- Last Updated on 08:49 AM 06/20/12
- BY Doug Ford
Woody Clay continues to swing a hot golf club, winning his second straight member-guest golf tournament last weekend at Green’s Folly Golf Course.
Clay, this time with guest James Lewis, took home the annual Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournament title, the first for the pair after having come so close on several different occasions.
Clay had teamed with Chris Young recently to win the Halifax Country Club Member-Guest tournament, and this time it wasn’t even close, with Clay and Lewis winning by six strokes over both Don Gravitt and Kyle Gravitt and Mike Gregory and Tommy Spencer in the Championship Flight.
Sammy Puryear and Brad Mele won the First Flight, Jimmy Clay and Phil Rinker the Second Flight and Bobby Murray and Chris Murray the Third Flight.
Jimmy Medley and Larry Culley won the Fourth Flight and Sam Moser and Steve Tollerson took home first-place honors in the Fifth Flight.
Everything clicked at the right time all weekend, according to Clay.
“There are a lot of good players here, but I just played really well and had a great partner,” said Clay.
“We got off to a really good start and had a four shot lead (coming into Sunday) and never looked back.”
“We both hit it well both days, and that’s pretty much the way it was,” added Clay.
Clay and Lewis finished with a 22-under par total of 62-60-122 in a tournament played with the best ball format on Saturday and scramble format on Sunday.
“We had some pressure on us, but in a scramble it’s hard to catch two good players with a four shot lead,” said Clay.
“We actually won the golf tournament yesterday. We could have lost it today, but we won it yesterday.”
“We played the best ball format as good as anybody could play it,” added Lewis.
“The golf course was great, and I’d like to compliment Chris and his staff. The greens and fairways were excellent.”
The key to the win was having a steady partner, agreed Lewis and Clay.
“We played together for I think was the fifth year,” Lewis recalled. “We finished, I think, second twice and third one year, and we were out of the hunt one year.
“One year we had a playoff with my son and he beat us on Father’s Day, which was great.
“It kind of was a no-lose situation.”
“The whole key to us is being steady,” explained Clay. “James knocks it right down the middle and puts it on the green, and turns me loose.”
“I was very aggressive and hit it really well,” Clay noted, recalling the efforts of younger brother Jimmy, a multiple winner at this very same tournament with partner Phil Rinker.
Clay may just be warming up.
“I think I’ve played more golf the past year than I used to,” he said. “I hadn’t played a lot of golf, and when I do play a lot I do get better.”
Clay is very competitive, Lewis said, but it goes beyond that.
“Woody and I are close friends,” he explained. “We get along so well, and our mannerisms are the same.
“When we hit a bad shot, we hit a bad shot and don’t dwell on it, and we also pick each other up.
“I appreciate Woody inviting me, and hopefully it’ll be a long time for us playing together.”
Green’s Folly Member-Guest Tournament
Woody Clay-James Lewis (1st)62-60-122
Don Gravitt-Kyle Gravitt (2nd)66-62-128*
Mike Gregory-Tommy Spencer (3rd)66-62-128*
Kevin Haskins-David Meeks66-63-129
Dave Ashwell-Drew Lewis67-62-129
Grady Spencer-Mark Repokis66-66-132
Billy Ford-Dennis Witt67-65-132
Brad Shrader-Ronnie Moore67-66-133
Ryan Green-Scott Rottler67-71-138
Sammy Puryear-Brad Mele (1st)69-62-131
Chris Coleman-Nathan Lantor (2nd)70-62-132
David Day-Clyde Testerman (3rd)68-65-133
Robert Fallen-Mike Dunn69-64-133
Bobby Wilborn-Mike Hailey69-65-134
Billy Payne-Charlie Baskervill70-65-135*
Jay Henderson-Brent Myers70-65-135*
Peter McCready-Bob Tysinger68-68-136
Walter Robertson-Ronnie Pate70-66-136
Jimmy Clay-Phil Rinker (1st)71-59-130
Scott Vaughan-W.D. Holland (2nd)71-63-134
Henry Murray-Rob Wallace (3rd)71-64-135
Kelly Puryear-Phil Clark72-64-136
Chris Dockrill-Wayne Paul71-67-138
Donnie Ellington-Bill Carter71-68-139
Dan Shaw-Mike Williams71-69-140
Preston Crowder-Matt Crowder72-71-143
Wayne Bales-Jeff Shumate72-75-147
Third FlightBobby Murray-Chris Murray (1st)73-65-138*
Brandon Harris-Billy Dyer (2nd)73-65-138*
Buck Weatherford-Hunter Thompson (3rd)76-64-140
Casey Spencer-Jeff Barger73-68-141
Joe Gasperini-Bion Fite73-69-142
Irvin Carter-Ricky Buchannon75-67-142
Cecil Brear-Neal Damon74-69-143
Guy Haskins-John Mele74-70-144
T.J. Stevens-Sean Maloney74-71-145
David Francis-Jim Burton76-69-145
Bill White-Teddy Holt76-70-146
Bill Henderson-Butch Pritchett75-74-149
Russell Puckett-Bob Thomasson76-64-150
Jimmy Medley-Larry Culley (1st)78-69-147
Richard Wentz-Shawn Wentz (2nd)78-70-148*
Carroll Solomon-Eddie Rojas (3rd)79-69-148*
Justin Saunders-Jeremy Satterfield77-71-148
Adam Crews-Jody Nelson77-72-149
Mike Harris-George Bondurant77-73-150
Allen Griffin-Koy Griffin80-70-150
Lee Puryear-Matt Fallen80-71-151
Charlie Payne-Crawford Peace79-74-153
Johnny Wilson-Brad Davis79-74-153
Randall Bordelon-Danny Lloyd80-74-154
Shane Farrar-Vince Medley77-78-155
Sam Moser-Steve Tollerson (1st)81-63-144
Joe Watts-Sam Watts (2nd)83-68-151
Jeff Hardy-Brent Tingen (3rd)82-72-154
Bill Morningstar-Bill Steed85-70-155
Rodey Burchette-Ray Nicholas82-76-158
Paul Snead-Charles Snead83-75-158
Bill Marable-Bill Marable85-74-159
Tom Wade-Carl Thompson84-76-160
Scott Elmore-Dave Hamilton83-80-163
Mike Stein-Dan Wilson91-76-167
Billy Hanks-Jerry Armentrout85-86-171
*Match of cards