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Gross, Paul are HCCC Club champions

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By Greg Woods

The Henry County Country Club hosted its club championship Saturday and Sunday. Buddy Gross won the men’s championship flight with a 36-hole total of 143. Carolyn Paul won the women’s championship flight with a score of 170.

Sixty men competed in four flights during the two-day event. Gross shot 69 on the opening day to trail Vincent Vaughn by one stroke going into the second day. Gross came back on Sunday to shoot 74 while Vaughn shot 77 to get the comeback victory by two strokes. Jimmie Simpson was third after shooting 73-78-151.

In the women’s championship flight Paul shot 90 on the first day but improved by 10 strokes on Sunday to win by six strokes over Melanie Simpson who shot 89-87-176.

In the men’s first flight, Larry Staples shot 81-76- 157 to win. Steve Allen shot 80-78-158 to take second and Truman Staples came in third with a two-day total of 163.

In the second flight Greg Black shot 163 to win, while Levi Stephenson finished second with 166. Kerry Moore finished third with 168.

In the third flight Jim Mitchell took first place with 186, Tommy Paul was second with 198 and Dillon Allen took third with 201.

In the women’s first flight Bonnie Hocker was first with 194 and Sara Kingsolver was second with 201.

Club manager Nick Stivers was pleased with the turnout and the quality of golf. “We had 60 men, which is a pretty good number,” he said. “The first day the rains had softened the greens a little but on Sunday with the wind and the sun coming out the greens were a little firmer and we had a challenging but fair course setup since it was the club championship.

“Our crew did a heck of a good job with the course as usual. Superintendent Jamie Perry, Assistant Superintendent Ceil Clark and Danny Clark do a great job and deserve all the credit for the shape this course is in.”