After a tournament-low round of 67, Tom Jones and David Brown of Terre Haute captured the IGA Senior Team Championship, their first IGA win. Jones won the PGA Senior Open in 2006, but this is Brown’s first championship. “It’s just really fun!” Brown said. Jones added, “We have played a long time together and always wanted an IGA event.”
The championship was a two-man team 36-hole, best ball format for amateurs over age 55. After the first round, Brown and Jones stood tied in fourth place and two strokes off the leaders and defending champions Tom Perry and Gus Spicuzza of Indianapolis. The second round they made their move by sticking approach shots close to the pin, leaving short putts for birdie. “The difference between the second day and the first was that we could attack the pins today and be aggressive. Yesterday we played defensively,” explained Jones.
Their first recorded birdie of the day happened at hole 4 when Jones stuck his approach to within three feet of the hole. Not to be outdone, his partner chipped in to make the birdie first. A long rain delay occurred after which took them out of their rhythm, and when they returned to the course each player three-putted for a bogey. But they quickly recovered by the sixth hole with another birdie. It was all pars and birdies the rest of the day.
Bill Barnes and Jerry McMullen of Carmel, and Jerry Crouch and Greg McCall of Indianapolis remained tied in the runner-up position at 71-70=141.