Seventy-seven players teed it up at the Berea Country Club over the weekend in the annual Berea Mens Invitational Golf Tournament.
The start of the 36-hole medal play tournament was preceded by the always exciting shootout at the old Berea corral Friday afternoon followed by a large motorcade.
After all the shots were fired and the smoke cleared the man still standing was Steve Brandenburg. He won it in a chip-off over Pat Hansel when he chipped it in on hole number nine. Wow! Evan Seagraves was Third.
Play started Saturday with all the players playing an 18-hole qualifying round to determine which flight they would play in. Sunday they teed it up in their assigned flights for 18 holes and here are the Champions of the five flights.
Randy Osborne, First — 136
Ryan Neal, Second — 138
Jay Simmons, Third — 140
Philip Grayson, Fourth — 141
Crit Teasley, First — 142
Jared Kiser, Second — 143
Tom Pendergrass, Third — 144
Brad Mullins, Fourth — 145
Evan Seagraves, First — 151
John Newton, Second – 152
Doug Tudor, Third – 153
Greg Prater, Fourth – 154
Russell Shearer, First — 159
Nick Bowling, Second — 160
Tim Anderson, Third — 162
Jim Cox, Fourth — 162
Bill Flanery, First — 174
J. C. Adams, Second — 176
Mark Bowling, Third — 181
David Shultz, Fourth — 182
Both Saturday and Sunday there was about an hour rain delay but thank goodness old Mother Nature relented and let them finish.
Saturday night all the players and guests enjoyed a delicious steak dinner prepared by Master Chefs Nikki Layne, Retha Anglin, Bonnie Howell and Linda Shouse.
It was a great weekend with wonderful guests and a lot of excellent volunteer help. The Berea Country Club wants to let the sponsors and volunteers know that they appreciate their support. Special thanks to me matey for the info. You da lady!
Perry, Mickelson, and Spieth tops
This past weekend was one of the most satisfying weekends of golf I have had in a long time. That was watching that boob tube and seeing two of my favorite professional golfers win tournaments and a 19-year-old amateur beat the big boys for his first win on the PGA.
Big hearted Kentuckian Kenny Perry turned on the after burners and shot a final round 63 to win his second major golf tournament in a row, the Senior Players Championship. His 63 was the best score ever in a U.S. Senior Open final round. You da man, Kenny!
Upbeat, smiling Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open on Sunday ending his 20-year drought with a victory in Europe. Smiley won by rolling in a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace. Nice guys do win!
Amateur golfer Jordan Spieth, at 19-years-of-age, became the youngest winner on the PGA tour in 82 years when he won the John Deere Classic in Silvas, Ill. He won it on the fifth hole of a playoff with David Hearn and Zack Johnson. Great golf young man!
I gambled and won
I was driving to Berea Sunday to watch the action in the Berea Invitational and I noticed my gas gauge was running low. I decided to gamble on running out of gas or getting it cheaper in Berea.
I won as gas in Richmond was $3.59 and Marathon in Berea was $3.36. I saved $4. I guess I can’t figure out how there is 23 cents difference in the price of gas in the same county. Ouch!
Saturday at Madison Country Club — The Patsy Tudor Memorial Member Guest Tournament. Tee time is 9 a.m. Lunch will follow.
The Madison County Championship — July 27 and 28 at Gibson Bay Golf Course. Details next week. For more information call 623-0224.
Aug. 4 and 5 – Berea Country Club will host its annual Couples Tournament. More details next week. For more information call 986-7141.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death — Earl Wilson
If you have any golf news, stories, tournaments, holes-in-one etc., e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.