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Hole-in-one caps rally in member-guest at Greens Folly

Jimmy Clay and Phil Rinker have won the Green’s Folly Golf Course Member-Guest Golf Tournament 12 times since 1997, including last year.

Someone else stepped in to upset the apple, or shall we say golf cart last weekend, with Robert Fallen and Jimmy Flippen rallying from a two-shot deficit the final day of the tournament to win by one stroke.

Fallen hit a hole-in-one on the par three fifth hole to give his team a lead it never relinquished, and the first-time duo held on despite several attempts by Clay and Rinker to forge a tie on the back nine.

Although friends for many years, last weekend was the first time Fallen and Flippen played together at the Green’s Folly Member-Guest.

“My daughter (Kaitlin) has been seeing him for lessons for five years, and we tried to get together last year, but he had prior commitments,” said Fallen.

“I kind of thought coming in they (Clay and Rinker) were the favorites, but the key today were the par threes,” Fallen explained.

“I felt like if we played the par threes better than them, we had a chance.  We played the par threes three under, and they played the par threes even.”

“We actually passed them on the hole-in-one on hole five, and on hole 10, we went up two shots,” said Flippen.

Flippen is a Danville resident who has played on the junior, amateur, collegiate and professional levels, said he and Fallen took it one hole at a time during their comeback the second day of the tournament.

“You count every single shot and take what comes,” he explained.

Clay and Rinker could only make up one shot on the last eight holes.

“Robert played his tail off, putted real good, chipped real good, and that’s basically what it boiled down to,” said Clay later.

“Of course, Jimmy (Flippen) is going to hit the ball good.  I’ve played golf with Jimmy since I was 10 or 11-years-old, and he’s always been a good player and real steady.

“Myself and him have always had some good battles, and this was a good one today, they just out-putted us.”

Clay agreed the par threes were the key to the win for Fallen and Flippen, and he and Rinker cut their deficit to one stroke but missed several opportunities to draw even with the holes winding down, he added.

“Robert hit a great shot on 17, and it just boils down to getting the ball in the right positions to make putts,” said Clay.

“I don’t care how good you hit it, you have to make putts, and we didn’t make putts.

“But, there’s always next year.”


In photos above: (1st photo) Robert Fallen, right, and Jimmy Flippen, left, are congratulated by Green’s Folly Golf Course intern Michael Ferrell following Fallen and Flippen’s win in the Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournament.  (Center photo) Championship Flight winners in the Green’s Folly Golf Course Member-Guest Golf Tournament, front row, from left, are Robert Fallen and Jimmy Flippen, first-place and overall winners; back row, from left, Jimmy Clay and Phil Rinker, second-place; and Woody Clay and James Lewis third-place. (Bottom photo) Flight winners in the Green’s Folly Golf Course Member-Guest Golf Tournament, front row, from left, are David Fairey II and David Fairey, first-place, Second Flight; Bion Fite and Kevin Haskins, first-place, First Flight; back row, from left, Harvey Driggs and (not pictured) Chris Young, first-place, Fourth Flight; Sammy Puryear and Brad Mele, second-place, Second Flight.