THE LOOK: Melbourne's Spencer Caraway watches his tee shot off hole 18 in the state tournament Oct. 6.
There was plenty of drama even after the final scorecard was turned in at the Class 2A State Golf Tournament Oct. 6 at The Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.
After 18 holes of play, Salem's J.W. Blevins and Walnut Ridge's John-Scott Kelley were tied for third place in the individually, each shooting a 77 in the competition.
And with the top three players in the tournament advancing to the State Overall Golf Tournament Oct. 16 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, a playoff was held between Blevins and Kelley.
EIGHTEEN NOT ENOUGH: Salem's J.W. Blevins (left) and Walnut Ridge's John-Scott Kelley (right) watch as Salem Head Coach and State Tournament Director Larry Brown flips a coin to determine who will tee off first in the playoff for third place overall. Photos/Mullins
Kelley's shot off the tee on number one hooked a bit left, resting not too far from the shore of Lodge Lake.
But Kelley managed to overcome this and edge Blevins on the playoff hole to earn an invite to the State Overall Golf Tournament.
Although Blevins was certainly disappointed, he still helped his Salem Greyhounds finish third in the team standings with a 263.
GREAT YEAR: Salem's J.W. Blevins wrapped up his senior year by finishing in a tie for third place overall in the state tournament.
Conway St. Joseph came in first with a blistering 222, followed by Lead Hill (260), Salem (263), Walnut Ridge (264) and Melbourne (265).
Conway St. Joseph had the top two individual finishers in medalist Austin Moix, who carded a 68, and Matt Dall, who ended the day with a 76.
After Blevins' tie for third, Shane Smith shot an 86 for Salem, good for a tie for 14th individually, while Matt Twilley carded a 100 (tie for 47th) and Jon Goodson finished with a 107 (tie for 56th).
CLEAN HIT: The Melbourne Bearkatz came in fifth in the Class 2A State Tournament.
The Melbourne Bearkatz were paced by Sam Cooper's 81, giving him the eighth spot overall. Lee Lewis tied with Izard County's Preston Harmon (each shot an 87) for 17th place, while Spencer Caraway finished with a 97, good for a tie for 38th place, and Keifer Smith a 101 (50th place).
Blevins and Cooper earned All-State honors in the tournament.
TOP 10: Melbourne's Sam Cooper finished eighth overall with an 81 in state tournament play.
NICE DAY: Shane Smith and the Salem Greyhounds came in third in the Class 2A State Golf Tournament Oct. 6 at Turkey Mountain.