Father and son team wins Bridges Memorial Tournament
From Staff Reports

June 9, 2006 - It took a two-hole playoff, but the father-son team of Kirk and Cort Walker emerged the winners of the inaugural L.F. Bridges Memorial Day Tournament played May 27-29 at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.

The two-person scramble included seven teams, though what the tourney lacked in size it compensated for with excitement.

After Day 1, the Walkers held a slim two-stroke lead, shooting a 9-under par 63, over the twin brother team of Stewart and Scott Murray, who shot a 7-under par 65. 

The teams improved their play on Sunday with the Walkers carding a 10-under par 62, but they lost ground to the Murrays, who shot a tournament low of 12-under par 60. That tied the two teams at identical 19-under totals of 125 after two rounds.

Monday's final round began with the teams exchanging birdies on the first and second holes, and both duos eventually finishing the front nine in identical 4-under par 32s. The teams traded birdies back and forth on the back nine until hole No. 16, where Cort Walker rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to take a one stroke lead with two holes to play.

Stewart Murray then nearly aced the difficult par-3 17th hole to even the stroke play event once again. Both teams pared the 18th hold to shoot 8-under par 64s and force a sudden death playoff on hold No. 1.

Both teams pared the first extra hole and headed back to the water-lined 18th. After the Murray twins both missed their birdie attempts, Kirk Walker rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt for the victory.

The tournament is named for longtime SSCC member and past Sulphur Springs State Bank president L.F. Bridges, who won 12 club championships spanning four decades, with the first coming in 1932 and the last in 1966.

His son, Alec Bridges, played in the Memorial Day tournament with his nephew, Brant Payne of Longview and his son, Williams Payne III.

Below are complete tournament results:

1. Cort Walker/Kirk Walker 63-62-64-189 (won on second playoff hole); 2. Scott Murray/Stewart Murray 65-60-64-189; 3. William Payne/Steve Murray 67-65-62-194; 4. Jones Roberts/Dan Humphrey 67-66-65-198; 5. Alec Bridges/Brant Payne 70-65-67-202; 6. Alex Harper/Michael Wright 67-70-70-207; 7. Tom Rost/Paul Chalupa 73-75-70-218.

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