Faulkner edges Brame in playoff to win Henderson Invitational

May. 06, 2013 @ 08:26 PM

Midway through his second round Sunday, Daniel Faulkner just wanted to get back to the clubhouse. He hoped he still had a chance.

The leader at the Henderson Country Club Invitational after the first round of 18 shot a triple bogey on the 18th hole, giving him a 42 after nine holes of play.

Defending champion Steven Brame, playing in the second-to-last group, surged to the top of the leaderboard from five shots back. Faulkner missed a birdie putt for the win on the ninth and final hole, but saved par with an 8-foot putt to clinch a playoff with he and Brame locked on two over par.

Faulkner shook his short game troubles on the playoff’s first hole and Brame missed from about 8 feet, giving Faulkner his third Invitational title.

“I just didn’t want to putt like I had been all day, scared,” Faulkner said of his final shot. “Luckily it went it. If it didn’t go in, I probably would have made a bogey and lost. It was just meant to be I guess.”

Faulkner and Brame, Henderson natives, were teammates at Cape Fear Community College.

“Just like being out in college again,” said Brame. “We’d go out in practice when we were there and play against each other a lot. It was fun. He’s a great golfer. I’m glad he won. I’m happy for him. Just as well him as me.”

“It brought up old times, playing for school and stuff,” added Faulkner. “I didn’t really care who won. I just wanted to do better than I’ve been doing all day. The timing was right I guess.”

Faulkner held a one-shot lead on Michael Brewer entering Sunday after firing a three-under 69 on the first day.

“I felt pretty good about how I was going to hit it,” said Faulkner. “It was just my short game.”

Brame had his own struggles to start Sunday, making bogeys on two of his first four holes before getting back even through 10. Brame didn’t know where he stood until he got set to tee off on his final hole. Then he saw Faulkner overshoot the green on the eighth hole and knew he was back in it.

“What a great finish,” said golf shop manager Ken Young. “That was really nice to have a playoff hole with two of our local guys who everybody knows. That was really a good finish. The people that came from outside the area really seemed to enjoy the event too.”

“The biggest problem was the weather,” added Young. “It was more like March than May. But everybody seemed to deal with it.”

Brewer missed the playoff by a shot to take third followed by Kevin Lassiter at six over and Jay Mills at seven over.

Warren Henderson claimed the senior title with a two-day total of 171 followed by Joe Allen’s 172 and Eddie Martinez’s 175.

Henderson Invitational Top 10
1. Daniel Faulkner 69, 77 (146) *
2. Steven Brame 74, 72 (146)
3. Michael Brewer 70, 77 (147)
4. Kevin Lassiter 75, 75 (150)
5. Jay Mills 73, 78 (151)
6. Steve Bigham 75, 81 (156)
T7. Robert Dean 81, 76 (157)
T7. Troy Haynes 79, 78 (157)
T7. Chad Webb 73, 84 (157)
10. Kevin Coggins 76, 82 (158)
*Won playoff

Flight winners
First Flight: Robert Dean 81, 76 (157)
Second Flight: Doug Nelms 85, 82 (167)
Third Flight: Eddie Dalton 92, 81 (173)
Fourth Flight: Bennie Gibson 95, 94 (189)

Senior tournament Top 5
1. Warren Henderson 85, 86 (171)
2. Joe Allen 87, 85 (172)
3. Eddie Martinez 85, 90 (175)
4. Jerry Tucker 84, 92 (176)
5. Tom Jenkins 87, 90 (177)

Senior Second Flight winner: Tony Archer 99, 84 (183)

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