Hancock defends GCC title

Published 1:01 am Saturday, October 18, 2008

David Hancock defended his 2007 Club Championship by shooting a two-day score of nine under Par, 131, at the Greenville Country Club last weekend.

Marshall Watts finished second with two-day score of five under par.

This is the third consecutive year Watts has finished runner-up.

Bart Rainey won the first Senior Club Championship, shooting a two-day score of 166.

Marshall Watts won the low-net trophy for the tournament shooting a net score of 137, determined by subtracting two times the USGA Home Handicap Score from the total score for the tournament.

Billy Armstrong placed second with a net score of 141.

The final results, by flight, were:

Championship Flight:

First Place: David Hancock 66 – 65 = 131

Second Place: Marshall Watts 68 – 67 = 135

Third Place: Mints McGowin 67 – 73 = 140

Fourth Place: Zack Little 71 — 72 = 143

Fifth Place: Todd Norman 69 – 74 = 143

Sixth Place: Tommy Ryan, Sr 72 – 74 = 146

First Flight

First Place: Pete Hamilton 74 – 75 = 149

Second Place: Drew Bass 77 – 73 = 150

Third Place: Ricky Langston 78 — 76 = 154

Fourth Place: Bill Lewis 76 – 78 = 154

Fifth Place: Ty Langston 75 – 80 = 155

Sixth Place: Mason Bass 77 – 84 = 161

Second Flight:

First Place: Hunter Barrow 80 – 77 = 157

Second Place: Tommy Guy 81 – 78 = 159

Third Place: Lionel Rainey, Sr. 83 – 78 = 161

Fourth Place: Kenny Perdue 81 – 84 = 165

Fifth Place: Mark Landers 84 – 82 = 166

Sixth Place: Mac Russell 86 – 95 = 136

Senior Flight:

First Place: Bart Rainey 84 – 80 = 164

Second Place: Joe Watts 78 – 88 = 166

Third Place: Billy Armstrong 79 – 88 = 167

Fourth Place: Steve McGee 85 – 86 = 171

Fifth Place: Ron McSpadden 85 – 90 = 175

Tournament Chairman Joe Watts reported 24 members participated in the Club Championship, which represents approximately 25 percent of the active golfing members, and that only six tournament participants had active USGA Handicaps, having posted at least 20 scores during the past 12 months.

The number of participants is not reflective of the golfing atmosphere at the Greenville Country Club. On a normal weekend, we will have 60 to 70 golfers on the course during the day.

Our goals now are to determine how we can get more golfers to participate in the Club’s Tournament, and to determine how we can get everyone to utilize the USGA Handicap System.

The Alabama Golf Association has been stressing the importance of this program for a number of years.

Once again, and for the last time this year, Watts complimented Golf Course Superintendent Tommy Ryan for the condition of the course.

2008 has been a great year for the playing condition of the course.

It is an unspoken compliment to Tommy and his staff for their diligence in maintaining the course.

We can only hope that 2009 will match or exceed current conditions.