Little, Morgan hang on for victory
TAPPING IT IN n Judge Little putts in the final round of the Ed Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament Monday. Little and his partner, Scott Morgan, won the tournament. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
May 29, 2001
Judge Little and Scott Morgan held off the challenge of 11 other teams to win the annual Ed Lewis Memorial Day Tournament at Northwood Country Club by four strokes Monday afternoon.
They turned in a 3-over-par 74 in the final round, but their 197 total was the only score under 200 for the tournament.
Monday was a day where the proud Northwood course got its revenge after taking a beating in the first two rounds ,which were played with a four-ball format on Saturday and a best-ball format on Sunday.
Only six of the 71 teams turned in a score of par or better in the final round which was played under an alternate shot format. None of those came in the championship flight where a true alternate shot format was used. Three were in the first flight and three were in the second flight where two shots off each tee were allowed.
For the tournament, 29 teams finished at par (213) or better.
Little and Morgan entered the final round with a slim two-stroke lead over the team of Austin Holmes and John Thomas Williamson. Holmes and Williamson played themselves out of contention early as they were 7-over on the front nine. Double bogeys on Nos. 4 and 8 and bogeys on Nos. 1, 6, and 9 led to their downfall. An 84 on the final day left them at 209 for the tournament.
Little and Morgan were 1-over at the turn, suffering a bogey on No. 8 to go with eight pars. They entered the back nine with a six-stroke lead over the nearest team of Alex Weddington and Johnny Dement.
Weddington and Dement shot an even-par 36 on the back nine, birdieing No. 12, but giving that stroke right back with a bogey on No. 13. They took second place with a 201 three-day score.
Little and Morgan finished with a 2-over-par 38 over the final nine holes to claim the win.
Little and Morgan definitely enjoy the three different formats for the 54-hole tournament as they repeated as champion.
Jason Anders and Dan Singley took third place with a 204 after shooting a 75 on Monday. Miles Dickson and Tim Hogan and Allan Hart and Johnny Love both finished at 206 to tie for fourth place.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.