Brothers Woody Clay and Jimmy Clay proved to continue to be the class of the field in this past weekend’s Halifax Country Club Member-Guest Golf Tournament.
The Clays rallied from a one-shot deficit after Saturday’s opening round to post a weekend-best round of 61 on Sunday to score an eight-shot win and record their third straight win in the annual tournament.
“Jimmy hit the ball unbelievably well today,” Woody Clay remarked.
“He hit the ball close so much hole after hole. It sounds bad to say, but nine-under-par is probably the worst we could have shot. We could have shot 13 or 14-under. I didn’t make many birdies, I cut him a couple of holes, but we just had the ball close every hole. We never had to struggle. It’s good when you can play like that.”
“It’s fun to win three in a row,” Jimmy Clay added.
“I can’t say enough about Woody. He’s a good partner. We know each other’s game. We mix really well together. We can be tough to handle when we’re on.”
Things didn’t go as smoothly for the Clays in Saturday’s opening round as they did Sunday. The pair got off to a slow start but rallied to birdie five of their last seven holes coming in to finish with a round of 65, which put them a shot down to first-day leaders Brent Myers and Hunter Thompson who carded a round of 64.
“Saturday was a pretty rough day,” Woody Clay pointed out.
“We didn’t do much. We shot five-under-par. At one time, it looked like we could shoot over par. We had seven or eight holes to go, and I chipped in and made a couple of birdies and then he made two or three birdies and we wound up shooting five-under and stayed close.”
Jimmy Clay had a big afternoon in Sunday’s round, carding eight birdies to get he and his brother into the lead and distance themselves from their challengers.
The pair posted birdies on the first two holes they played in Sunday’s round and were four-under-par at the turn. After they birdied holes 11, 12 and 13, the holes that usually give them the most trouble, they were in good shape.
“Today was just one of those days when I had the key ingredient going for me in the driver and the wedge,” Jimmy Clay explained, “and I was hitting it close on every shot. Woody was in the hole, and it just kind of opened me up.”
The teams of Tommy Spencer and Brad Shrader and Michael Jenkins and Tim Salley tied for the runner-up spot with both teams posting rounds of 67-67 for a 134 total, with Spencer and Shrader getting second place on a match of scorecards.
Brad Mele and Kris Mele won the First Flight, edging the runner-up team of James Lewis and Bill Hite by one shot to earn the win. The team of Joel Cunningham Jr. and David Graham won the Second Flight, topping the runner-up team of Derek Mason and Kevin Dawson by one shot.
Donnie Ellington and Kevin Haskins scored a two-stroke win over Preston Crowder and Matt Crowder to win the Third Flight. Harvey Driggs and Jay Newcomb finished four shots ahead of the runner-up team of Greg Meeks and Chuck Nelson to win the Fourth Flight.
The team of Dave Ashwell and Casey Spencer scored an eight-shot win over the team of Phil Saunders and Steve Long in the Fifth Flight.
HCC MEMBER-GUEST TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Woody Clay-Jimmy Clay – 65-61-126
Tommy Spencer-Brad Shrader – 67-67-134* (Match of Cards)
Michael Jenkins-Tim Salley – 67-67-134
Chris Coleman-Scott Vaughan – 66-70-136
Mike Hailey-Jon Bryson – 66-70-136
Brent Myers – Hunter Thompson – 64-73-137
Donald Gravitt-Kyle Gravitt – 67-70-137
Michael Puryear-David Day – 66-72-138
Jack Caldwell- Scott Petriskie – 67-71-138
Paul Butler-David Ford – 67-72-139
Jay Burnett-David Meeks – 67-72-139
Brad Mele-Kris Mele – 68-65-133
James Lewis-Bill Hite – 68-66-134
Phil Rinker-John Howerton - 69-66-135
Ronnie Moore-Jackie Thomasson – 70-65-135
Bryan Allen-Scott Shackelford – 69-68-137
Kim Houseal-Scott Houseal – 69-69-138
Alan Gravitt-Bill Maxwell – 70-69-139
Tommy Daniel-T.J. Daniel – 70-73-143
Gary Gupton-Mark Bullock – 69-74-143
Donnie Hughes-Sammy Moser – 70-78-148
Coleman Speece-Randy Haugh – 70-83-153
Joel Cunningham Jr. – David Graham – 71-67-138
Derek Mason – Kevin Dawson – 73-66-139
Walter Robertson-John Mele – 72-69-141
Drew Lewis-Jake Moore-72-70-142
Sammy Fisher-Billy Ford – 71-73-144
W.J. Long-Nick Lumsden – 71-74-145
Nookie Green-Harrell Parker – 73-72-145
Nathan Lantor-Johnny Wilson – 72-75-147
Nelson Baskervill – Bryan Farley – 73-74-147
Dennis Witt-Graham Witt – 73-75-148
Jerry Burnett-Tom Burnett – 72-77-149
Eric Arthur-Nick Gesell – 73-77-150
Lyle Moore-Justin Saunders – 73-79-152
Brad Davis-Michael Crenshaw – 73-80-153
Donnie Ellington-Kevin Haskins – 75-70-145
Preston Crowder-Matt Crowder – 75-72-147
Chris Cole-Scott Rottler – 75-73-148
Raleigh Powell-Les Powell – 76-76-152
Teddy Holt-Tyler Holt – 76-76-152
Steve Crutchfield – Darrell Carter – 76-76-152
Scott Martin-Scott Newbill – 76-77-153
Grayson Francis-Rodney Mason – 76-78-154
Jeff Shumate-John Shumate – 77-78-155
Jody Nelson-Justin Hatcher – 75-81-156
John Lantor-Mark Raper – 77-80-157
John Morgan-Jonathan Fussell – 77-80-157
Throckmorton-Barger – 77-81-158
Harvey Driggs-Jay Newcomb – 78-70-148
Greg Meeks-Chuck Nelson – 79-73-152
Tyler Lewis-Justin Bagbey – 78-75-153
Geoffrey Grant-Mark Wagner- 78-78-156
Dan Powell-Nick Carter – 78-79-157
Wes Bosiger-Scott Bosiger – 80-79-159
Stephen Talbott-Kaleb Long – 80-80-160
J.R. Griffin-Griffin – 78-83-161
Bob Tysinger-Lee Tysinger – 78-83-161
Jason Parker-Wesley Francis – 78-84-162
Chase Griffin-Jody Marshall – 80-87-167
Dave Ashwell-Casey Spencer – 81-70-151
Phil Saunders-Steve Long – 82-77-159
Daniel Roller-Jacob Jennings – 83-78-161
Wayne Roller-Stacey Marshall- 83-87- 170
Mike Harris-Wayne Bales – 86-85-171
Jason Kirkhart-Ken Kirkhart – 87-86-173
Bill Owen-Jared Owen – 86-88-174
Frank Fincher-Bryan Smith – 88-87-175
Gray Ramsey-Cleve Campbell – 86-90-176
Cameron Starke-Tyler Mann – 87-89-176
Mark Heddings-Matt Heddings – 87-94-181
Tim Upchurch-Eric Upchurch – 90-93-187