Darnell wins Senior Championship in a playoff

Published 5:08 pm Monday, July 29, 2019

The first time he won the Warren County Senior Golf Championship, Jim Darnell had the round of his life. This time, he hung on for dear life.

Darnell lost a five-shot lead on the back nine as John Ferguson made a remarkable charge up the leaderboard Sunday, but he beat Ferguson in a one-hole playoff to win the tournament for the second time in four years.

Darnell also won the title in 2016, when he made five birdies in the first round for a lifetime best 73. In 2019, he overcame a two-shot deficit heading into the final round and won after Ferguson shot a 1-under par on the back nine to force the playoff on a wild day at Clear Creek Golf Course.

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Ferguson’s surge brought he and Darnell into a tie at 157 for the tournament. The two players went to the first hole for the playoff and Ferguson misfired on his tee shot. He left a long par putt just short as well and wound up with a bogey, while Darnell made par.

“This is as close to pro golf as I’m ever going to get,” Darnell said with a smile. “I watch a lot of pro golf and I think about what they do. This is my moment and I’m enjoying it.”

Dori Lagrone finished third in the Senior Championship with a 158. Joe Grayson, the first-round leader, shot 84 on Sunday and was fourth at 160. Bob Burr rounded out the championship flight at 164.

Warren County Senior Championship scores
Championship flight

x-Won in a one-hole playoff
x-Jim Darnell………78-79—157
John Ferguson………79-78—157
Dan Lagrone………..79-79—158
Joe Grayson………..76-84—160
Bob Burr…………..81-83—164
First flight
Hugh Hasty…………84-77—161
Rodney Lindsey……..84-80—164
Jerry McClendon…….85-85—170
Mike Renfroe……….86-89—175
Joe Tom……………91-88—179
Jimmy Mullen……….93-92—185
Steve Pranger………97-88—185

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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