‘Spring Fling’ tourney a success

Published 12:17 am Sunday, April 19, 2009

Despite a few sprinkles and cool temperatures, Valley Grande “Spring Fling” two-man scramble golf tournament went off without a hitch on Saturday.

“It went even better than we had anticipated,” said Valley Grande owner and manager Rex Bible.

Thirty-four teams comprised the four-flight field, and by day’s end, the cream separated from the crop.

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Jimmy Lovingwood and Michael Vick shot a 61 to win the first flight. Brian Deafon and Paul Tyus finished second and Moses Ngiailaf and Ray Hollinghead took third.

Chad Hopkins and Allen Oates shot a 66 to top flight two. They were trailed by Lynn Britt and Brian Jones, and Wayne Phillips and William Plummer took third.

“It was a fine tournament, well put together. We had a great day,” said Plummer, who plays the course on a weekly basis.

“Rex Bible and his team are doing a great job out there. When the tournament comes on like that, we always want to participate.”

Otis Baggett and Scott Harrison shot a 70 to clinch first place in the third flight. Steve Spivey and Charles Schultz combined for a 74 to take the fourth flight.

The top three in each flight received a combined $3,000. The teams that finish first, second and third in each flight received a combined $2,400 — first place garnered $300; second earned $200; and third place teams split a $100 pot.

Brian Seymour, Paul Dyes and Lovingood all won closest-to-the pin challenges, Shane Harrison won a “longest and straightest” drive contest and one more surprise was given.

“We put everyone’s name in hat, team drawn out got a year’s membership at golf course worth $1,000,” said Bible.

Carl Smith and Andy Allen won the prize, and have a free year of golf in their future.