MARION - It just wasn't meant to be as the second day of the SIGA's Tony Steven's Cup sponsored by First Southern Bank at Kokopelli Golf Club started late and was called after just 11 holes. That meant the first day's leaders, Green Hills Golf Club and Benton Country Club, won their third straight titles Sunday.
"This morning was fantastic, but it went downhill as we got closer to 1 o'clock and we had to hold until 2:50," said SIGA Director Stewart Gilmore. "We tried to get 18 holes in, but around 5, a line of showers with red in it were coming and we had to blow the horn to call them all in. We had to wash out today's round. They haven't all played the same holes, so it wouldn't be fair."
Coming into today's round, the Green Hills crew from Mount Vernon and the Red Hawk Golf Course contingent from Pinckneyville were separated by only one stroke in the 18-hole division, and Benton Country Club led Shawnee Hills Country Club from Harrisburg by three strokes in the 9-hole division.
"It's a bittersweet deal," said Brandon Bullard from Green Hills. "We played good yesterday and supposedly earned it, but we were getting beat today and were probably in third place to be honest with you. But we couldn't finish the round and the trophy stays at Green Hills and that's good."
With seven holes remaining, Red Hawk's No. 1 twosome of Barry Craig and Greg Wilson were sitting at one-over after shooting the low round of the first day 62 Saturday.
Red Hawks' No. 2 team of Larry Sims and Jordan Campanella, who had shot a disappointing 68 the first day, was rebounding with a three-under score to give Red Hawk a good chance of knocking off Green Hills.
"We made three birdies and all pars," Sims said. "The only hole I bogeyed Greg pared, so we were a good team. There were some incredible shots out there today. I knocked it in from 150 and my insides haven't stopped since. This was my best round and I, myself, was 2-under par. I really wanted to play the round out and break par, but that's the way it goes."