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Barnes, Piper win Kelly Memorial

May 30, 1998

By LARRY YANOS

Daily Mail Sports Editor

Randy Barnes birdied the final three holes Friday afternoon at Black Rock Golf Course, helping him and teammate Tracy Piper win the Gross Division title of the Fifth Annual Herald-Mail Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship.

Barnes and Piper, both Beaver Creek Country Club members, combined for a 68 in the better ball of partners format, tying the teams of Dick Roulette and Harry Kendig (Fountain Head Country Club) and Don Bachtell and Jim Johnson Jr. (Fountain Head). But Barnes and Piper won the title on a match of cards.

Roulette and Kendig, looking for their third consecutive tournament victory, were the early clubhouse leaders, but Barnes and Piper made a determined run mid-afternoon, and Bachtell and Johnson followed suit minutes later.

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Barnes and Piper tied for second in last year's tournament but were not to be denied this time around.

"As we entered the closing holes, we knew the leader had four-under par, we knew what we had to do," Barnes said.

Barnes promptly sank birdie putts of five feet on No. 16, eight feet on No. 17 and 15 feet on No. 18 to help his team gain the victory.

"The greens were slower than normal today, but the course was in great shape," Barnes said. "The pin placements were fair and the weather was ideal, better than it has ever been for this tournament."

The team of Dr. Richard Behan and Mike McCormack (Fountain Head) almost made it a four-way tie for first place, but bogeyed No. 18 to finish with a 69.

"We wanted three (wins) in a row bad, but we didn't get the job done on the back nine," Kendig said. "We were four under on the front nine and even on the back."

The Roulette-Kendig team collected six birdies and two bogeys, while the Bachtell-Johnson team had four birdies and enjoyed pars the rest of the way.

"I think the course played a little shorter than usual," Johnson said. "It wasn't as windy as normal."

In other tournament action Friday, the team of Jack Brining (Fountain Head) and Carl Spessard (Black Rock) won the net division with a 58. They were followed by Matt Sullivan (Black Rock) and Chaz Himes (Sleepy Hollow Golf Course) and Jim Golden (Waynesboro Country Club) and Don Branch (Black Rock) at 60.

Dick Mercer (Beaver Creek) and Bill Shoemaker (Beaver Creek) won the senior division championship with a net score of 62.

Doug Moul (Fountain Head) and Brent Houck (Fountain Head) won the sponsors division championship with a net of 61.

The tournament, held in honor of former Daily Mail sports editor Dick Kelly, attracted 72 teams to the Washington County public course.

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