Luter wins Golfweek Amateur Tour event


The scores were high during the Team Worldwide Open Saturday at Harbor Oaks.

That suited Pine Bluff resident Robert Luter just fine as he won the B-Flight of the Golfweek Amateur Tour event.

Luter, who said he usually plays at the Pine Bluff Country Club, shot an eight-over-par 80 to win the flight by three strokes over Jon Nutt.

“I played as good as I normally play,” Luter said.

According to Luter, Saturday’s tournament was his fourth win of the year on the tour, which was established in 1995 but is entering just its second year of existence in Arkansas.

“This is probably the second best I’ve played in the 11 tournaments,” Luter said. “This is my fourth win, but this is probably the best I’ve played.

“Except for maybe Glenwood (Country Club).”

Luter said he had a one shot lead over Nutt heading to No. 18.

“Going into it with a lead, I played it safe on 18,” Luter said. “After Jon Nutt put two in the water, I really started playing it safe.”

Luter wasn’t the only player fighting to hold onto a lead on the final hole. In the A-Flight, 16-year-old Chandler Cain, a junior and member of the Hot Springs Lakeside golf team, led by three strokes heading into the par-five No. 18.

Cain triple-bogeyed the hole, while the only other A-Flight competitor Jerry Homishak parred the hole to send the pair to a playoff after both finished 18 holes with eight-over-par 80s.

Cain was able to recover and par the first playoff hole. Homishak, the Arkansas tour’s director, bogeyed the hole to give Cain the win.

According to the website for the Arkansas chapter of the Golfweek tour, the win netted Cain free entry into the tour’s next event Sept. 7 at Maumelle Country Club.

“I hit a pretty decent drive,” Cain said. “My second shot was from the rough and I was just trying to get it up on the green.

“I just wanted to give myself a chance to make par.”

Cain’s win made it a family sweep as his father Brad won the C-Flight.

Brad Cain, of Hot Springs Village, shot a six-over-par 86 to win the flight by 10 strokes over Jason Stallmann.

Stallmann, though, had the shot of the day on the par-three 168-yard 17th hole.

The Hot Springs resident used a 7-iron to ace the hole in just his second time playing the course.

Stallmann, 39, said it was his second career hole-in-one with the first coming at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle.

Stallmann’s couldn’t explain how he hit the ace, but had plenty to say about the rest of his round.

“I played absolutely horrible,” Stallmann said. “The trees are probably the toughest thing, but the course isn’t bad at all.

“I just sucked bad.”

In the tournament’s other flights, Doug Golden won the Championship Flight with the day’s lowest score at five-over-par 77, while Mike Shaw, of Bryant, won the D-Flight by eight strokes with an 84.

McNulty loses in match-play first round

SHERWOOD — Wes McNulty fell in the first round of the Arkansas State Golf Association Match-Play Championship Friday at The Greens at North Hills.

The White Hall resident lost 2 and 1 to Matt Feimster in the Amateur bracket of the championship.

Drew Greenwood and Stan Lee will play for the bracket’s championship on Sunday.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Greenwood beat David Dyer 1-up and Lee beat Kevin Walker 4 and 3.

The championship’s other three brackets finished up Saturday.

Tracy Harris beat Frank Martin 2 and 1 to win the Mid-Senior bracket, Ben Hargraves beat Bobby Baker 5 and 4 to win the Senior bracket, and Oscar Taylor beat Charly Jones 3 and 2 to win the Super-Senior bracket.

Team Worldwide Open at Harbor Oaks

Final results • par 72

Championship Flight

1. Doug Golden, 77

2. Chris Huff, 82

3. Jason Lyons, 93

Carson Fields, WD

A-Flight

tie-1. Chandler Cain, 80 (won on first playoff hole)

tie-1. Jerry Homishak, 80

B-Flight

1. Robert Luter, 80

2. Jon Nutt, 83

3. Rick Kidder, 85

4. Keith Greenfield, 88

5. Glenn Barber, 93

6. Chad Branyan, 100

C-Flight

1. Brad Cain, 86

2. Jason Stallmann, 96

3. Vic Werner, 102

D-Flight

1. Mike Shaw, 84

tie-2. Herman Homishak, 92

tie-2. Rusty McFarren, 92

4. William Davis, 97

5. Don Jones, 102

David Joyce, WD