Golfers in the 84th playing of the Energy Weldfab Meadowbrook Classic battled the heat all weekend, the rainy weather on Sunday, and a challenging course that one man conquered just in time, as the weather returned that evening.
Andrew Pressley of Fort Worth won the Classic for the second time in three years, not crossing the plain of par during the three days of competition at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center. Pressley, a former collegiate golfer at LSU and then TCU, fired a scorching-hot 66 on day one (Friday), a 71 on day two, and a 70 on Sunday for a three-day total of 207.
That included matching rival Andrew Koonce on 15, both sticking shots on the green and then making the putts that followed. He struggled briefly on 13 and 14, but never lost his lead and regained his composure to finish strong.
Koonce gave him a strong run for his money. He shot par – 72, of course – on the first day, 71 on the second day and saved his best for last, a 67 on Sunday, good for a three-day total 210. But Pressley just didn’t make enough mistakes for Koonce to take advantage.
Landon Oney finished third (72-69-76-217), and Hagon Wood, fourth (72-70-78-220).
The team competition, began in 2000 when the tournament was rebooted to become more of a homecoming event, was won this year by Don White, Steve Long, Gary Harrison and Craig Hughes (120-125-245).
The flights after the championship flight aren’t named as typical, like first, second, third, etc.; rather, they’re named for famed courses or tournaments. The first flight, then, is the Masters flight, and was won this year by Curtis Crabtree, who fired a 74 on day one, a 71, and then a 77 on Sunday, a three-day total of 222, but he held on for the win. Chad Beale was two strokes back (73-76-75-224), and Jake Reames just two strokes back for third (75-74-77-226).
The second, or St. Andrews flight, was won by Joe Ray (72-78-79-229). Tom Watson was second (234) and Jacob Patterson, third (236).
Andy Reames shot 78-84-44-206 to finish first in the Pine Hurst flight – the Pine Hurst and Colonial (the third and fourth flights) were shortened to just nine holes per player, rather than the usual 18, due to storms on Sunday morning, in an effort to ensure the championship flight was played and completed on Sunday.
Craig Hughes was second in the Pine Hurst (211), and Bubba Clark, Joe Elwood and Grant Payne all finished tied for third (214 by each man).
In the Colonial flight, it was Austin Bullard for the win (83-89-44-216), with Harvey McClendon (218) and Bruce Burnham (222) second and third, respectively.
See more coverage in Wednesday’s print edition of the News Herald, including more photos and complete scores, and online on kilgorenewsherald.com.