- Last Updated on 08:30 AM 06/19/13
- BY Doug Ford
Cody Spencer offered some advice to his high school golf coach and partner David Graham prior to the second hole of a playoff with Brad Thomasson and Jimmy Clay in the Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournament on Sunday.
His coach listened, and Graham’s tee shot landed inches from the cup on the par-three hole, leading to a birdie and a one-stroke win in the member-guest tourney.
“Cody talked me into hitting a gap wedge, a 52 degree wedge, and it happened to come off just right,” said Graham after the playoff.
“It was just one of those luck shots you’ll take every time it happens,” added Graham, who later described his drive as a “miracle shot.”
Spencer was a standout high school golfer under Graham for four years, giving both players a level of familiarity with each other’s game that came in handy at the tournament.
“I coached him for four years, we play well together because we knew each other, and we played a lot in high school as far as practicing,” Graham recalled.
“It’s just a good team combination, and we felt comfortable together.”
Down three strokes heading into Sunday, Clay and Thomasson played aggressive golf, finally catching up with Graham and Spencer on hole 15 after a birdie, according to Clay.
“We birdied 17 and they matched us, and we eagled 18 and they matched us,” Clay said.
“We played really good today. Yesterday is where we lost it.”
Both teams had a chance to win on the first hole of the playoff, but Graham’s tee shot on the second hole proved to be the difference for the championship.
“My hat’s off to them,” said Clay. “We played really good, they just played a little better.”
“We were three shots down, and we had to play aggressive to catch them,” said Thomasson, who described Spencer as an “up and comer” on the Halifax County golf scene.
“They’re really good,” added Thomasson, who is off to a hot start this season with a championship in the Halifax Country Club Member-Guest Tournament with Jeff Kidd.
His team missed a 10-foot putt that would have sent the playoff to a third hole.
“We hit it to about 10 feet and just missed the putt,” explained Thomasson.
“Hat’s off to those guys, and if we don’t win it, I’m glad to see them win.”
Spencer said he didn’t feel any pressure during the two-day tournament but rather he enjoyed the competition.
“I enjoyed the whole weekend,” Spencer said, adding his and Graham’s goal Sunday was shooting eight under par.
“We did two better than that, and we just tried to play solid and come in with a respectable score.
“It was a good weekend.”
David Graham-Cody Spencer (1st)62-62-124*
Jimmy Clay-Brad Thomasson (2nd)65-59-124
Woody Clay-James Lewis (3rd)67-65-132+
Walter Robertson-Phil Rinker64-68-132
Dave Ashwell-Drew Lewis68-64-132
Kevin Haskins-David Meeks67-67-134
Henry Murray-Rob Wallace69-66-135
Kelly Puryear-Phil Clark69-66-135
Bobby Wilborn-Mike Hailey68-69-137
Sammy Puryear-Brad Mele (1st)70-61-131
David Day-Richard Harrell (2nd)71-61-132
Chris Young-Ronnie Moore (3rd)70-64-134
Johnny Wilson-W.J. Long71-65-136
Scott Vaughan-James Ross71-65-136
Peter McCready-Bob Tysinger71-67-138
Brad Shrader-Brent Myers72-66-138
Billy Payne-Charlie Baskervill72-66-138
Chris Dockrill-Ken Barnes70-70-140
Luke Bohm-Jody Nelson72-68-140
Robert Fallen-Mike Dunn72-68-140
Donald Gravitt-Kyle Gravitt72-68-140
Sam Moser-Steve Tollerson71-73-144
Jeff Hardy-John Coghill72-72-144
Bobby Murray-Chris Murray (1st)74-64-138
Brandon Harris-Bill Dyer (2nd)75-64-139
Charlie Payne-Crawford Peace (3rd)76-65-141+
Irvin Carter-Ricky Buchanan76-65-141
Chris Coleman-Tom Kluge73-69-142
Brian Allen-Troy Strickland73-69-142
Bob Blake-Mike Williams76-66-142
Joe Gasperini-Brent Myers73-70-143
Donnie Ellington-Bill Carter74-70-144
Joe Cunningham Jr. & Senior75-71-146
Lee Puryear-Dillon Puryear76-70-146
Russell Puckett-S. Snow75-72-147
Justin Saunders-Earl Orme76-71-147
Tony Roberts-Barry Hanks76-71-147
Ken Hardy-Allen Griffin76-74-150
Billy Ford-Lurdy Stinespring (1st)77-67-144
Buck Weatherford-Jeff Barger (2nd)77-70-147
Dewey Arthur-Rod Hudgins (3rd)79-69-148
Billy Henderson-Dennis Witt80-69-149
Vince Medley-Chad Crain79-72-151
Cecil Brear-Terry Fix79-73-152
Richard Wentz-Nelson Baskerville80-72-152
Shane Farrar-Chan Puryear80-72-152
Steve Bliss-Danny Lloyd80-76-156
Carroll Solomon-Willie Murray81-75-156
Trip Morningstar-Chris Neal80-77-157
Scott Elmore-Dave Hamilton79-80-159
Chuck Newcomb-Dan Powell (1st)83-69-152*
Wayne Bales-Jeff Shumate (2nd)83-69-152
Ronnie Pate-Tommy Elliott (3rd)82-71-153
Mike Daniel-Scott Parris83-73-156
Paul Snead-Charles Snead88-73-161
Rodney Burchette-Ray Nichols85-78-163
Bill Morningstar-Tom Parham84-82-166
Tom Wade-Carl Thompson86-80-166
* won in playoff
+ won on match of cards