Bryan, Little claim Bill Davis title
By By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
July 8, 2002
During Sunday morning's 2-up semifinal victory over Dan Angero and Jimmy Carle, Doyle Bryan and Judge Little were up and down nearly as much as a yo-yo.
Once Sunday afternoon's championship round finally got under way, Bryan and Little got on a roll and never let up.
Bryan and Little defeated Jack Combest and Steve Nelson 6 and 4 to take the 2002 Bill Davis Memorial Fourth of July Tournament at Northwood Country Club.
During the morning's semifinal four-ball match, Bryan and Little swapped nine straight holes with Angero and Carle.
And the holes didn't come cheap.
Little and Carle were teammates on the Meridian High School golf team several years ago.
Combest and Nelson had to go 24 holes before surviving their match with Johnny Lang and Clay Long, 1-up when Nelson ran in a long putt on the sixth playoff hole. A delay for lightning also suspended play in that semifinal, pushing the 1:30 p.m. tee time for the finals back to around 3 p.m.
When championship play did begin, Bryan and Little promptly won the first two holes and never trailed. They won No. 6 to go 3-up before Combest and Nelson won their lone hole on No. 7 to get back to within two holes.
Bryan and Little then won Nos. 10, 11, and 12 and closed out the match on No. 14 when Little tapped in a short birdie putt. Bryan had put his team up four holes with a birdie on No. 12.
Combest and Nelson were understandably worn out at the end of their 38 holes of competition.