Ballard, Meland take Peach Tree titles

Published on Sunday, 9 July 2017 23:21 - Written by PHIL HICKS,


For the fifth time, Robin Ballard is the club champion at Peach Tree Golf Club.

Ballard, the Whitehouse High School golf coach, captured the men’s title, while Pat Meland won the Ladies Club championship.

Rain in the Bullard-area shortened the tournament to 27 holes in the men’s flights, club pro Darrell Chase said. The women played 36 holes.

The first round of The Club Championship of Peach Tree Golf Club was played on the Peach Tree course on Saturday. However, the second round on the Oak Hurst course was called after nine holes due to the inclement weather.

Ballard, a former Stephen F. Austin State University golfer who is from Quitman, opened the defense of his title with a 66 on Saturday. He followed that with a 36 on Sunday for a total of 102. Kerry Baham was runner-up in the championship flight with a 109 (75-34), while Bart Young (81-44) and Woody Johnston (83-41) tied for third at 125.

Meland won the Ladies title in a sudden death playoff with Tina Rounds. Both women carded totals of 176. Meland had rounds of 84 and 92, while Rounds scored 81 and 95.

Sandra Woods claimed the net championship with a 127 (59-68).

In the First Flight, Craig Myers won the title with a 110 (72-38), three strokes ahead of Marc Ritthaler (75-38-113) and four strokes ahead of Randy Harden (71-43-114). Ritthaler won the net crown with a 98 (66-32).

James McPherson claimed the Second Flight with a 122 (81-41-122). Jim Vershaw was runner-up at 126 (86-40) with David McPherson third at 128 (78-50). David McPherson took net honors with a 105 (64-41).