EKU alumnus wins three in a row at Longs, S.C., track
Longs, S.C. – October 25, 2012 – Being from Kentucky, Jesse Massie has likely heard the axiom “Horses for Courses.” Evidently for Massie, Black Bear Golf Club is a perfect fit for his game – and he showed it again on Thursday.
Massie of Louisville, Ky., opened with a 6-under 66, held at least a share of the lead at the end of each round and earned his third straight victory at the Longs, S.C., course, located a few miles west of the Atlantic Ocean.
“I like this course because I grew up playing and practicing on a course just like this back in Kentucky,” said Massie, who earned $5,000 for the victory.
Patrick Wilkinson, the Head Pro at Black Bear and Kentucky native, thinks otherwise.
“Being from Kentucky myself,” said Wilkinson, “I believe that I’m his good luck charm.”
Massie didn’t dispute the claim, saying, “It sure does feel like home.”
Despite the friendly surroundings, Massie didn’t have a cakewalk in the final round as former University of Alabama golfer Chip Deason, who started the final round tied for the lead, made things interesting with three birdies in his first six holes move out front.
“I knew I needed to stay up with Chip, or he might just run away,” said Massie.
Massie battled back with a pair of late birdies on the final two holes of the front nine to even the match and made another birdie on No. 11 while Deason carded a bogey, giving him a two-stroke lead. However, the two-stroke margin was short-lived.
Deason birdied the 16th to hole to pull within one shot and, after both made pars on No. 17, the duo went to the final hole of regulation separated by one shot. Both golfers found the green in two, but Massie delivered the knockout blow with his final birdie of the event.
“It was a great week,” said Massie, who finished with rounds of 66-66-68 for a 16-under 200 total. “I hit 48 greens in regulation, made the putts I should have and I didn’t drive it bad, either. I would like to thank my parents and family for their love and support. I would also like to thank Patrick and the folks here at Black Bear for their gracious hospitality – the Kentucky way.”
Deason of Lexington carded rounds of 67-65-70 for a 14-under 202 total en route to a solo second finish. Deason, who has wins on both the NGA Pro Series and Carolina Series, earned $2,275.
T.J. Howe (Osceloa, Pa.) finished third at 13-under par, Jordan Walor (Wake Forest, N.C.) finished fourth at 12-under par and Jurrian Van Der Vaart (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) finished fifth at 5-under par.
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