Jun 18
Kade Keith wins
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Texarkana’s Kade Keith posted a 2-under-par 34 for nine holes to easily win the Boys 7-9 division at this week’s North Texas PGA Junior Golf Tour event at Athens Country Club.
The tournament attracted 102 playes. Winnsboro’s Wade Langley was second to Keith with 49.

Jun 10

By Louie Avery
Kenneth Sawyer is an enigma.
The 37-year-old Texarkana resident is getting ready to work nearly 100 hours of manual labor for no compensation.
It sounds crazy, but Texarkana Country Club’s greens superintendent is actually preparing for a lifetime experience. He has been asked to work as one of nearly 8,000 volunteers at the 2010 U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Sawyer left Texarkana today, and will meet with Pebble Beach’s superintendent (Chris Dalhamer) and other officials Sunday to set up the course and prepare for next week’s Open. Several individuals have played a role in Sawyer’s rare opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in golf.
“It all started a couple of years ago when I met Dalhamer,” Sawyer said. “I’ve been at TCC 16 years and a group of guys put together a ‘thank you package’ and sent me to Pebble. I got to ride around with Chris for three or four hours, talking to him about his facilities, staff and problems. We talked about what he does out there compared to what I do at TCC, and it’s a different ball game.”
Sawyer said he could find himself filling divots, fixing ball marks, fluffing the rough, or possibly mowing next week.
“I tried to find out what I’d be doing, but they’re not divulging that information,” he said. “I highly doubt that I will be on a mower, but you never know. It would be awesome if I was, but they have past superintendents and interns that usually get special consideration.”
Pebble Beach also hosted the U.S. Open in 2000—won by Tiger Woods—and Sawyer said he expects most of that tournament’s volunteers to be back.
While Sawyer won’t be getting a paycheck, his expenses shouldn’t be outrageous.
“There’s a private school in Pebble where they’re going to put me up, and they’ll provide several meals,” he said. “Some of the members at TCC have also offered me a little help, buying my plane ticket which is huge. They even made it round trip, so I guess they want me back.”
That latter remark is probably understated. Sawyer’s rewarding trip to California has been well earned during the past 16 years.
A native of Fort Worth, Sawyer discovered early he could have fun doing what some folks might call torture.
“I don’t play golf, but I worked on golf courses all through high school during the summer, and again when I was attending the University of Arkansas-Monticello,” he said. “I’ve always had a passion for mowing—cutting grass.
“When I was young I mowed our yard in perfect straight lines just to please my mom and dad. One day my older brother (Steve) did the mowing in every direction and I had a fit.  It became my job after that, and I made my spending money as a youth mowing grass.”
After graduating from Monticello in 1994 Sawyer was hired at TCC.
“When I started I was plugging fairways. I worked my way through the ranks,” he said.
His experiences at TCC have been a challenge to say the least. An ice-storm and recent tornado caused severe damage to the course, but Sawyer and his staff have been successful in preserving one of Arkansas’ premier layouts, which will be 100 years old in 2014.
“TCC is still one of the great courses,” Sawyer said. “We’re just now getting over a very tough fall in 2009. There was 30 inches of rain in two months, and during that span we had a disease hit us. We went into winter a little thin (grass) and came out thin. It took a while, but I think we’re back.”
There were nearly 400 players entered in last week’s 75th annual Four States Invitational, and nobody was critical of Sawyer’s work.
That’s probably the real reason he’s going to be at Pebble Beach next week.

Jun 7

Defending champion Greg Flanagan was looking at a relatively straight 7-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole during Sunday’s final round of the 75th annual Four States Invitational at Texarkana Country Club.
The putt lipped out, allowing Gary Antunes Jr. and Kirk Hale to maintain the 2-shot lead they had taken into Sunday’s final 18 holes. Flanagan and Jon Sheppard then bogeyed the par-5 16th, while Antunes converted a 7-foot birdie that secured the title for the two Henderson, Texas, golfers.
“To me the turning point was 15,” said Flanagan, a former Texarkana Golf Association City champion. “The putt I missed was huge. If I make that putt we’re one down with three to play and it’s a whole different ball game. They bogey at 16 was just a last-ditch effort.”
As it turned out, the two-shot swing at 16 was the difference because Sheppard birdied the short par-4 17th, and Flanagan made a 20-foot birdie putt at 18 to assured the locals second place.
Antunes and Hale finished the day with a 4-under-par 68 and a 54-hole total of 205. Flanagan and Sheppard also shot 68 for 207, while Bruce Hornbuckle and Brandon Jones posted the best score in the championship flight with a 67 and 210 total for third place.
“Kirk had back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 after they had caught us with birdies at 9 and 10,” Antunes said. “That got us back to where we needed to be.”
The par-5 12th hole was another turning point. Sheppard’s drive sailed over the corner of the woods, leaving him a wedge to the green. However, he pulled his ensuing shot into the ditch only a few feet from the treacherous pin-placement.
Several players had trouble reading TCC’s greens, including Antunes.
“Kirk probably read the last nine holes for me,” he said. “Some putts look like they go one way and they go the exact opposite. Other then that the course was pretty straight forward.”
Poor putting possibly cost Flanagan and Sheppard another championship.
“The course is obviously is great shape, but to me the greens were not as fast as usual on Sunday,” Flanagan said. “We both left a lot of potential birdie putts short.”
Henderson golfers made it a sweep when Gary Antunes Sr. and David Gray rallied with a 3-under 69 for a 208 total that won the president’s flight. Magee Burns and Brad Fitzgerald were one shot back at 209, while Tyler Dunlap and Eric Cunningham captured third place at 215.
In other competition Jay Misenheimer and Steve McMillen won the first flight with a 2-under 70. Mike McDaniel and Mantie Norvell were second at 72, with Robee Carter and Mitch Bobo third at 73.
Michael Griffin and David Whitt won the second flight with a 73. Kevin Highland and Jack Welbourn shot 74, while Steve Wren and Steve Douglas captured third with a 75.
Don McAnally and Bobby Smith tied John Estes and Jerry Rochelle for first place in the third flight with 72s. Carroll Hutchens and Paul Lovan were third at 77.
Texarkana’s Gary and Brent Treadway won the fourth flight with a 5-over 77. One shot were Randy Sikes and Jim Page. David Wallin and Don Beasley were third with an 80.

— Louie Avery

Jun 6

For the second time in as many years a pair of familiar foes have charged to the top in the Four States Invitational to set up a rematch when both pairs resume play today.
Gary Antumes, Jr. and Kirk Hale took a 1-stroke lead over Friday’s announced leaders Greg Flanagan and Jon Sheppard when a rash of late scorecards were turned in.
When the tournament resumed Saturday, Antumes, Jr. and Hale extended their lead another stroke with a 7-under par total of 137. Flanagan and Sheppard are second at 139 by carding a combined 71 after Friday’s 5-under 68 in the two-man, best-ball tournament.
The leader’s scores are surprising, especially to Antumes, Jr., who said he’s only played seven rounds of golf since October.
“To sum it up. It was pretty horrible,” he said. “We didn’t make any putts. We haven’t been playing that much and we’re not getting the ball in the hole.”
Although Hale has “been carrying the team,” according to Antumes, Jr., both golfers are unhappy with their putting the last two days.
“We missed a lot of shots out there yesterday and we left some out there today too,” Hale said.
Flanagan and Sheppard also found Texarkana County Club’s tough layout a little more unyielding on Saturday. After ending day one with a 4-under 68, they concluded Saturday’s round with a 1-under 71.
Both teams current position in the standings sets up a potential replay of the 2009 tournament’s last day where Flanagan secured a 1-up victory over their competition when he rolled home a pair of birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
Antumes added that a change in Saturday’s weather conditions at the golf course was a factor to the higher scores.
“The air was real heavy and the ball wasn’t going as far,” he said.
Autumes, Jr., who played college golf at the University of Texas-Arlington, took that point a little further.
“I’ve never liked playing in the morning because of dew on the grass.”
Moister shouldn’t be a problem when the current leaders tee off with Sheppard and Flanagan this afternoon from No. 1 at 2:10 p.m. The duo of Mike Smith and NIck Duke are third at 140, followed by Brad Donaldson and Andrew Pott, who carry a 141 two-day mark into today’s final round.
Another member of the Antumes family, Gary, Sr., is also in the hunt for a tournament title. He and partner David Gray are second in the 10-team President Flight standings. They trail current leader Magee Burns and Brad Fitzgerald by one shot.
— Phil Sandoval

Jun 5

Calvin Williams and Gary Womack were on top, or near the top all three days of the Orr Hyundai Memorial Golf tournament at Northridge Country Club.
Williams and Womack shot 69 the first day to qualify for the championship flight, and were tied for first place after the second round wih Ronnie Ingram and Greg Flanagan in the unique format which rewarded players with points for scoring bogeys, pars, birdies and eagles.
Final results had Williams and Womack breaking the tie on the final day to edge Ingram and Flanagan, with Brad Davis and Neely Duke third. J.T. Smith and Mike Smith were fourth, with Bobby Ables and John Stephens fifth.
Brothers Mark and Steve Brine won the second flight, surviving a strong challenge by Paulk Quaid Sr. and Mark Wright on the final day. Jason and Ethan Eppinette were third. John Warren and Zach Looney finished fourth, with Jim Blevins and John Estes Jr. fifth.
Don Moore and Bruce Biddy rallied on Day 3 to edge Jeremy Jansen and Roy Oliver to win the third flight. Ty Harris and Gary Rhoades were third. David Mims and Kelly Mitchell finished fourth, whith Mike and Bryant Guillot fifth.

Jun 3

Four States Invitational

Friday’s Pairings
At Texarkana Country Club
No. 1
7:30 a.m.—Dennis Owings/Rand Melton vs. Larry Roberts/Hoyt Watson
7:40—Ted Macey/J.T.Smith vs. Randy Sikes/Jim Page
7:50—John Warren/Tony Couch vs. Kelvin Wyrick/Scott White
8:00—Gene Howard/Don Peden vs. Brent Treadway/Gary Treadway
8:10—Charles Brown/Bruce Brown vs. Roger Joyner/Doug Scruggs
8:20—Randy Indivina/A.J. Tridico vs. Matt Stell/Kyle DeLaughter
8:30—Russel Mayo/Scott Dubois vs. Jay Ward/Colin Ward
8:40—Roy Burklow/Bill Weddinton vs. Corley Ragle/Aaron Shinn
8:50—Charlie Warker/Rodney Bobo vs. Bob Weber/Dennis Huffman
9:00—Carroll Hutchens/Paul Lovan vs. Todd Shores/John Hendricks
9:10—Zach Meador/Jim Meadown vs. Eric Olson/Scott Akins
9:20—David Hickerson/Hershel Flanagan vs. Jim Tieszen/Doug Neece
12:30 p.m.—Geogg Culbertson/Ty Patterson vs. Greg Flanagan/Jon Sheppard
12:40—Mike Conway/Mike Kennedy vs. Mike Craver/Cary Patterson
12:50—Bruce Hornbuckle/Brandon Jones vs. Randy King/Stan Stevens
1:00—Trey Patterson/Steven Bell vs. Mike Smith/Nick Duke
1:10—Mike Duff/Billy Huckabee vs. Heat Hunter/Jason Duvall
1:20—Tim James/Gary Gutierrez vs. Jeff Maneth/Jeremy Hughes
1:30—Brad Donaldson/Andrew Potts vs. Cabe Prieskorn/Jeff Prieskorn
1:40—Corey Durham/Trevor Durham vs. Chris Short/Jordan Short
1:50—Sammy Burris/Brad Goethals vs. Curt Roberts/Ritchie Anderson
2:00—Gary Antunes, Jr./Kirk Hale vs. Steve Bennett/David Murray
2:10—Jim Pickens/Jon Lockett vs. Ron Rogers/Ben Keeney
2:20—Gary Antunes, Sr./David Gray vs. Magee Burns/Brad Fitzgerald
No. 10
7:30 a.m.—Michael Griffin/David Whitt vs. Bill McClellan/Don Moore
7:40—Steve Buford/Danny Maxey vs. Stephen Ciulla/Brent Thorton
7:50—Joey Myers/Hack Willeford vs. J.T. Stephens/Phil Mobley
8:00—Tom Takes/Wes Shahan vs. Cal Williams/Gary Womack
8:10—Wayne Hawkins/William Morriss vs. Kevin Highland/Jack Welbourn
8:20—Brian Blankenship/Alan Blankenship vs. Steve DeLaughter/Tony Horn
8:30—Stuart Murray/Steve Murray vs. Doug Reese/Wayne Rollins
8:40—Robee Carter/Mitch Bobo vs. Greg Germany/J.L. Gilchrist
8:50—Bunn Fawcett/Larry Davis vs. Morris Vaden/Tommy Neece
9:00—Jim Blevins/Larry Walls vs. Jeff Foutaine/Kevin McKinney
9:10—Mike McDonald/Montie Norvell vs. Mike Rumfelt/Doug Shay
9:20—Don McAnally/Bobby Smith vs. Fred Wren/Steve Wren
12:30 p.m.—Tyler Dunlap/Eric Cunningham vs. Blake James/Jeffery Williams
12:40—David Riley/Harry Blake vs. Dustin Stephenson/David Slayton
12:50—Lance Tjaden/Dwain Bean vs. Robert Whitehead/Derick Giles
1:00—Sonny Brainerd/Steve Littlefield vs. Jim Fry/Powers Manley
1:10—Loy Dean Clark/Larry Wooldrigde vs. Thomas Parker/Joe Baumann
1:20—Jay Misenheimer/Steve McMillian vs. Jack Potter/Rusty Stanley
1:30—Jeff Bennett/KIm Haksaw vs. David Folsom/Lance Lee
1:40—Roy Akins/Byron Phillips vs. Mike Hillis/Joe James
1:50—Jim Watson/Don Hill vs. Steve Wren/Steve Douglas
2:00—John Estes/Jerry Rochelle vs. Braver McCollum/Mark McClosky
2:10—Josh Andrus/Moody Miller vs. David Mims/Kelly Mitchell
2:20—Jared Cross/Stephen Harvey vs. David Wallin/Don Beasley

Jun 1
Golf Briefs
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James Davis Jr. scored a double eagle from 200 yards out on No. 11 at Oak Grove Golf Club.
Davis used a 5-wood to accomplish the feat, which was witnessed by Chris Davis and Paul Kennedy.


Larry Birdwell scored a hole-in-one using a 4-iron to ace the 165-yard 14th hole at Oak Grove. Lee Walker, Mel Hamilton, Don Abbott and Gene Ellis witnessed the shot.


Ronny Looney, age 71, shot a round of 69 Saturday at Oak Grove. Bill Shope, Mike Beeson and Drew Selph were witnesses of the round.