Conkle wins second MCC Open title
by Galen Shelton
Jul 30, 2014 | 1541 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
J.R. Conkle came out smokin’ on Saturday in the first round of the Metropolis Country Club (MCC) Open Invitational, firing a five under par 66 and backed up only slightly on Sunday to hold off the field for a relatively easy five stroke win over Andrew Walker at 136-141.

With temperatures in the 90s, our normal July humidity and a 10 to 15 mph breeze blowing steadily, conditions were less than optimal for scoring, and it was reflected on the leaderboard.

Only three players — Conkle, Walker and Blaze Ellis — were able to get into the red numbers for the two-day event.

Conkle, a prodigiously long hitter, carded a 66 on Saturday and managed to get into the red with a one under par 70 on Sunday. Conkle, no newcomer to the pressure of Sunday play having done battle with Mason Jacobs, Lucas Cromeenes and David Glass over the past few years, refused to wilt as the afternoon wore on, and his closest challengers all stumbled.

Play was flighted after Saturday’s scoring was posted and prizes were awarded in four flights. Winners were:

• Championship flight — first place: J.R. Conkle, 136; second place: Andrew Walker, 141; third place: Seth Arthur, 144; fourth place, Brock Burnham, 145; and fifth place, Brandon Thompson, 147.

• First flight — first place: Blaze Ellis, 141; second place tie: Mitchell Stegman and Quincy Glass, 147; third place: David Glass, 148; fourth place, tie: Steve Korte, Jerry Throgmorton and Brad Vandermeulen, 149.

• Second flight — first place: Kyler Owens, 152; second place: J.P. Huckleberry, 154; third place: Jason Helm, 156; fourth place: Larry Sparks, 159; and fifth place (tie): Randy Eskridge and Greg Graves, 161.

• Third flight — first place (tie): Carl Stewart and Drake Stepter, 161; third place: Mark Hunter, 162; fourth place: Doug Shockley, 164; and fifth place: Craig Flannery, 167.
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