- Last Updated on 08:02 AM 05/29/13
- BY Doug Ford
Brad Thomasson and Jeff Kidd had more on their minds than playing golf last weekend at the annual Halifax Country Club Member-Guest Tournament.
Thomasson, like most every golfer in the field, was thinking of long-time club member Jim Burton, who is battling a life threatening illness.
Kidd, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, also was thinking of the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces, both past and present that allow him the freedom to play golf on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
Those thoughts may have served to motivate the pair of first cousins who came home with a win in the tournament for the second time, this win coming on the final hole over Jimmy Clay and Jay Burnett.
Clay and Burnett led by one stroke after one day of play and led by two strokes entering the last nine holes on Sunday.
The two teams were tied entering the final hole, but Thomasson and Kidd took advantage of one mistake by their opponents to win the tournament.
“They’re probably two of the best golfers in the county, and you just have to play hard and stay in every hole and focus on every shot,” said Thomasson.
“We had to focus today and make sure we had two balls on the green with somebody in the hole for par, so at least one of us could be aggressive.
“It came down to the last hole and the last putt.”
Thomasson had one mulligan left entering the final hole, according to Kidd, and that gave him two chances for a par.
“We talked about it. Brad still had a mulligan, so we wanted to put two balls in the fairway and have a chance at a putt,” said Kidd.
“We lucked out this time, and it went our way, but it could have gone either way.”
Burnett said the one mistake on his team’s part opened the door for Thomasson and Kidd on the final hole.
“They took advantage, and that proved to be the difference maker,” Burnett explained.
“We played solid on the front nine and had a little bit of a lead, but they played a real solid back nine.
“It’s tight competition, and solid tee to green play ultimately will win out.”
Kidd and Thomasson emphasized the day was about more than just golf.
“It’s all about our troops, and we’re lucky to be able to come out here and do this,” said Kidd, who had 11 permanent changes of station and at least five temporary postings during his military career.
“This is all about people who served our country so we could come out here and play sports like this.”
First-time member-guest chairman Drew Lewis, along with Joanna Blackstock, Pat Crew and Robbie Harris did a “great job” with the two-day tournament, and golf course manager Quinn Elliott has done a “phenomenal job” with the golf course, especially the greens, according to Thomasson.
“We played with a heavy heart,” added Thomasson, when thinking of Burton.
“He’s basically been the accountant for the golf course for many years, and he’d done a lot for the course.
“We’re all thinking of Jim and his family.”
Brad Thomasson-Jeff Kidd (1st)62-65-127
Jay Burnette-Jimmy Clay (2nd)61-67-128
Ronnie Moore-Jackie Thomasson (3rd)66-66-132
Phillip Payne-Scott Martin67-66-133
Tommy Daniel-David Day67-67-134
Woody Clay-Chris Young68-66-134
Donald Gravitt-Ronnie Snow68-71-139
W.J. Long-Ed Edgar68-72-140
Phil Rinker-Sammy Puryear69-75-144
Brad Mele-David Graham (1st)70-65-135
Mark Repokis-John Mele (2nd)71-72-143
Bion Fite-Chris Coleman (3rd)72-71-143
James Lewis-Bill Hite71-73-144
Robert Fallen-Dale Wilson71-73-144
Nookie Green-Bill Dyer72-72-144
Jay Henderson-Brad Shrader72-72-144
Paul Butler-David Ford71-75-146
Grayson Throckmorton-Scott Bosiger71-79-150
Jackie Caldwell-Scott Petriskie72-81-153
Sam Fisher-Kevin Fisher (1st)73-70-143
Kelly Chappell-Wesley Chappell (2nd)73-72-145
John Hayes-Tim Johnson (3rd)74-71-145
Teddy Holt-Brandon Harris75-70-145
Tom Brown-Bobby Wilborn73-72-145
Tommy Spencer-Mike Gregory75-72-147
Gary Gupton-Mark Bullock74-74-148
Roger Long-Ralph Beard74-76-150
Walter Robertson-Bryan Allen75-75-150
Chris Lumsden-Buford Lumsden74-77-151
Grayson Francis-Rodney Mason75-76-151
Bob Tysinger-Lee Tysinger75-77-152
Jason Kirkhart-Rob Wallace75-77-152
Coleman Speece-Jim Binner75-79-154
Alan Gravitt-Bill Maxwell75-79-154
Arthur Lantor-Jeff Parr (1st)76-71-147
Mike Dunn-Jacob Trent (2nd)76-75-151
Rodney Watts-Andy Schleifstein (3rd)78-76-154
Casey Spencer-Chuck Newcomb77-78-155
Preston Crowder-Matt Crowder77-78-155
Charles Thompson-Hunter Thompson76-82-158
Joel Cunningham Jr.-Howard Harvey78-80-158
Woody Long-Justin Saunders78-80-158
Roy Bradley-Tim Wiles76-86-162
Chris Cole-Chris Wilborn77-86-162
Donnie Hughes-Kyle Gravitt (1st)80-73-153
Greg Meeks-Chuck Nelson (2nd)79-74-153
Greg Farley-Bryan Farley (3rd)79-75-154
Dan Powell-Nick Carter79-75-154
Earle Orme-Johnny Wilson80-77-157
Steve Crutchfield-Darrell Carter80-77-157
Eric Arthur Jr.-Scott Gessell 79-80-159
Paul Glass-Brad Smith80-80-160
George Hayes-Tom Coates80-80-160
G. Grant- R. Clark79-83-162
Dennis Seamster-Shawn Torian81-81-162
Jimmy Allen-Michael Compton80-84-164
Jason Parker-Chris Parker81-84-165
Roger Bennett-Robbie Foster79-86-165
Tommy Elliott-Ronnie Pate81-85-166
John Lantor-Mark Raper81-87-168
Michael Puryear-Griffen Kopp (1st)83-76-159
Doug Fleig-Taylor Fleig (2nd)86-74-160
Dennis Witt-Graham Witt (3rd)83-80-163
Tim Davis-Bill Stillman82-82-164
Joe Gasperini-Peter Gasperini83-82-165
Phil Saunders-Steve Long85-85-170
John Morgan-Jonathan Fussell86-85-171
Daniel Ivey-Justin Shepperd85-87-172
Gray Ramsey-Cleve Campbell89-84-173
Joel Cunningham Sr.-David Ragland90-85-175
Criag Nuhfer-Marshal Nuhfer84-92-176