NGAWire® | 1Mar07
This past weekend Chris Lemmon cruised to victory in the 2007 Claret Jug Invitational. Lemmon score of 287 beat 2nd place contestant Karl Nagy by a whopping 39 points.
Lemmon, who posted rounds of 83, 82, 80 and 89, struggled with his tee ball the entire tournament. His putter was also bulky at times with 9 three-putts, but his 10 birdies offset those mistakes. Lemmon, an ex-Big Ten standout, was able to grind out holes and avoid mental mistakes; something his competition was not able.
Nagy was saddled with feeble tee ball and an unwieldy putter the entire CJI. His opening rounds of 89, 85 and 92 placed him in third place, one shot back of second. However, not one to throw in the towel, his final round gut check of 95 secured him the runner-up spot. Nagy’s best day putting came courtesy of his trusty SW.
The third contestant was Ron Clifton. He posted rounds of 94, 97 and 111 before opting for fun golf from the white tees the final round, therefore DQ’ing himself from the CJI. Clifton’s game lacked practice and stability. His performance on the greens was commendable, but he was in no form for competitive golf.
All players enjoyed much beer and a good time.
NOTE – The NGA has confirmed that its first venture into publication will occur this fall with the release “30 Days to a Putter Free Bag”. Look for it in bookstores and news stands beginning in September.