Master’s Games come to an end

Published 9:17 pm Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Golfer Tommy Hatchett watches as partner John Parris putts the ball into the hole to close out another round. The pair joined many others at the Valley Grande Golf Course Tuesday for the doubles competition. The competition closed out the two-day Master’s Games event. -- Robert Hudson

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

The annual Master’s Games came to end Tuesday with an event that doubled the competition.

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The Master’s Games doubles golf tournament at Valley Grande Golf Course marked the end of this year’s event.

Participants chose one partner and all teams were split into age groups of 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80-84.

Those who played in this year’s golf tournament for pleased with this year’s games.

“It was a very good tournament,” said golfer Johnny Moss. “We had a pretty good turnout. A lot of guys came from all around the state as usual.”

Another golfer, Ray Leonard, said he’s always enjoyed participating in the games.

“It’s always fun,” Leonard said. “It’s really enjoyable. I’m just glad I’m able to get out here.”

Tommy Hatchett, another participant in this year’s tournament, said the Master’s Games golf tournament is more about camaraderie than it is about winning.

“I just enjoy seeing the guys,” Hatchett said. “We’ve been playing with these guys for years. It’s mostly about the camaraderie. If you win, you win, but even if you don’t win it’s just a fun place to be.”

The top three finishers in each age group advanced to the state tournament in Trussville, which will be held on Oct. 10, and 11.

The of team of Elton Reece and Ray Hollingshead finished first in the 60-64 age group with the team of Jim Rice and Albert Southall finishing second.

John Parris and Tommy Hatchett captured the top spot in the 65-69 age group, while the duo of Johnny Moss and Gordon Cargill finished second and the team of Richard Weisphaupt and Robert Woods took third place.

In the 70-74 age group, Andy Allen and Karl Smith took second place. Pat Knight and George Walker secured first place in the 80-84 age group, while Sonny Dubose and Wayne Robinson finished second.
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