Jenkins charges to victory at PBCC


Rob Hudson only wanted another solid round at the Pine Bluff Country Club Stroke Play Championship after shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday.

The Ole Miss graduate student shot 74 on Sunday. That opened the door for Little Rock’s Chris Jenkins to come from three strokes down to win the Arkansas State Golf Association-designated tournament.

Jenkins fired a 69 — the only other sub-70 round of the tournament — to finish with a 139 and win by two strokes Sunday. Hudson came in second with a 141.

But Hudson, who grew up in Fayetteville, was still pleased with his outing.

“I didn’t put any pressure on myself,” he said. “I didn’t go in with high expectations. I don’t get a chance to practice as much as I’d like to. … Overall, I’m pleased with my performance.”

Jenkins rebounded nicely from shooting 3-over on his last two holes of Saturday’s round, preventing him from tying Hudson. He shot one stroke better on Sunday while playing in the final pairing with Hudson.

Jenkins could not be reached after the tournament.

“I hit the ball really good,” Hudson said. “I missed some short putts early. I just really couldn’t get on a roll. Chris played excellent today. He put himself in position to win the tournament.

“He hit the ball really good. He didn’t make any mistakes. He got shots to fall. He played a mistake-free round.”

Hudson said the wet weather didn’t have a negative effect on his game. In fact, each of the top five finishers shot better Sunday than they did Saturday.

Will Hegi came in third with a 143, followed by Mark Bartlett (145), Matt Feimster (146) and Trey Schaap (147).