Maxwell wins Smith Memorial in playoff|[6/13/05]

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 13, 2005

Feeling pumped after draining a 10-foot putt to force another playoff hole, Frank Maxwell parred Clear Creek’s No. 2 par-3 to win the third annual Teddy Smith Memorial Golf Tournament Sunday.

Maxwell, from Delhi, La., used a 10-foot birdie putt at the 18th to join Vicksburg’s Bill Hassell in a two-way playoff.

On the first playoff hole at No. 1, Hassell appeared in charge after Maxwell pushed his third shot chip past the hole. Hassell had a 12-footer for a par to win the tournament but came up just short.

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“I left it in the jaws,” Hassell said of his two-putt at No. 1. Maxwell still had to sink a 10-footer just to send the playoff to a second hole. The putt appeared on its way toward lipping out but stayed in.

“That was luck,” Maxwell said of his save. “I had a lot of luck out there today.”

On the second hole, Maxwell’s tee shot reached the green to within 18 feet of the pin. Hassell’s tee shot went right and he had to chip on his second shot. He two-putted for a bogey. Maxwell also two-putted, but the second was a short, par putt to claim the Smith title.

Maxwell entered Sunday’s final round at Clear Creek in fourth place. He shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday at the Vicksburg Country Club.

Sunday’s round saw him make four birdies and three bogeys to end with a 1-under 71 and a two-round score of 141.

“It was a scramble. From No. 7 on, especially 7 through 13. But I hit it pretty good today,” said Maxwell who won a tournament in Monroe last month.

Hassell, who entered the final round in the fifth spot after a 71 at the VCC, shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday. He birded both 17 and 18 to tie Maxwell at 141.

“I was very happy with those two birdies,” he said. “This course is all about power while the Country Club is more finess.”

First round leader Barry Hassell had a tough day as did Tournament Director Paul Loyacono. Hassell shot a 79 on Sunday to end at 146 and place tied for fifth.

Loyacono had an 80 which came about after his second shot at No. 10 fell into a tree.

“I was in the lead until that point,” Loyacono said. “It was 8-feet up in the air and I took a swing at it and wiffed it. I hit out on the second try.”

Loyacono finished eighth in the championship flight at 148.

Bill Grey finished alone in third at 144. Todd Boolos was fifth at 145 followed by Barry Hassell and defending champ Dale Cagnolatti at 146.

Gerald Tonore won the first flight after matching the round of the day with a 2-under 70 for a 143 score.