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Clay wins sixth consecutive Green’s Folly club championship

The field of golfers entering last weekend’s Green’s Folly Golf Course Club Championship Tournament knew how tough it would be to deny Jimmy Clay a sixth straight club championship on his home course.

Too tough as it turned out. 

Clay fired a two-day total of 66-69-135 for a six-stoke victory over Luke Bohm, playing in his first Green’s Folly club championship.

Bohm himself had a good tournament, finishing with a 68-73-141, three strokes ahead of Brad Shrader in the Championship Flight.

Peter Gasperini finished first in the First Flight with a 72-72-144, two strokes ahead of Kwang Kim and three strokes ahead of Dave Ashwell, while Woody Clay took Second Flight honors with a 78-73-151, with Bryan Allen and Mike Gregory finishing four strokes behind Clay.

Kevin Haskins emerged with a win in the Third Flight with an 81-70-151, six strokes ahead of June Hancock and eight strokes ahead of Cecil Lacks.

Defending Green’s Folly Senior Champion Bobby Wilborn shot a 74-74-148, the same score as Billy Payne, who fired a two-day total of 72-76-148, with Wilborn and Payne declared co-champions for 2013.

Clay led Bohm by two strokes after Saturday’s round and bolted to an early advantage on Sunday, increasing his lead by three strokes at the clubhouse turn and keeping that lead through the final nine holes.

“A slow start yesterday and fast finish, fast start today and slow finish, but it all equals out, and I played solid both days,” Clay said Sunday.

“Today, I played in the same group as Luke, and yesterday he was right in front of me, and he kept pace.”

“Today, I jumped on him early,” Clay added.  “I was four under on the front, and he was one under on the front, and I ended up beating him by six.

“Credit to Luke, he put the pressure on me, he was one under after three today, and I was one under after three, and I birdied four, five and eight.”

A Louisville, Kentucky native, Bohm moved to South Boston from Chicago the weekend of the County Cup last year.

He’s had almost a year to learn how to play the Green’s Folly course, and it’s showed with a number of strong finishes in tournaments so far this year.

“I’ve gotten used to this golf course, where to hit it and where to put it to score, and my scores reflect it,” said Bohm.

“My game has stepped up as well,” he added.  “Yesterday, I struck the ball well and I putted the ball very well, but today I hit 15 greens but had only two birdies.

“I really feel I could have done well today, but I couldn’t get the putts to fall.”

Still, Bohm was satisfied with his two days of golf during the tournament.

“I’m thrilled with my two days of golf and absolutely ecstatic to be on the County Cup team,” he noted.