The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 12, 2012

Taylor leads start-to-finish to win senior title

Les Taylor didn’t repeat last weekend’s birdie barrage.

In fact, he did not have a single birdie in the final round.

But Taylor completed a wire-to-wire performance at the top and became the second winner in the senior division of the Joplin Globe Men’s City Championship.

Taylor, after two 69s last weekend at Briarbrook and Schifferdecker, shot a 3-over-par 75 in Saturday’s final round at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club for a 213 total and a six-shot margin of victory.

“I was hoping to make one birdie today,” said Taylor, who plays with TaylorMade clubs. “I had a couple of chances but couldn’t get it in the hole. But other than that, I was satisfied with the way I played.”

Bob McKay also shot 75 and finished second with 219, and Jim Weaver and Dan Tourtelot were next at 220 and 221, respectively, after matching par-72.

“Jim Weaver played good,” Taylor said. “Bob McKay played good ... he had a couple of mistakes. The golf course was in good shape. I had a good time with it and enjoyed the company.”

Briarbrook ran away with team honors with a 54-hole total of 1,104. Twin Hills edged Joplin Golf Club 1,136-1,139 for runner-up honors.

Taylor grabbed the tournament lead on the first nine holes when he made five birdies in a six-hole stretch at Briarbook, his home course. He led by two shots after 18 holes and brought a six-shot lead into the final round.

“It’s a whole different animal playing with the lead than coming from behind,” Taylor said. “I’ve won before, but still yet ... and having a six-shot lead, how do you not think about that. But I thought just go out there and try to relax, and there weren’t very many holes I was relaxed on. I was trying to play hard.”

With the big lead, Taylor said he may have played a little more cautiously than usual.

“I started steering the ball a little bit.” he said. “There was no freewheeling. I freewheel it some.

“The game of golf, nobody’s going to beat it. You’re never going to beat it. It’s a mind game, and it’s your nerves, and you do the best you can with it. I felt good about the way I scored, coming in without a birdie. I had a couple of little mistakes, but other than that, I played good golf.”

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