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Clay, Fallen team captures Green’s Folly Member-Member

Jimmy Clay and Robert Fallen are a golfing duo that’s hard to beat, especially at Green’s Folly Golf Course, and they lived up to expectations again last weekend, taking home their third straight Green’s Folly Member-Member Golf Tournament title.

Clay and Fallen led by two strokes after Saturday’s round over Woody Clay and Chris Young, and the two teams were tied for the lead early in Sunday’s round.

That’s when Jimmy Clay and Fallen began to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, finishing with a five-stroke margin over their nearest challengers.

David Graham and Cody Spencer carded a 66-63-129 to sneak past Woody Clay and Young for second-place, with Clay and Young taking home third place in the Championship Flight with a two-day total of 66-64-130.

“Anytime you got Jimmy, it’s always good.  He hit it as good as I’ve ever seen him hit it this weekend” said Fallen.

“I never cut him a shot Saturday, that 63 you see is all his playing, I was just driving a cart.”

“Today I helped him some putting.  We started a little slow, but I was able to make good putt on five for us, and that kind of got us kick started,” added Fallen.

“I think it’s as good a field this year as it’s been in a long time.

“I think there was a lot of good, competitive teams, all of them capable of winning.”

His partnership with Fallen is like hand-in-glove, according to Clay.

“Woody and Chris caught us after the first two or three holes,” Clay said.

“Robert kind of settled me down on four and made a couple of good putts on six and eight to get us started.”

“We just coasted from there,” Clay continued.

“He putted really good today, and I hardly had to putt until we got on the backside.

“The combination of my length and his short game is a pretty good combination over here.”

Turnabout was fair play on Sunday.

Jimmy Clay played at the Halifax Country Club Two-Man Tournament a couple of weeks ago, finishing second with partner James Lewis.

Woody Clay and partner John Howerton won that event.

Clay and Fallen couldn’t help but think about longtime friend and Green’s Folly regular Mike “Slo” Gregory, who passed away in November at the age of 52. 

“We talked about one of our buddies, Slo Gregory, and we missed him this weekend,” said Clay.

“The groups I played with, we talked about him.

“We really missed him this weekend.”

Billy Payne and Larry Guill won first-place honors in the First Flight, followed by Kwang Kim and Justin Saunders, and E.C. Lewis and L.W. Henderson took home a win in the Second Flight, followed by Chris Lacks and Cecil Lacks, and John Mele and Billy Henderson.

Sammy Moser and Gene Perkins won the Third Flight by one stroke over Johnny Wilson and Chuck Newcomb, with Michael Ferrell and Tee Ferrell finishing in third place, and Tom Wade and Bobby Murray took home first-place honors in the Fourth Flight, followed by Dan Shaw and Rodney Burchette, and W.D. Holland and Bob Blake.

A total of 34 teams competed in the two-day tournament.