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Clay cruises to championship

Jimmy Clay said he didn’t play particularly well Sunday in the second round of the Halifax Country Club championships.

He didn’t need to, with the now three-time defending champion firing a 64 on Saturday and building a four-stroke lead before cruising home Sunday to another club championship.

Clay finished with a 64-70-134 to win the Championship Flight, ahead of Ronnie “Doc” Moore (70-75-145) and W.J. Long (68-78-146).
James Lewis shot a two-day total of 74-71-145 to win both the First Flight and Senior championships, and Bobby Long came away with the Super Seniors title with a 77-79-156.

Charlie Baskervill (75-72-147) finished in second-place and Brad Thomasson (75-72-147) in third-place in the First Flight after a match of cards, and Wayne Adams (80-77-157) and Lurdy Stinespring (84-84-168) finished behind Long in the Super Seniors championship.

Woody Clay won the Second Flight with a 79-74-153, ahead of Roy Bradley and Paul Glass, Bradley shooting an 80-74-154 and Glass a 79-76-155.

Tommy Elliott finished with a two-day total of 84-77-161 to win the Third Flight, followed by Rodney Watts (85-78-163) and Kevin Fisher (83-82-165), while Mark Dickerson won the Fourth Flight with an 88-77-165, ahead of Joe Gasperini (91-79-170) and Chris Sizemore (88-82-170).

Gasperini was awarded second-place after a match of cards.

Clay cruised home to the win after a hot start on Saturday put some distance between him and the competition.

“I didn’t play quite as well today (Sunday).  They had to come to me and I didn’t want to be aggressive,” explained Clay, who stood at six under after the first nine holes on Saturday.

“I got off to a really hot start with six under on the front nine, and I shot 34 on the back and couldn’t have finished the day better after birdies on the final two holes.

“That kind of put a good taste in my mouth,” Clay added.

“I just coasted from there,” noted Clay.  “I shot even par and that was my goal for Sunday, and of course you want to shot a lower score but your goal is to win.

“I knew if I played my regular game, they’d have to shoot five or six under par to catch me,” noted Clay, who admitted to playing consistent golf this year.

“I’ve been hitting it solid coming into the weekend, and I played just like I’ve been playing the past couple of months, solid and smart.”

Lewis took home his first Senior title and Long his first Super Senior title on Sunday.

Its great, said Lewis, to still be able to compete at 56-years-old and looking at Bobby I hope I can still compete at his age,” said Lewis.

“The golf course is in great shape, I commend all the staff for their efforts, and I commend Jimmy Clay for his play this weekend,” he added.

“It was a good weekend of golf.  You just hope you play well and it happened to me today.”

The Super Senior title came down to the final hole, Long said afterwards.

“Wayne and myself had a good head-to-head deal.  I had him by three shots at the beginning the day, and he caught me on No. 13,” said Long.

“I had a two-shot lead heading into No. 18 and he birdied the hole.  I had a five-foot putt for par to win on the last hole and hit it.

“Wayne is a good friend and a good golfer and we had a good time playing.  We pulled for each other and it really didn’t matter who won.”

HCC Championships

Championship Flight
Jimmy Clay 64-70-134
Ronnie Moore 70-75-145
W.J. Long 68-78-146
Tommy Daniel 73-74-147
Eric Arthur Jr. 73-74-147
Jay Burnett 72-78-150
Bobby Wilborn 72-78-150
Mike Hailey 72-79-151

First Flight
James Lewis 74-71-145
Charlie Baskervill 75-72-147
Brad Thomasson 75-72-147
Brad Mele 76-73-149
David Meeks 76-74-150
Robert Fallen 76-74-150
Leon Plaster 74-78-152
Phil Rinker 75-78-153
Mike Jenkins 74-80-154
Jerry Burnett 75-83-158
Coleman Speece 76-83-159
Grayson Throckmorton 77-82-159
Phil Payne 77-83-160
Tommy Spencer 76-88-164

Second Flight
Woody Clay 79-74-153
Roy Bradley 80-74-154
Paul Glass 79-76-155
Tom Kluge 80-75-155
Michael Boyd 79-77-156
Kelly Chappell 82-74-156
Joel Cunningham Jr. 81-75-156
Paul Butler 81-76-157
Sam Fisher 79-79-158
Jim Burton 79-81-160
Chris Cole 80-80-160
Jody Nelson 80-80-160
Reed Edwards 81-81-162
Ray Green 82-80-162
Dennis Seamster 78-85-163
Nookie Green 78-85-163
Alan Gravitt 80-85-165
John Hayes 80-86-166
Teddy Holt 78-92-170

Third Flight
Tommy Elliott 84-77-161
Rodney Watts 85-78-163
Kevin Fisher 83-82-165
Dexter Gilliam 85-80-165
Wendell Hite 83-86-169
Jackie Caldwell 87-85-172
Bob Tysinger 87-86-173
w Fourth Flight
Mark Dickerson 88-77-165
Joe Gasperini 91-79-170
Chris Sizemore 88-82-170
Jeff Barger 89-83-172
John Courtney 89-83-172
Bill Owen 89-86-175
Drew Lewis 93-82-175
Nelson Baskervill 89-86-175
Phil Saunders 88-88-176
Woody Long 90-90-180
Wes Bosiger 93-92-185
Fred Palmore 88-101-189
Daniel Ivey 95-108-203

Super Seniors
Bobby Long 77-79-156
Wayne Adams 80-77-157
Lurdy Stinespring 84-84-168
Pransit Thanaporn 86-87-173
Dunnie Nichols 95-81-176
Buddy Ferrell 88-99-187