Brame pulls away again, wins Kerr Lake Invitational
Steven Brame is just trying to play his game — a game that has recently been blowing away the field in area tournaments.
Brame followed his Henderson Invitational win earlier this month with a Kerr Lake Invitational title on Sunday, winning each tournament by 10 shots.
Brame shot a 69 Sunday to finish 4-under for the tourney and claim his second victory at the Kerr Lake Country Club event.
“It was a lot like Henderson,” said Brame, a 2001 Northern Vance graduate. “I went out and tried to put a solid round together and not make many mistakes.”
“Everybody else was struggling to make pars,” said Tommy Overcash, the tournament’s director, “and he was out there sticking his approach shots tight and making putts.”
Brame was tied with Daniel Faulkner for the lead entering day two at the Henderson Invitational and Faulkner and Delane Branch trailed Brame by a shot entering the final round of the Kerr Lake tourney.
Faulkner finished second Sunday at 6-over and Michael Reese and Troy Haynes tied at 11-over before Reese won a playoff to claim third.
David Parrott bested Dan Kearson by three shots to win the Senior Division with a two-day mark of 153 (75-78) and Bill Bullock took the Super Senior Division crown with a 160.
Brame said staying focused is the key when he’s trying to hang on to a lead.
“The easiest way for me to hold a lead is to just try not to pay attention to what the other guys are doing,” said Brame. “Play your game.”
Brame, the reigning N.C. Amateur champion, missed qualifying for the U.S. Open sectionals by three shots last week at Chapel Hill’s Governors Club.
Missing the cut opens Brame’s schedule to compete in the upcoming Kinderton Invitational in Clarksville, Va.
It is believed that no golfer has ever claimed a sweep of the Henderson Invitational, Kerr Lake Invitational and Kinderton.
Brame had a chance in 2012 after completing the Henderson double. His former Cape Fear Community College teammate, Faulkner, has previously had a shot too.
“It’s just something fun to try to do,” said Brame, comparing the feat to horse racing’s Triple Crown.
“Winning the Henderson Invitational is great,” said Overcash. “Then winning the Kerr Lake Invitational is rare. To get the trifecta at Kinderton for the three local invitationals within a six to eight week span is kind of the thing that you would love to do.”
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