Rick Harp knew just what to do when he lost the lead on No. 16 in the Frankfort Country Club men’s club championship Sunday.
He birdied the last two holes to win the tournament by two shots over Brian James.
Harp won with a two-day total of 144, including a two-under par 70 Sunday. James was also under par Sunday with a 71, and he finished with a score of 146. Nick Rodgers finished another three shots back at 149.
Beth Curlin captured the ladies’ club championship with a score of 157.
“It was close all the way around,” Harp said. “A couple of us got off to quick starts today. Brian chipped in on 1, and I hit it within six inches on 1. We both made birdies.”
Harp added another birdie on the third hole to go two-under for the day but ran into trouble on No. 4.
“I hit the ball six feet on 4,” he said. “I wasn’t paying any attention, I was taking a practice swing, and I hit the ball with the toe of my club, and it rolled about a foot.”
That resulted in a penalty stroke, and he took a five on the fourth hole.
Harp also ran into trouble on No. 15 when a good shot went bad.
He put a shot within two feet of the pin, just where he wanted it to be but the ball didn’t stay put.
“I’m thinking I have a two-foot, a foot and a half putt,” Harp said, “and then it starts coming back to me and rolls all the way off the green.
“I think I lost a little focus on 16. I was still upset about 15 and I three-putted. That’s when Brian took the lead. He makes four when he’s hitting his second shot from the side of the road. I’m 94 yards out in the fairway and took a 5.”
But Harp quickly gathered himself after that to birdie the last two holes.
“On 17 I made a really good birdie,” he said. “On the last hole I felt like he had a good chance to make birdie, and I felt like I had to go for a birdie.”
Harp’s second shot on 18 landed in the bunker, but he hit out of the sand near the pin and made his birdie putt.
“I didn’t hit the ball well yesterday, but today I hit the ball much better,” Harp said. “Nick played well and hit the ball well today. I’ve played with Brian several times and he’s just a grinder. He plays within his own game.
“I’ve played him in match play and seen him chip in, so it didn’t surprise me to see him chip in twice today.”
Besides No. 1, James also holed a chip shot on No. 14.
On the women’s side, Curlin improved her score by seven shots Sunday.
Her 82 Saturday put her three shots ahead of Jean Vickers, and Curlin followed with a 75 Sunday. Vickers was second with a score of 175.
Credit a good night’s sieep for the improvement.
“I teed off at 8 a.m. in the morning,” Curlin said about Saturday. “I guess I stayed up too late the night before. I was barely awake. I was hitting range balls at 7:15.
“The front side was bad,” she said about Saturday’s round, “but the back was OK. We went to bed early last night.”
Curlin said she’s played a lot of golf this summer but had to sit out for six weeks after breaking a bone in her foot.
The champions, along with the top two gross scores and the top two net scores in each flight are listed below.
Men’s champion – Rick Harp 144 (74-70).
Gross – 1. Brian James 146 (75-71), 2. Jason Harrod 154 (75-79).
Net – 1. Nick Rodgers 139 (70-69), 2. Donnie Wainscott 154 (77-74).
Gross – 1. Mark Drury 157 (79-78), 2. Jim Simpson 161 (82-79).
Net – 1. Patrick Pewitt 145 (75-70), 2. Mark Morris 146 (76-70).
Gross – 1. Gene Strong 158 (82-76), 2. Charles Harman 170 (87-83).
Net – 1. James Wilson 141 (74-67), 2. Ron Durham 144 (75-69).
Gross – 1. Tag Hughes 177 (87-90), 2. Ken Sudduth 181 (95-86).
Net – 1. Bob Boden 144 (73-71), 2. Bart Hardin 147 (73-74).
Champion – Beth Curlin 157 (82-75).
Gross – 1. Jean Vickers 175 (85-90), 2. Marcie Furnish 181 (87-94).
Net – 1. Lori Woodside 137 (62-75), 2. Marie Grasch 143 (74-69).