By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Scotty Patterson finally won the Butch Lambert Memorial Invitational golf tournament, but not without some suspense.
Patterson, a 29-year-old Pontotoc golfer who came up short the last two Butch Lamberts, walked off the 18th green Sunday at the Natchez Trace Golf Club thinking he was the winner.
However, he signed an incorrect scorecard – he gave himself a double bogey 5 on No. 17 when he actually recorded a bogey 4. He wasn’t disqualified because he had signed for a higher score.
Instead, Patterson was forced to participate in a four-man, sudden-death playoff against three-time Lambert champion, Tupelo’s Mark Enis, Saltillo’s Corbin May and Oxford’s Cameron Thomas.
Patterson won on the second playoff hole with a 4-foot putt for par against May. Enis and Thomas were eliminated when they bogeyed the first playoff hole.
“I guess simple math is not so simple,” a relieved Patterson said. “Here I am thinking I’ve won it, them I’m in a playoff.
“I had to get my mind clear to play.”
back to earth
Patterson shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the lead in Saturday’s first round. He shot a 77 on Sunday and finished with a 2-over-par 146 in regulation.
He and May tapped in short birdie putts on the first playoff. Patterson’s second shot on the par 4 second playoff hole landed on the green’s fringe.
“I wanted something to make for par,” he said. “I left it low below the hole. The greens were extremely fast, and I didn’t want to leave above the hole.”
Patterson two-putted for par while May, the state community college 2013 medalist for Copiah-Lincoln, missed a slight downhill par attempt from 7 feet.
“I had struggled hitting lately, but I was hitting better today,” May said. “I didn’t make any putts. The greens were rolling really fast.
“You know it’s tough scoring when a 2-over wins the Butch Lambert.”
Patterson, who lost on the first hole of sudden-death to Ricky Riley last year, said he felt a great sense of relief to finally win.
“I was more nervous in the playoff than I’ve ever been,” he said.
Pontotoc golfer Greg Warren recorded a hole-in-one Sunday on the 175-yard par 3, No. 13 hole. He used a 7-iron.