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Role reversal: Spencer, Graham capture Green’s Folly Member-Guest tournament

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.”

 

Scores

Championship Flight

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

 

Second Flight

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

 

Third Flight

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

 

Fourth Flight

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

 

Fifth Flight

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