Jimmy Clay and David Day had something in common Sunday afternoon at Green’s Folly Golf Course — both scored their second straight win in the club’s annual Club Championship Tournament.
Clay, who last year edged 2017 champion David Graham in a tough down-to-the last-hole battle, repeated Sunday, this time edging former Halifax County High School and Lynchburg College standout Josh Irby by seven shots. Nick Thompson and Scott Vaughan finished in a tie for third place, eight shots back.
Day repeated as the Senior Club Champion, edging Doug Newcomb by four shots after having entered Sunday’s final round deadlocked with Newcomb for the lead. E.C. Lewis finished third, three shots behind Newcomb.
For Clay, the win marked his continued domination of the tournament. Since he began competing in the Green’s Folly Golf Course Club Championship Tournament when he was 18, Clay has racked up over 20 victories in the club championship tournament.
“It feels good to come out here and still be able to compete with these guys,” Clay said after carding a 6-under-par 66 round on Sunday that included birdies on holes 1, 6 and 8 and three more birdies on the back nine.
“I’m tickled to death. I played solid today. I hit the ball really well, and my wedge game and iron play was real solid.”
Sunday’s round was a much different and much better round than Clay put together on Saturday when he finished with a 1-under-par round of 71. He held a narrow one-shot lead over Thompson, Vaughan and Kelly Puryear, with Irby sitting two shots behind.
“Saturday was just a matter of get it (the ball) in and finish,” explained Clay.
“I did not hit the ball well. Saturday wasn’t my best, but you don’t always have to hit the ball well to finish well. When you get through the middle of the round, and you know you’re not making good, solid contact, the best thing to do is plug away hole-by-hole, make pars, finish and then concentrate on the next day.”
Irby rallied to card a round of 71 on Sunday, the second-best round of the weekend, to get past Thompson and Vaughan, who both came in with a round of 73.
For Day, last weekend marked his second year of playing for the seniors club championship, and he kept his perfect record intact by winning the seniors title for the second year in a row.
“It makes me feel good,” Day said of the win.
“I haven’t really played much golf coaching the high school golf team, but I played okay. It wasn’t my best effort, but I played well enough to win.”
Day and Newcomb began Sunday’s final round tied after having carded a round of 73 in Saturday’s opening round. The pair battled through Sunday’s deciding round and were tied after the first 15 holes. Then, the momentum turned in Day’s favor.
Over the last three holes, Day carded two pars and a birdie, while Newcomb slipped and bogeyed the last three holes.
“Doug played really well,” Day pointed out.
“E.C. Lewis played really well. All in all, all of the seniors played really well.”
Jimmy Clay – 71-66- 137
Josh Irby – 73-71-144
Nick Thompson – 72-73-145
Scott Vaughan – 72-73-145
Kevin Haskins – 77-72-149
Kelly Puryear – 72-79-151
Woody Clay – 74-78-152
Matt Hunt – 77-76-153
Chris Young – 78-78-156
Brad Hoppe – 78-79 – 157
Sam Edmonds – 80-78-158
Chris Lacks – 76-82- 158
Sammy Puryear – 77-86-163
Matt Hackney – 82-83-165
J.B. Walker – 80-85-165
David Graham – 70 – NC
Senior Club Championship
David Day – 73-72-145
Doug Newcomb – 73-76- 149
E.C. Lewis – 77-75-152
Billy Payne – 76-80-156
Billy Ford – 79-78-157
Billy Henderson – 80-79-159
Bob Blake – 78-81-159
Irvin Carter – 82-78-160
Clyde Testerman – 86-75-161
Buddy Vaughan – 84-85-169
Maurice Kent – 85-86-171
Charlie Payne – 82-90-172
John Coghill – 84-88-172
Craig Young – 95-86-181