Big numbers are normally a bad sign at a golf tournament, but a little bit of bad weather switched that around at the 34th annual Harnett County Educators golf tournament at Keith Hills Golf Club on Monday.
“I think it’s been two years in the 34 we’ve been doing this that we’ve had inclement weather, and this is the second one,” said tournament director Will Gage. “But even so, it’s a great chance for fellowship between teachers from all over the county.”
Many of the tournament-record 39 groups were unable to finish the course as the weather broke up play. Thus, winners were determined based on the percentage of holes birdied.
Teams were broken up into three flights based on handicaps: Orange (first), Black (second) and White (third).
Ray Mann, Allen Bunch, Braxton Wynns and Bob Hedrick combined to birdie 94.44% of their holes to take first place in the Orange Flight.
Ray Womble, Chris Hendges, Tripp Womble and Michael Honeycutt were second in the top flight, birdying 92.3% of holes. Also shooting 92.3% were Chris Mace, Grant Mace, John Costa and Nick Page in third place.
T.W. Williams, Don Wilson, Elmon Williams and Don Wilson Jr. took first in the Black Flight, birdying 70.5% of holes.
Dale Coleman, John Chapman, Johnny Parker and Andy Hawley finished second with 58.3%. Bobby Matthews Jr., Todd Matthews, Tyler Matthews and Joey Lubawski took third with 53.8%.
Rodney Pope, Timmy Holder, Travis Godfrey and Andrew Pope took first in the White Flight, birdying 76.9% of holes.
Jeff Carroll, Bill Sutter, Ralph Martin and Mike Brown finished second with 53.8%. Donnie Tart, Darrell Hodge, Kevin Tudor and Doug Stevens took third with 44.4%.