Teeing Off

Jay Saunders tees off during the Panola 4-Ball Scramble Friday.

Dante Caldera and Kyle Wells and of Zachary overcame wet conditions to win the Panola Woods 4-Ball Golf Tournament this past weekend.

Wells and Caldera finished at 94, shooting a 65 on Sunday.

“We were seven-under after nine holes and eagled No. 10 when the bottom fell out on Saturday,” Wells said. “We were on fire. When we came back on Sunday the fairways were wet and the tee boxes were moist. You just had to adapt.”

Wells and Caldera won their first 4-ball in 2016 and finished second in 2017 and 2018, missing the tournament the last two years.

“I’ve got an 18-month old so my priorities changed,” Caldera said.

“We love the hospitality here,” Wells said. “We love the people and the hospitality. Panola Woods is one of the best nine-hole golf courses around.” 

Saturday’s play was cut to nine holes because of storms.

Wells and Caldera and Brad Jackson and Wendell Atkins, also from Zachary, were tied for first after Saturday’s play at 29.

“We missed a couple of five-footers or it could have been better,” Caldera said. “We always seem to play that course well. We both can get the ball pretty far, so that’s an advantage on the course. The greens are always perfect, but with the weather we didn’t have that luxury this year.”

The team of Jay Saunders and Trampus Butler and Rickye Salter from around St. Francisville and Peyton Underwood tied for second at 96.

Jackson and Atkins placed fourth at 97.

Finishing at 99 were the teams of Michael Carrol and Alex Malmay and Jordan Farmer and Jay Lesley.

Randy Bailey and Dusty Green fired a 100. The teams of Donnie Chatelain and Blaine Lindsly and Casey Ham and Tee Cotton came in at 102.

Bryan and Steve Nugent finished at 104.

Taking top honors in the first flight was the team of reigning Panola Woods club champion Cliff McGlothin and Jarrett Watson at 103.

Larry David and David Hutto were second at 104, while the teams of Richard Criswell and Dale Cagnolatti and Scott Southall and Jeff Calloway were third at 105.

Keith Dallalio and Jeremy Wood won the second flight at 100.

Gary Farmer and Mitch Ashmore were second at 109, while the teams of Rickey Campbell and Craig Berteau and Bubba Kaiser and Billy Ulmer and Jeff Anderson and Joe Willis tied for third at 110.

Jeff Russel and Mike McMullen won the third flight at 144.

Tying for top spot in the fourth flight at 155 were the teams of Ryan Crum and Noah Wilson and Mike and Chris O’Neal.

Mike and Lance Smith won the fifth flight at 153.

Closest to the hole winners included Alex Malmay on No. 3, just inches from a hole in one to win a vehicle. Brad Jackson was also closest on No. 3. Jeff Anderson and Ricky Salter were closest on No. 6.

The Panola 4-Ball Scramble on Friday was cancelled after rains forced golfers off the course.

The Panola Woods Senior 4-Ball will be held August 7.

  

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