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June 24, 2013

Louisiana golfer helps team to Monster Ball victory

GREENVILLE —   After missing the cut in an Oklahoma golf tournament on Thursday, Brian Rowell did not go home empty handed to Lafayette, La.

  Rowell stopped by the Monster Ball Craig Bowers Memorial Golf Tournament in Greenville on Saturday and Sunday, staying long enough to win the tournament and split the $1,500 first-place check with partner, Michael Meyer, his caddy on the Adams tour.

  Rowell and Meyer shot a 16-under 56 on Sunday at Oak Creek Country Club to go with a 10-under 60 on Saturday at Wright Park Municipal. Rowell and Meyer won the championship flight by four strokes with their total of 116, unseating last year’s champion Eric Kelly and his partner, Matt Neyra.

  “These people here were wonderful. Every person I met,” said Rowell, who is originally from Alvin, Texas, hometown of former major league pitcher Nolan Ryan.

  Rowell missed the cut at the OK Kids Korral Championship after shooting rounds of 66 and 77 at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman.

  Rowell qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open but did not make the cut at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

  Kelly and partner Matt Neyra finished second in the Bowers event. They led the first round with a 57 at Wright Park but dropped back to a 63 on Sunday at Oak Creek.

  Third place with a 123 total were two former Texas A&M University-Commerce golfers, Chase Johnson and Andy Carter.

  The husband and wife team of Brady and Kristen Jones claimed the first flight with a 65 and a 62 for a 127.

  Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame members Keith Bonham and Jerry Jolley won the second flight by five strokes with two 63s for a 126.

  Chip Driver and Tom Benton claimed the third flight at 132.

  Three father and son teams won the next three flights including Noble and Eric Ketchum in the fourth flight (128), Randy and Clayton Moore in the fifth flight (139) and Rick and Brad Espino in the sixth flight (139).

  Drew Holloway and Ray Martinez took the seventh flight at 153.

  The event is named for Craig “Monster” Bowers, an avid golfer, former basetball and basketball player, assistant basketball coach and an assistant principal at Royse City High School who died in a skiing accident last year.

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