions continued to improve through the afternoon wave. Superintendent, Brad Suggs and staff, worked tiredlessly to bring the course to its previous conditions. Amateurs will enjoy dryer fairways in the second and third rounds. Follow live scoring of the Old Waverly Invitational here. Looking forward to the outcome of the second annual Old Waverly Invitational.

March 24, 2013 - Ben Snow able to hold onto his Second Mid Amateur Championship Win

Hattiesburg- Despite the strong winds and difficult conditions, Ben Snow was able to hold onto his second round lead after firing a 74 in the final round of the Mid Amateur Championship. An eagle on the sixth hole and three birdies outside of that were surely enough to edge past the competition and win by one stroke.

Superior play during the second round (72-65-74 - 211) set Snow three strokes ahead of the competition at the start of the final round. Snow was certainly a top pick for the championship considering his experience at Hattiesburg Country Club during his college years as a member of the Southern Miss Men's Golf Team. 

Three others, Lane Pippin, Joel Myrick and Brandon Laird, remained in the hunt down to their final strokes. All came in as the runner-ups, posting four-under par totals of 212. Congrats to all competitors during the championship. Also, congrats to the Randy Sullivan Memorial Medalits, Joel Myrick, for his opening low round of 68. Snow and Myrick were awarded the Mid Amateur trophies during the awards presentation following the close of the competition. The field was strong and many were complimentary of the conditions of the course.

Hattiesburg Country Club continues to be a draw to many of the top amateurs in Mississippi. As expected, the course was in great condition for the first championship of the 2013 season. Many thanks to the staff and members of the Country Club for opening their course to the Mississippi Golf Association and serving as a great host to amateurs of the state. Frank Ogletree went above and beyond to have the course in its best condition and we appreciate his commitment to the course. Thanks to course professional, David Allen, for his continued hospitality during the championship.

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March 23, 2013 - Ben Snow's 65, Gives him 3 Stroke Lead in the Mid Amateur Championship

Hattiesburg, MS- Rain threatened the second round of the Mid Amateur Championhship at Hattiesburg CC all day. Players and tournament officials were hopeful that the rain would hold off. The tournament committee split tees with an 8:00 am start time in hopes to get the round in, before the storms rolled in.  Some showers came in around 11:00 am and stayed around for about 45 minutes. Then the skies lightened up and the round was finished with no rain delays.

The weather was not an issue for Ben Snow of Hattiesburg. Snow's 65 gave him a 36 hole total 7 under par 137 and a three stroke lead over  David Sellers of Madison (69-71-140) and Brandon Laird of Biloxi (69-71-140).  Rounding out the top 5 are Justin Elliott of Hattiesburg and Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs five strokes off the lead at 2 under par 142. First round leader, Joel Myrick shot 75 on Saturday for a three way tie in 6th place with Robert Willis and Steve Wilson. The final round will begin at 8:00 am on Sunday at Hattiesburg CC. Click here for Complete results and pairings.

March 22, 2013 Myrick Leads the Mid Am at 4-under par at Hattiesburg CC

Hattiesburg, MS-  Joel Myrick fires 4 under par 68 in the opening round of the Mid Amateur Championship to take a one stroke lead at Hattiesburg CC. Brandon Laird and David Sellers are tied in second place one stroke back at 69.

Justin Elliott and David Sinclair round out the top 5 at two under par 70. Joel Myrick is also our Randy Sullivan Medalist winner with his first round 68.  The playing conditions were cold and cloudy. The threat of rain loomed throughout the day, with intermittent showers during the round. The top 10 finishers in the Mid Amateur Championship will earn exemptions into the 2013 State Amateur Championship at Grand Bear in June. A special thanks to the staff and members of Hattiesburg CC for hosting the Mid Amateur Championship.  Click here forComplete results and pairings


111 Local Qualifiers will be Conducted Nationwide in May

Far Hills, N.J. (Feb. 19, 2013) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced local qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, which will be contested at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites, will take place May 3-16 in 43 states.

“The U.S. Open’s local and sectional qualifying process exemplifies a tremendous commitment by the state and regional associations and we are grateful for their support,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “U.S. Open qualifying remains unique and democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the Handicap Index requirement can compete. Local qualifying is where the quest to play in our National Championship begins.”

Those players successful in local qualifiers will advance to sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 11 U.S. sites on June 3. For the ninth consecutive year, Japan and England will host international qualifying, both scheduled for May 27.

In 2013, six clubs are hosting U.S. Open local qualifying for at least the 10th consecutive year. Illini Country Club, in Springfield, Ill., has held a U.S. Open local qualifier since the late 1940s, while Maketewah Country Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a site for more than four decades. Riverton (Wyo.) Country Club and Genoa Lakes Golf Club, in Genoa, Nev., have hosted local qualifying since the 1990s. Old Works Golf Club, in Anaconda, Mont., and Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo., have also hosted for at least a decade.

There are 16 local qualifying sites in the state of Florida, with the first of the scheduled qualifiers at The Club at Admirals Cove’s East Course in Jupiter on May 3. Fourteen local qualifiers are scheduled in California, three in the Palm Desert area.

Last year, eight players who advanced through local and sectional qualifying – including Scott Langley and amateur Beau Hossler – made the cut at the U.S. Open, the most since 1997. Langley, who qualified locally at The Legacy Golf and Tennis Club, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Hossler, who advanced through a local qualifier at Oakmont Country Club, in Glendale, Calif., tied for 29th at The Olympic Club in 2012. Both clubs are hosting local qualifiers again this year.

The U.S. Open will be held for the fifth time at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa. Olin Dutra (1934), Ben Hogan (1950), Lee Trevino (1971) and David Graham (1981) are past champions at Merion. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.

Online player registration for the 2013 U.S. Open begins the first week of March ( 

2013 U.S. Open Local Qualifying Sites (111)

Friday, May 3

The C. at Admirals Cove (East), Jupiter, Fla.

Monday, May 6

Timberline G.C., Calera, Ala.

C.C. at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Indian Ridge C.C., Palm Desert, Calif.

Almaden C.C., San Jose, Calif.

Butte Creek C.C., Chico, Calif.

Valencia C.C., Valencia, Calif.

Sunnyside C.C., Fresno, Calif.

Barona Creek G.C., Lakeside, Calif.

Desert Hawk at Pueblo West, Pueblo West, Colo.

Hammock Dunes C.C. (Creek), Palm Coast, Fla.

The Forest C.C. (Bear), Fort Myers, Fla.

Waldorf Astoria G.C., Orlando, Fla.

The Wanderers G.C., Wellington, Fla.

Camp Creek G.C., Watersound, Fla.

Sara Bay C.C., Sarasota, Fla.

Kukio G.C., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Ridgecrest G.C., Nampa, Idaho

Northmoor C.C., Highland Park, Ill.

Lake Panorama National, Panora, Iowa

Olympic Hills G.C., Eden Prairie, Minn.

Red Hawk G.C., Las Cruces, N.M.

Twin Warriors G.C., Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Kinsale G. & F.C., Powell, Ohio

Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.

Portland G.C., Portland, Ore.

The Carolina C.C., Spartanburg, S.C.

Westward Ho C.C., Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bellingham G. & C.C., Bellingham, Wash.

Tuesday, May 7

Hot Springs C.C. (Arlington), Hot Springs, Ark.

Andalusia C.C., La Quinta, Calif.

The Legacy G. & T.C., Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Cardinal Club, Simpsonville, Ky.

Beechmont C.C., Cleveland, Ohio

Green Tree C.C., Midland, Texas

Gentle Creek G.C., Prosper, Texas

Wednesday, May 8

Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.

Half Moon Bay G.L., Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Orange Tree G.C., Orlando, Fla.

Crumpin-Fox C.C., Bernardston, Mass.

The Moors G.C., Portage, Mich.

Morris County G.C., Morristown, N.J.

Albany C.C., Voorheesville, N.Y.

Colonial C.C., Memphis, Tenn.

Holston Hills C.C., Knoxville, Tenn.

Edgewood C.C., Sissonville, W.Va.

Thursday, May 9

C.C. of Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn.

Lake Wales C.C., Lake Wales, Fla.

The C.C. at Emerald Hills, Hollywood, Fla.

The Sagamore Club, Noblesville, Ind.

Pinehills G.C., Plymouth, Mass.

Worthington Manor G.C., Urbana, Md.

Chambersburg C.C., Chambersburg, Pa.

Westmoreland C.C., Export, Pa.

Waynesborough C.C., Paoli, Pa.

Secession G.C., Beaufort, S.C.

Friday, May 10

River Landing C.C. (River), Wallace, N.C.

Saturday, May 11

The King Kamehameha G.C., Wailuku, Hawaii

Monday, May 13

Encanterra C.C., San Tan Valley, Ariz.

Ruby Hill C.C., Pleasanton, Calif.

Bermuda Dunes C.C., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.

Oakmont, C.C., Glendale, Calif.

Collindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.

The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.

Shingle Creek G.C., Orlando, Fla.

Sawgrass C.C. (East/West), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Bent Pine G.C., Vero Beach, Fla.

Lake Jovita G. & C.C. (South), Dade City, Fla.

Marietta C.C., Kennesaw, Ga.

Illini C.C., Springfield, Ill.

Seven Bridges G.C., Woodridge, Ill.

Warwick Hills G. & C.C., Grand Blanc, Mich.

Oak Ridge C.C., Hopkins, Minn.

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.

Genoa Lakes G.C. (Lakes), Genoa, Nev.

Haworth C.C., Haworth, N.J.

Willow Ridge C.C., Harrison, N.Y.

Pinewild C.C. (Magnolia), Pinehurst, N.C.

Maketewah C.C., Cincinnati, Ohio

Whitford C.C., Exton, Pa.

Rhode Island C.C., Barrington, R.I.

Westwood G.C., Houston, Texas

Hidden Valley C.C., Sandy, Utah

Tuesday, May 14

Ironwood G.C. (South), Palm Desert, Calif.

Industry Hills G.C. (Ike), City of Industry, Calif.

Atlanta National G.C., Alpharetta, Ga.

Lake Presidential G.C., Upper Marlboro, Md.

Old Works G.C., Anaconda, Mont.

Shadow Ridge C.C., Omaha, Neb.

Belmont C.C., Perrysburg, Ohio

Grove City C.C., Grove City, Pa.

Texas Star G.C., Euless, Texas

Briggs Ranch G.C., San Antonio, Texas

Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.

Wednesday, May 15

Southern Dunes G.C., Maricopa, Ariz.

Morris Park C.C., South Bend, Ind.

Wichita C.C., Wichita, Kan.

Aberdeen G.C., St. Louis, Mo.

The G.C. at Creekmoor, Raymore, Mo.

Bellevue C.C., Syracuse, N.Y.

C.C. of Scranton, Clarks Summit, Pa.

The Hills C.C., Austin, Texas

Riverton C.C., Riverton, Wyo.

Thursday, May 16

Settlers Bay G.C., Wasilla, Alaska

La Purisima G.C., Lompoc, Calif.

Fox Hollow G.C., Trinity, Fla.

The Bluffs C.C., St. Francisville, La.

The Baiting Hollow G.C., Calverton, N.Y.

Mendon G.C., Mendon, N.Y.

Forest Oaks C.C., Greensboro, N.C.

Applebrook G.C., Malvern, Pa.

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Mid Amateur Registration is Open

The Mid Amateur Championship will kick off the 2013 Mississippi Golf Association's tournament season at historic Hattiesburg Country Club. The Mid Amateur Championship is open to male players who are Mississippi

residents and over the age of 25. Hattiesburg Country Club has played host to many state championships including numerous State Amateurs, State Four-Balls,  Trustmark Invitational, Mid Amateur, and the State Junior Amateur. he top 10 finishers in the 2013 Mid Amateur Championship will earn an exemption into the 2013 State Amateur at Grand Bear GC in June. Online registration is open and printable entry forms are available online. Beginning February 1, 2013, a processing fee is included in all credit card transactions. For more information call 601-939-1131.

Jeff Morton Passes Away

The MGA is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of  our former executive director Jeff Morton. Jeff worked for the Mississippi Golf Association from the mid 1990s to 2002. After leaving the MGA, he served as the Director

of the South Texas Region from 2003 to 2008, overseeing everything from handicapping to course ratings to championship administration. After his tenure with the TGA, he went on to become the Director of Rules and Competitions for the Southern Texas Section of the PGA from 2008 until his passing.

Prior to joining the MGA Jeff spent seven years on the LPGA Tour as a rules official.  

Jeff had a lifelong passion for the game of golf. He will be fondly remembered by all not only as an experienced administrator and rules official, but more importantly as a wonderful and caring person. Jeff had a great way with people in general and that certainly carried over to his duties as an official. He will truly be missed.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.


More information regarding services can be found on the South Texas PGA website

The family asks that in lieu of flowers to please make a donation to The South Texas PGA Foundation or the American Heart Association. STPGA, 21604 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77373. American Heart Association 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054.