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Brown, Kerns win tournament at Sugarwood

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LAVALETTE -- Tony Brown and Jeff Kerns capitalized on a fast start Sunday to win the Dave Boyer 2-Person Team Invitational at Sugarwood Golf Club.

Brown and Kerns started the day tied with Jamie Whitt and Jack Traylor for the lead. The Ironton residents shot 5 under on the front and closed with a 9-under-par 62 for a 129 and 3-shot win over Phillip Butcher and Doug Evanson.

"Other than the second hole, it was kind of stress free," said Kerns, who chipped in for birdie on the par-4 second hole. During the rest of the round the two kept putting approach shots close and sinking the putts.

The champs were 8 under through 12 holes, but had only one birdie over the last six.

"Start fast and hit a wall," Brown said. "We started fast both days."

Butcher and Evanson carded 63 for 132. They tied Jamie Bailes and Jason Hess for second-lowest score in the final round. Format was best ball on Saturday and scramble on Sunday.

Brown and Kerns had just one bogey in two days, which came on the par-5 18th on Saturday after a short rain delay.

"No bogeys and make enough birdies," said Kerns, whose son Nathan just wrapped up his collegiate career at Marshall. "Our putting was strong."

Three teams tied for third at 133. They were Bailes/Hess, Tim Mount/Bruce Wetherholt and Caleb Copley/Ryan Matney.

"I like this tournament," Brown said, referring to the format. "It's something different. You don't see tournaments like that."

Whitt and Traylor carded 68 for 135 and sixth place.

"We couldn't make any putts early," Whitt said.

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