Saturday’s rain didn’t last long and neither did the suspense for the tournament as Jason Works and his guest, Jake Jenkins, took a five-stroke lead on the first day and were never challenged in winning the fifth annual “The Jungle” at the Cynthiana Country Club.
The 19-below-par handicapped score was five better than the duos of Colin and Mike Duffie, Brad Marshall and Jim Shields, Kevin Letcher and Blake Bishop, and Frank and Joe Henson.
There were four other pairs six strokes back so the only real competition, barring a complete Works/Jenkins blow, up was for second place.
The first day of competition features a nine-hole, best-ball followed by nine holes of alternate shot play, which is the more challenging of the two.
Sunday’s play usually changes the leader board a great deal because the last nine holes has each player playing his own ball.
This will be quite challenging for the high handicap golfer in most cases if the handicaps are accurate.
Sunday has the teams with the poorest Saturday performance scheduled for morning play and the better Saturday performers in the afternoon so the championship can be decided late in the day so the contestants and the on lookers will be in attendance as the final putts fall.
On Sunday, the positions changed except for the leaders as Joseph Ammerman and Rus Whalen posted a score of 90, which was actually one better than the winners.
Eric and Danny Sanders and the duo of Shearl Moore and Ryan Hatfield posted 94’s for the third best scores on the Sunday afternoon format.
The final standings top 10 were Works/Jenkins, Ammerman/Whalen, Sanders/Sanders, Marshall/Shields, Moore/Hatfield, Duffie/Duffie, Nick Thornton/Mike Ravenscraft, and a three way tie at eighth between Lynn Northcutt/Foreed Kory, Ryan Howard/Troy Gray, and David McIlvain/Gary Taylor.
The Jungle Cup, which is presented to the Cynthiana Country Club member who has the lowest net score of the Sunday players, went to Shearl Moore with a net of 31. Moore, who has a 14 handicap, shot 38 on the back nine to net the 31 score.
Joseph Ammerman was among the three who were second with a net of 32 as he too shot 38 but his 12 handicap only subtracted six strokes from his score. Ryan Howard and John Hodge also had net 32.
The prizes were presented to Moore, Works and Jenkins by Jim Letcher’s widow Judy and his oldest son Tim and Tim’s son Russell.
The tournament was changed in 2009 from the Palmer-Hampton Member/Guest to The Jungle in Letcher’s memory. Palmer-Hampton Agency is the key sponsor of the tournament.