Tom Owens and Jim Moser have been members of the Harbor Oaks Golf Club for years.
On Sunday, they teamed up to win the Championship Flight in the course’s 17th annual Four-Ball tournament with a combined two-day score of 134, to edge Chad Graves and Chris Dixon by two strokes.
Other flight winners were Steve Coleman and Jay McAfee (First Flight), Tony Capshaw and Ricky Riggins (Second), Darryl Johnson and Ed Wilkerson (Third), Chris Yaney and Steven Sizemore (Fourth), Travis Morrissey and Jimmy Crain (Fifth), Charles Anderson and Jeff Anderson (Sixth), and Max Fleming and Jim McFall (Seventh).
Owens and Moser shot a five-under par 67, on both days of the tournament, a score only bested by Graves and Dixon, who shot a 66, on Sunday to go with a 70, on Saturday.
Moser, 53, of Pine Bluff acted as though he was the quieter member of the duo and deflected all questions to Owens, whom he called the “official team spokesman.”
Owens, 46, of White Hall said the biggest key to maintaining Saturday’s success was a quick start.
“We started out really well,” Owens said. “We almost birdied one, and then I eagled No. 2.
“(The eagle) really jump started us and we finished at four-under (par) on the front nine.”
Owens was not shy about admitting that being members of the course helped the duo throughout the weekend.
“We play here a couple of times a week,” he said. “Yeah, I think course knowledge definitely helps.”
Coming into the weekend Owens thought his biggest weakness would be his putting. About two weeks ago, Owens switched from using a long putter, which he anchored by having the end against his chest, to a shorter, standard size one.
“Well, you know, the USGA outlawed anchoring of long putters so I switched to a short putter,” he said. “I, probably, hadn’t used a short putter in six years.
“I was at least able to practice with it twice before this tournament.”
Even with the new putter, Owens was pleased with his putting and the greens had a lot to do with it.
“These greens are in perfect condition,” Owens said. “You have to give credit to Rick Hale he’s the head groundskeeper here.
“I mean, these greens are just immaculate.”
Harbor Oaks 17th Annual Four Ball Tournament (final results)
Championship Flight (top five)
1. Tom Owens and Jim Moser, 67-67 — 134
2. Chad Graves and Chris Dixon, 70-66 — 136
3. Scott Smith and Bud Caughman, 70-68 — 138
4. Neil Gordon and Steve Irwin, 68-73 — 141
tie-5. Joe Coles and Hunter Coles, 68-74 — 142
tie-5. Greg Detore and Mike James, 70-72 — 142
First Flight (top five)
1. Steve Coleman and Jay McAfee, 73-70 — 143
2. Jimmy Burleson and Joe Robertson, 73-72 — 145
3. Gerald Mitchell and Carl Frames, 73-74 — 147
4. Cameron McKenzie and Aaron Bucher, 73-79 — 152
tie-5. Farrell Hall and Tim Hall, 72-81 — 153
tie-5. Terry Cox and Bull Durham, 74-79 — 153