Short game. Doc Crowley watches as his father putts on the number 7 green during the opening round of the Mike Fleming Memorial Saturday. The father and son duo won the tournament with a two-day, 23-under par total.
With the trophy. Jay Crowley won his fourth and Doc Crowley his third Mike Fleming Memorial, but their first together.
Jay Crowley had three Mike Fleming Memorial wins under his belt going into the 17th annual edition of the tournament this weekend. His son, Doc, had two of his own. On Father’s Day Sunday, they won one together.
Jay Crowley paired with Jacky Wall to win the tournament in 1999 and also teamed with Wall for wins in 2001 and in 2004. Doc Crowley and Jerry Hix took the title in 2006 and in 2012 stopped a streak of three in a row by Randall Wheat and Andy Perdue.
On Sunday the father and son team finished a two day tournament at 23 shots under par after a second round 10-under 62 to win by two strokes over Hix and Jonathan Spikes.
Needing a sub-60 round, only three of the 90 teams in the tournament were in the championship flight.
Crowley and Crowley and Hix and Spikes both had shot 59 in the opening round on Saturday. However, both teams entered Sunday a stroke behind Larry Patterson and Jason Smart who were after their second straight tournament win but followed up a 58 with a 67 to finish four shots back.
Jay Crowley said Saturday he was happy to be able to play with his son on Father’s Day weekend and on Sunday reportedly had tears in his eyes when the last putt fell on number 18.
The 121 two day total by Crowley and Crowley is the lowest score since the tournament record 119 set by Wheat and Perdue in 2011.
Kelly Carolan and Brady Dobbs, who played in the championship flight last year, won the first flight with a two day -15 total of 129 (64, 65). Placing second in the flight were Brad West and Noah Strom at 130 (65, 65). Third in the flight were Rick Wiser, Sr. and Mat Wiser at 131 (63, 68).
Traditionally held the second weekend in June each year, the tournament is organized by friends of the late Mike Fleming after he was killed in a head-on collision on Oct. 26, 1997. Fleming was a 1983 Booneville High School graduate.
Because the first full weekend in June was not until Father’s Day weekend, the tournament this year actually fell later than normal and caused some confusion, Robbie Fleming. Fleming, Mike Fleming’s brother, said many people who normally play had turned in vacation requests for the wrong week and others had family obligations scheduled thinking the tournament was the previous weekend.
A halfback/linebacker, Fleming scored 15 touchdowns during his senior season of 1982 to lead the Bearcats to the playoffs for the first time under Doug Scheel.
The playoff appearance both ended a three-year playoff drought and started a streak of seven straight appearances by Booneville.
In his only playoff game, Fleming ran for 169 yards in a losing effort (45-24) against Walnut Ridge. Included in that total is a 60-yard touchdown run.
In addition to the 1,172 yards Fleming rushed for during the 1982 season, he also recorded 150 tackles.
During his career, Fleming gained 1,613 yards and scored 26 touchdowns, five two-point conversions and kicked two extra points for 168 total points scored.
In a tightly grouped field of 89 teams there were seven additional flights, all of which — except for the final flight — were established with teams separated by no more than two strokes when play began for the final round Sunday.
Jim Hix and Rick Wiser, Jr. shot a 63-61, 124 (-20) to win the 10-team first flight, taking the flight in a tiebreaker over 2006 and 2012 champions Jerry Hix and Doc Crowley who also shot 63-61. Third in the first flight were three time champions (2009-2011) Randall Wheat and Andy Perdue at 63-63, 126 (-18).
Remaining flight placements were:
2nd flight (14 teams)
Perdue/Freeman 68-66, 134(-10)
Crisp/Richards 68-66, 134 (-10)
Brown/Reese 67-68, 135 (-9)
3rd flight (14 teams)
Mainer/Mainer 71-67, 138 (-6)
Schlinker/H. Whitehead 71-68, 139 (-5)
Limon/Emberton 70-71, 141 (-3)
4th flight (17 teams)
Helton/Tatum 73-68, 141 (-3)
Mikles/Petersen 73-71, 144 (E)
Dellinger/Matthrews 73-71, 144 (E)
5th flight (14 teams)
E. Gossett/Chambers 76-73, 149 (+5)
J. Gossett/K. Gossett 76-74, 150 (+6)
Bennett/Preston 76-75, 151 (+7)
6th flight (7 teams)
Adair/Henson 79-75, 154 (+10)
L. Whitehead/K. Whitehead 79-75, 154 (+10)
Krepps/Krepps 77-81, 158 (+14)
7th flight (11 teams)
Wilkins/Bulger 83-78, 161 (+17)
Houston/Bell 81-80, 161 (+17)
BJ Hix/C. Hix 81-81, 162 (+18)