By Ed Greif
Chris Parker, Buddy Morgan, Jimmy Morgan and Matthew Rutledge fired a 25-under-par 119 to win the 31st annual John Beatty Memorial Tournament played Sept. 21-22 at the Dorchester Golf Club, where Beatty was the longtime greenskeeper before his passing in 1983.
Cecil Maness, Timmy Chance, Wade Freeman and Rick Chambers finished second with a 120, while Joe Maxwel, Larry Rhum, Mike Bird and Steve Covington finished third with a 121.
After a two-hour rain delay Saturday morning, three teams completed play tied for the first round lead at 12-under-par 60 — Tom Solberg, Terry Rhum, Dayton Parker and Ed Lancester; Chad Guffey, Bill Buttram, Rick Dockham and Chris Hardin; and Greg Stotts, Everett Cook, Robert Robinson and Alan Cook.
Maness' team was in fourth with a 61, while Chris Parker's team was tied for fifth with a 62. Maxwell's team was tied for seventh with a 63.
With the gorgeous weather on Sunday, Chris Parker's team shot a 15-under-par 57 to claim the first-flight victory, while Maness' team carded a 59 for second place. Maxwell's team won a scorecard playoff for third place over Stotts' team. Both teams finished at 121.
Billy Joe Walker, Randy Woody, Andy Bova and David Pletcher won the second flight with a 125, while Roy Morgan, David Clark, Ted Thomas and Jason Morgan were second at 126. Roy Soto, Bill Humble, Bill Brown and Nick Robbearts won a scorecard playoff for third place over George Whit, Art Todd, David Graham and Mike Carlon. Both finished with 127s.
Five teams tied for first place after round one at eight-under-par 64, with three teams at 65, two at 66 and one at 71.
Walker's team roared from the pack with an 11-under-61 Sunday for the victory, while Morgan's team shot a 62. Soto's team also had a 61, while White's team shot a 63.
119: Chris Parker, Buddy Morgan, Jimmy Morgan, Matthew Rutledge
120: Cecil Maness, Timmy Chance, Wade Freeman, Rick Chambers
121: Joe Maxwell, Larry Rhum, Mike Bird, Steve Covington
121: Greg Stotts, Everett Cook, Robert Robinson, Alan Cook
123: Chad Guffey, Bill Buttram, Rick Dockham, Chris Hardin
124: Paul Crowell, Michael Jones, Michael Wright, Don Lynn
126: Tom Solberg, Terry Rhum, Dayton Parker, Ed Lancester
126: David Potter, John Abbott, Virgil Ferguson, Mark Samples
125: Billy Joe Walker, Randy Woody, Andy Bova, David Pletcher
126: Roy Morgan, David Clark, Ted Thomas, Jason Morgan
127: Roy Soto, Bill Humble, Bill Brown, Nick Robbearts
127: George White, Art Todd, David Graham, Mike Carlon
128: Caleb Wilmore, Buster Boyers, Johnny Rhum, Jim Morgan Jr.
129: Ralph Morgan, Donnie Dixon, Charlie Jackson, Todd Parker
129: Sam Fleming, Jackie Hardin, Greg Hayes, Joe Morgan
130: Andy Findley, Ronald Bystol, Mike Popplewell, David Clouse
130: Mike Mountain, Freddie Morgan, Shawn O'Conner, David Rhum
133: Tony Cox, Kevin Covington, George Vaden, Harvey Wright
144: Randy Speich, Paul Beaty, Dock Beaty, Megan Burgess