Chris Smith had never played in the annual Harbor Oaks Invitational nor had he played in a tournament with his good friend Jimmy Crain — until this year.
But it paid off for him this weekend as Smith and Crain teamed up to win the Championship Flight of the tournament on Sunday at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course.
“We had a good time,” Smith said. “We weren’t expecting to win.
“We just came down here to have a good time.”
Smith and Crain had a two-day score of 134, shooting a 66 on Saturday and a 68 on Sunday to win.
“We just didn’t get ourselves in a lot of trouble,” Crain said. “We made two bogeys today that were senseless, but for the most part we were never in any real trouble.”
The duo competed in the shootout on Friday as well but did not place.
“We hang out together a ton, but we don’t play golf together very often,” Crain said.
With 20 years separating the two — Crain is 53 and Smith is 33 — the two make for a very unlikely duo.
“We are good friends even though I am a lot older than he is,” Crain said. “I’m young in spirit.”
Both Crain and Smith are from Hot Springs but Crain plays mostly at the Hot Springs Country Club while Smith plays inside Hot Springs Village.
“But we see each other a lot,” Crain said. “We just don’t play golf together very often.”
While Smith had never played the tournament before, Crain has played here almost every year.
“It is one of my favorite tournaments in the state,” Crain said. “I think it is one of the best in the state.
“…The food here is phenomenal.”
Smith and Crain have already made plans to return next year.
“We want to come back and try again next year,” Smith said.
“We will at least come and try to defend our title,” Crain said.
1st — Jimmy Crain and Chris Smith 66-68-134
2nd — Daniel Treat and Chad Graves 65-71-136
3rd — Andrew Sanders and Trevor Durham 66-71-137