Tour News

Everyone Has A Fair Chance

As evidenced once again this weekend, the FairWay Golf Tour provided a forum for competition in which almost all participants had a chance to win coming down the stretch. At the two events over the weekend, (Sat. at Fossil Creek in FW and Sun. at the soon to be Hard Rock Casino course in Tulsa) the tour provided a little bit of everything. Tim Stinneford will tell you first time players can win as he fired a net 70 to edge out veterans Burt Rieck (70.2), Donald Chapman (70.4), Harvey Pulido (70.8) and Doug Lillard (71). These players all had more than their fair chance at victory as Rieck (2.8 hcp) triple bogeyed the 11th and double-bogeyed the 15th, but birdied the 14th and 16th to salvage second place with a gross score of 73. Chapman (6.6 hcp) reeled off three birdies in a row on holes 11-13 after a front nine 41, only to bogey 15 and 17 to fall into 3rd pl. at 70.4. Pulido (7.2 hcp) doubled 15 and 16 to finish fourth at 70.8. Lillard bogeyed 14 and 15 before tripling 16 to finish at 71 and just out of the money in 5th place. Want to hear more...Don Tate (6hcp) was the leader at the turn with an even par 36 befor shooting 44 on the back nine for a net 74. And even Donny Davis (11 hcp), the sole leader at -3 after a birdie at 14, finished double bogey, bogey, triple bogey, double bogey for a net score of 77. More of the same on Sunday in Tulsa as veteran Eddie McGoveran (6.8 hcp) fired a net score of -1.8 to beat newcomer Cody Finney (6.8 hcp) by 1 stroke after Cody bogeyed the final four holes, including a three putt on 18. The moral of this story? A.) Never listen to mid round chatter about how this guy or that guy is running away with the tourney...there are 18 holes to be played, and B.) Play a tour where everyone has a fair chance!