Golfers enjoyed a great weekend of sport and fellowship in the Annual Upson Lee Kickoff Classic at Raintree Golf Course in Thomaston.
Over 120 golfers competed in the 2-man shamble format tournament. The tournament was divided into six different flights, and at the end of the weekend it was the duo of Lee Gerdis and Al Jernigan winning the Championship “A” Flight with an incredible score of 123 over the two-day event. However, teams didn’t have to turn in a scores of 61 and 62 in order to have a good time, as all teams seemed to enjoy themselves out on the course.
“This year the tournament was another success,” said UL head coach Tommy Watson. “We had a record number of teams with 61 pairings, and not only did we see some really good golf this weekend, but there were also plenty of laughs and smiles, which is what makes this one of the better events around year in and year out. The Knights just want to thank each and every sponsor and golfer which made this event possible.”
With rounds of 61 and 62, Lee Gerdis and Al Jernigan took home the overall Championship with a team total of 123, while Cleve Hendrix and Clay Stephenson placed second with a score of 129, firing rounds of 68 and 61. The team of Taylor Jernigan and Tyler Burns placed third with a two-day total of 130, while Ken Pullin and Joey Kingsley placed fourth with a score of 131. One highlight from the Championship “A” Flight came from former Spalding High School and Vanderbilt University Punter Brett Upson. On the Par 4 No. 17, Upson drove the green to within two feet from the hole, nearly holing out a par four. He would later tap in for the eagle.
In the Championship “B” Flight, two Upson Lee golfers, Zac Hendrix and Wil Hernandez earned a first place finish with a two day total of 130. The team of Redding and McAbee placed second finished in a three-way tie for second, shooting a 133 along with the teams of Steve Long/Matt Drinkhahn and Alex Oglesbee/Justin Gilbert.
In the First Flight, Richard Bell and Al Green brought home the first place finish with scores of 66 and 65, for a total score of 131. Youngsters Tyler Peavey and Tyler Legg placed second with a score of 132. Walter Roberts and Scott Henderson finished third with a score of 133, while the father-son combo of Mark and Matthew Gaskins finished fourth with a score of 135.
The Second Flight was won by the team of Vince Rogers and Josh Caldwell with a tally of 131. Jay Strange and Jeff Roger placed second with a two day total of 134, while Randy Bond and Steve Collum ended up in third with a score of 136. Mitchell Boyd and Chris Melton placed fourth with a total of 137. They also shot the lowest round of the tournament with a score of 60 on Sunday.
The Third Flight was won by Robbie Blount and Heath Clay with a score of 147, while Gary Moore and Coach Mike Sweeney finished second with a score of 150. UL coach Wayne Puckett and Chris Smith finished third with a total of 155. On Saturday Puckett and his grouping thought he had a hole-in-one on the par 3 eighth hole. However, the ball went in the cup and popped out to sit just an inch from the cup. Former Georgia Bulldog and Chicago Bear Willie McClendon and his partner John Fulghum placed fourth with a score of 157.
In the Fourth Flight, the team of coach Bill Kelly and coach Mike Major won first place with a score of 147, while Jackie Ginter and Josh Brown placed second with a team total of 149. Jason Thomas and Eric Posey placed third with a score of 153, while Coach Todd Davis and Scott Robert also finished third with a score of 153.
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