The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 10, 2013

Patterson wins Briarbrook Invitational

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The first person to greet Chris Patterson with a big hug beside the 18th green was his grandmother, Audrey Ward.

“She was the one who started me playing golf when I was a little kid,” Patterson said. “I’m so happy that my grandma was here to see it and my mom. ... It was really special.”

Playing on the Briarbrook Golf Course where he grew up, Patterson posted a 2-over-par 74 Sunday afternoon and completed a wire-to-wire victory in the 45th annual Briarbrook Invitational.

Patterson, 7-under-par after shooting 68-69 in the first two rounds, finished at 5-under-par 211.

“It’s a big deal because my grandparents were charter members out here,” Patterson said. “Coming out here with them when I was a little kid and watching Terry Key and Danny Tourtelot win this tournament and growing up out here, it means a lot. This is the one tournament I’ve really wanted to win.”

Corey Clingan, moving into contention with a 67 on Saturday, closed with a 76 and placed second at 215.

Chad Lind also had a final-round 74 and moved up to third place at 217, one shot ahead of Dustin Edge and Andrew Maier, who shot 76 and 78, respectively.

There were five more flight winners in the 55-under age division — Andrew Watts in President’s Flight with 72-218, Chris Moudy in A Flight with 74-226, Travis Thompson in B Flight with 75-237, Scott Blackledge in C Flight with 80-251 and Tyler Morris in D Flight with 90-269.

The tournament had a Seniors Division (ages 56-65) for the first time.

Les Taylor overcame an eight-shot deficit in the final round to win Seniors Championship Flight with 74-220. Rick Utter captured A Flight with 80-238, and Mark Powers won B Flight with 83-258.

Jim Brown won the Super Seniors (ages 66-above) with 74-231.

Patterson owned a two-shot lead after 36 holes and never relinquished it. He led by four shots midway through the final round after a bogey on No. 6 and birdie on 7 during a front-nine 36. His lead was never smaller than three during the last nine holes.

“(Sunday) I wanted to just come out and try to play as smart of golf and I can play,” Patterson said. “Hit fairways, try to hit the greens, and if I make some putts, I make some putts.. But I just didn’t want to give anything away.”

Clingan made a late push, pulling within three shots after a two-putt birdie on 15 and par-3 on 16 as Patterson went par-bogey. On 17 Clingan hit his drive into the trees to the right of the fairway but bounced his second shot on the green about 30 feet left of the pin. However, he three-putted for bogey to fall four back.

“I knew at that point I needed to make birdies and I gave it a little extra, just trying to run one in,” Clingan said. “I ran it by too far and then missed the one coming back. At that point I knew Chris had it.”

“Corey had a rough stretch, and then he turned it on coming home,” Patterson said. “He played really good on the last five or six holes to put a little pressure on me.”

“I felt like I played all right the first and last day, but it was mainly highlighted by my second day,” Clingan said. “I had six birdies and everything was going right for me. Overall I felt like I played pretty good. I let a couple of putts slip away, but I enjoyed it.”

Clingan’s tournament schedule is off to a great start with this runner-up finish and a tie for second in last month’s Joplin Globe City Championship.

“Things seem to be falling my way,” Clingan said. “I feel like my putter has been good to me this season so far. Hopefully I can keep running them in.”

Lind shot 36-38 in his final round with four birdies and six bogeys.

“I hit the ball well, missed a lot of putts,” Lind said, reviewing his tournament. “(Sunday) I was really just trying to keep the ball in the fairway and try to make them count on the green. I still get crossed up with all train tracks and all the talk and jargon on that. I have a fun time trying to read them. I still get mixed up sometimes. I had a little trouble with the flatstick.”

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