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13 lucky number for pair in tournament

The No. 13 may be an unlucky number for passenger airliners and elevators, but it was sure lucky enough for Brad Mele and Mike Dunn during the annual Halifax Country Club Member-Member Golf Tournament held Sunday.

With a possible bogey looming on No. 13, Dunn hit a chip shot onto the green within range of a par putt that perhaps saved the member-member championship for his team, with Dunn and Mele winning by one stroke over Phil Rinker and Gary Gupton and David Meeks and Woody Clay.

Mele-Dunn carded a five-under total of 65 in the one-day tournament, which was shortened to one day because of wet course conditions on Saturday.

The HCC Member-Member Tournament championship was the first-ever for Mele and Dunn as a team, coming on their fourth attempt.

It’s his first-ever golf championship of any kind, Dunn noted later.  

“We came in second to Jimmy Clay and Lurdy Stinespring in a playoff several years ago,” said Dunn.  

“Brad and I had a goal of seven under.  When we play together we set a goal, and we came in at five,” he noted.

“I felt like we did pretty good.  Seven is a little lofty, but five was a good score for Brad and I.

“I think a good turning point was 13 when we made par. I thought we were in trouble and we came out with a par.”

“I’m under a tree on the roots and this guy is at the corner of some trees and chips it up to within four feet of the hole, and we make par,” recalled Mele.

“That saved our momentum, and then he turned around and birdied 14.”

The pair had birdied 11 and 12, and in addition to 14 Mele and Dunn birdied two other holes with no bogies for their round.

“That’s a good day for anybody, especially me, admitted Dunn.  “Brad is a good player anyway, but five under is a good score for anyone, especially when I’m playing with them.

“We’re good friends and like to lay back and talk a little bit of smack to one another, but we just stay relaxed when we play and don’t put any pressure on any one of us,” Mele pointed out.

“What happens, happens, and today it happened to work out for us.

“Woody (Clay) and David Meeks had an eight today (No. 12), and they made nine birdies so if not for that, it could have been a different story.

“We hung in there, and we were fortunate.”

Greg Meeks and Bob Thomasson fired a one-day total of 67 to win the second Flight ahead of Eric Arthur Jr. and Reed Edwards (68) and Bob Tysinger and Tom Kluge (69), and Wendell Hite and Paul Butler won the Third Flight after carding a 69, winning in a match of cards over Jody Nelson and Adam Crews.

Mike Rand and Joe Barkley with a total of 71 finished in third-place in the Third Flight.

Fourth Flight honors went to George Burton and Tyrone Powell with a 76, followed by Ronnie Pate and Walter Robertson (76) and Jimmy Allen and Mike Lindley (77).


First Flight

Brad Mele-Mike Dunn65

Gary Gupton-Phil Rinker*66

David Meeks-Woody Clay*66

Jimmy Clay-Lurdy Stinespring*66

Tommy Spencer-Craig Spencer67

Joey Gasperini-Peter Gasperini69

Jay Burnett-Mark Dickerson69

Nathan Lantor-Brad Thomasson69

W.J. Long-Bobby Long70

Dennis Witt-Mike Hailey71


Second Flight

Greg Meeks-Bob Thomasson67

Eric Arthur-Reed Edwards68

Bob Tysinger-Tom Kluge69

Robert Fallen-Donnie Hughes70

Paul Glass-Brent Myers70

Derek Mason-Kwang Kim72

Roy Bradley-Grayson Throckmorton72

Sam Lewis-Len Ferrell74

Teddy Holt-Tyler Holt74

Nookie Green-Ryan Green74

Charlie Baskervill-Nelson Baskervill75


Third Flight

Wendell Hite-Paul Butler*69

Jody Nelson-Adam Crews*69

Mike Rand-Joe Barkley71

Coleman Speece-Bob Compton73

George Hayes-Chris Lumsden73

Dennis Seamster-Dan Powell73

Dexter Gilliam-Dabney Gilliam74

Jackie Caldwell-Bill Owen75

Brandon Scearce-Grayson Francis77

Mike Jenkins-Mark Thackston79

Joel Cunningham-Joel Cunningham Jr.80


Fourth Flight

George Burton-Tyrone Powell*76

Ronnie Pate-Walter Robertson*76

Jimmy Allen-Mike Lindley77

Bob Lewis-J.E. Tuck77

Woody Long-R.D. Bennett79

Joe Gasperini-Stacy Tingen81

John Courtney-Fred Palmore81

Steve Crutchfield-John Morgan84

Mark Foster-Buddy Ferrell86

Gray Ramsey-Colter Wickermyer86

*Match of cards