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Two-ball triumph at HCC

Corky Sterns has made a lot of friends since he and his family moved to Halifax County from Sharon, Pa., in 1968.

Sterns soon discovered part of his “adopted” family at Halifax Country Club, and two of those family members, Jay Burnett and David Meeks, came away with a championship in a two-ball tournament played in honor of Sterns last weekend.

Burnett and Meeks carded a 66-65 to win the two-day tournament by one stroke over Brent Myers and Dave Ashwell, with James Lewis and Jimmy Clay finishing third in the First Flight.

Consistency and accuracy paved the way for Burnett and Meeks, who navigated the country club course known for its tight fairways and requires precise shotmaking.

“Neither of us had played very much, and it’s the first tournament of the year, so you want to come out and compete,” said Burnett.

“It’s a good field.  Whenever you have Jimmy Clay in the field and Woody (Clay) and some of the others, you have to come out and shoot a good score.”

“David and I play pretty well together,” Burnett added.

“We won this tournament two years ago, and both of us feel if we play well we can compete with anybody.

“Neither of us see too many highs and lows, and we’re pretty steady.

“We know if one of us is out of play, the other will be there.”

Meeks is familiar with both Halifax Country Club and Green’s Folly Golf Course and what it takes to score well at both courses.

“Over here you have to be so precise and hit the ball straight, especially now when all the grass isn’t around all the greens,” commented Meeks.

“If you don’t hit the greens you get bad lies and it’s tough to chip, but it’s easy to play with Jay, because he hits it straight down the middle.

“It’s two completely different golf courses but two great golf courses, and over here your mental game has to be sharp.”

Burnett and Meeks agreed with the choice of Sterns as the honoree for this year’s tournament. 

“Corky is a great guy.  I’ve been playing over here for 20 years, and whenever you draw him you know you’ll have a good competitor and someone you enjoy playing with,” said Burnett.

“It’s nice to have this tournament to honor somebody who’s done a lot for this club, and hopefully he gets a degree of satisfaction in that.”

“It’s always great when you walk in the clubhouse and see that smile, and it’s great to win a tournament in his honor for sure,” added Meeks.

Scott Martin and Ryan Vaughan won the Second Flight, with David Day and Sammy Puryear second and W.J. Long and Lurdy Stinespring third.

Brad Mele and Drew Lewis won the Third Flight, with Bill Singleton and Clint Moon second and Greg Meeks and Nookie Green third.

Walter Robertson and June Hancock came home first in the Fourth Flight, with J.E. Tuck and Jim Burton second and Jody Nelson and Justin Hatcher third.