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Clay, Rinker Reclaim Green’s Folly Member-Guest Title

Jimmy Clay and Phil Rinker are once again the Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournament champions, using a 13-under round of 59 on the final day to overtake first day leaders Bobby Wilborn and Mike Hailey.

Clay-Rinker finished with a two-day total of 64-59-123 to win by three strokes over Wilborn and Hailey, who fired a 63-63-126.

Kyle Gravitt and W.J. Long finished at 64-63-127 and were awarded third-place in the Championship Flight after a match of cards with Tommy Spencer and Ronnie Moore (65-62-127).

Seventy teams braved hot conditions to challenge the par 72 Green’s Folly Golf Course, and close finishes were the order of the day, with Brandon Harris and Jon Somer (69-60-129) taking First Flight honors by three strokes over David Day and Brad Mele (69-63-132).

Jay Henderson and Brent Myers (72-63-135) won the Second Flight in the fourth hole of a playoff with Bobby Murray and Chris Murray (71-64-135), while Charlie Payne and Crawford Peace (74-65-139) won the Third Flight by one stroke over Chris Cole/Grayson Throckmorton and Casey Spencer/Jeff Barger.

Tom Wade and Carl Thompson (78-70-148) won the Fourth Flight, with Curt Adams and Jeff Adams (79-69-148) finishing second, and Irvin Carter and Ricky Buchanan took Fifth Flight honors with an 81-69-150, three strokes ahead of David Francis and Billy Dyer (82-71-153).

Clay and Rinker have won 12 of the past 14 Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournaments, but saw their four-year win streak halted last year after finishing second to Dave Ashwell and Drew Lewis in the Championship Flight.

That gave them extra incentive to win last weekend, but it wasn’t easy.

“This was a real good win,” Clay said.  “Phil played well yesterday starting out but we struggled before getting hot the last five holes, and that got us back in contention.

“We started fast today and shot seven under on the front nine, salt and peppered it real good and shot 13 (under), which is real good out here today.”

Trailing by one stroke to Wilborn and Hailey entering Sunday’s final round, Clay and Rinker knew they had to get off to a good start and that’s exactly what happened.

“Collectively, we put it together this weekend and yesterday wasn’t our best, but we hung in there and told ourselves we needed to get off to a good start today,” remarked Clay.

“We knew we would have to beat Bobby and Mike.  Both are very competitive and both are very good golfers…we knew they were going to be tough.”

Seven birdies in the first nine holes helped Clay and Rinker finish 13 under for Sunday and claim the title.

“We knew my length would be a big advantage today and it was, we hit a lot of short shots into the greens and two-putted for a lot of birdies,” Clay explained.
“Today, length meant a lot to us and we putted well.”

Wilborn said he and Hailey played about as well as they could but added they came up just short at the end after a few missed putts on Sunday.

“Anytime you’re ahead of Jimmy, you’re doing well, but today we missed some putts,” said Wilborn.

“It’s about as well as Mike and I could play, but I tell you what I enjoyed playing with him.”

The battle for second-place came down to the final two holes, with Hailey knocking down a 10-foot putt for Eagle on 18 after the pair had birdied 17, according to Wilborn, who was paired with Hailey for the first time last weekend.

Judging by the results it wouldn’t be the last time, he added.

“I told him to put it on his calendar,” Wilborn said, grinning.

Championship Flight
Jimmy Clay-Phil Rinker 64-59-123
Bobby Wilborn-Mike Hailey 63-63-126
Kyle Gravitt-W.J. Long 64-63-127
Tommy Spencer-Ronnie Moore 65-62-127
Kevin Haskins-Bion Fite 66-62-128
Scott Vaughan-Chris Coleman 67-61-128
Grady Spencer-Mark Repokis 66-64-130
Paul Glass-Brad Thomasson 67-63-130
Woody Clay-James Lewis 67-65-132
Mike Gregory-Gary Gupton 66-67-133
Buck Weatherford-Hunter Thompson 67-67-134
Leonard Mitchell-Cody Spencer 67-68-135
Dennis Witt-Tom Bain 66-70-136
Chris Young-Craig Young 67-70-137

First Flight
Brandon Harris-Jon Somer 69-60-129
David Day-Brad Mele 69-63-132
Don Gravitt-Ronnie Snow 68-64-132
Peter McCready-Billy Ford 69-64-133
Billy Payne-Charlie Baskervill 70-63-133
Richard Harrell-Phillip Payne 69-65-134
David Fairey II-David Fairey 70-64-134
Guy Haskins-John Mele 69-66-135
Chris Dockrill-Ronnie Pate 69-67-136
Mike Harris-Frank Shumate Jr. 68-69-137
Brian Medley-Vince Medley 70-68-138
Bobby Dockrill-Andy Jessome 69-70-139
Wayne Bales-Jeff Shumate 70-69-139
Jim Speer-Mike Speer 69-75-144

Second Flight
Jay Henderson-Brent Myers 72-63-135
Bobby Murray-Chris Murray 71-64-135
Cecil Brear-Larry Brown 71-67-138
Dave Ashwell-Drew Lewis 72-68-140
Richard Wentz-Shawn Wentz 73-67-140
Walter Robertson-Sammy Fisher 73-67-140
Jeff Hardy-Matt Hackney 72-70-142
Donnie Hughes-Mike Dunn 73-71-144
Sam Moser-Steve Tolerson 73-72-145

Third Flight
Charlie Payne-Crawford Peace 74-65-139
Chris Cole-Grayson Throckmorton 75-65-140
Casey Spencer-Jeff Barger 75-65-140
Henry Murray-Rob Wallace 74-68-142
Preston Crowder-Matt Crowder 75-67-142
John Coghill-David Green 75-68-143
Sammy Puryear-Bob Tysinger 74-70-144
Maurice Kent-Harvey Driggs 76-68-144
Bill Morningstar-Bill Stead 76-69-145
Bill White-Teddy Holt 74-72-146
David Jones-Keith Jones 76-71-147
Donnie Ellington-Kelly Chappell 75-73-148

Fourth Flight
Tom Wade-Carl Thompson 78-70-148
Curt Adams-Jeff Adams 79-69-148
T.J. Stevens-Sean Maloney 78-72-150
Carroll Solomon-Tony Roberts 78-72-150
Joe Gasperini-Lurdy Stinespring 80-70-150
Paul Snead-Charles Snead 77-75-152
R.D. Bennett-Scott Allen 77-75-152
Lyle Moore-Dustin Lacks 78-74-152
Rodney Burchette-Ray Nicholas 80-72-152

Fifth Flight
Irvin Carter-Ricky Buchanan 81-69-150
David Francis-Billy Dyer 82-71-153
Adam Crews-Jody Nelson 81-73-154
Mike Daniel-Tracey Long 81-75-156
Gene Perkins-Josh Perkins 86-72-158
Bill Smith-Vince Talbott 82-79-161
Scott Elmore-Dave Hamilton 87-77-164
Brian Tyler-Don Tyler 89-78-167