A year ago Kerry Lott and Brian Lensing accounted for one of the three teams who finished one shot off the pace of a sudden death playoff in the Mike Fleming Memorial. This year they stood alone at the end of the second round of play at Cherokee Creek Country Club in Booneville, winning their first Memorial.
Lott and Lensing shot a 58 on the opening day of the tournament but trailed Randall Wheat and Jason May by a stroke. On Sunday the duo shot a 57 to finish 28-under par, 116, a shot ahead of Wheat and May after their round of 59.
The duo’s score is also two stokes off the record -30, 114 set two years ago.
Wheat was after his fifth title in the now 21-year history of the tournament. He won four times with Andy Purdue, including three in a row.
Third in the championship flight, two strokes back was Jason Smart and Jonathan Spikes, the tournament record holders whose 58 on Sunday was two strokes better than their Saturday round.
The remainder of the championship flight included Doc Crowley and Jerry Hix who were also in the under the -24 120 that won the 2017 event at 119 with Sunday’s 58 following up a 61 on Saturday.
The remainder of the flight consisted of three time champions Jacky Wall and Jay Crowley at 123 (60-63), Bradley Bland and Rick Wiser, Jr. at 123 (61-62), Kent Henderson and Randy Henderson at 125 (60-65), Robbie Fleming and Clay Crowley at 127 (60-67) and Tommy Smith and Dwayne Shock also at 127 (61-66).
The tournament is named for the late Mike Fleming, who died in a vehicle accident in 1997. Fleming was a halfback/linebacker for Booneville. He scored 15 touchdowns during his senior season of 1982 to lead the Bearcats to the playoffs for the first time under Doug Scheel.
The playoff appearance both ended a three-year playoff drought and started a streak of seven straight appearances by Booneville.
In his only playoff game, Fleming ran for 169 yards in a losing effort (45-24) against Walnut Ridge. Included in that total is a 60-yard touchdown run.
In addition to the 1,172 yards Fleming rushed for during the 1982 season, he also recorded 150 tackles.
During his career, Fleming gained 1,613 yards and scored 26 touchdowns, five two-point conversions and kicked two extra points for 168 total points scored.
There were seven additional flights for the 108 total teams.
Placements in those were as follows:
Young/Young 64-60, 124 -20
Solomon/Solomon 62-62, 124 -20
Wiser/Wiser 62-63, 125 -19
Brown/Reese 65-62, 127 -17
Dobbs/Carolan 66-62, 128, -16
DuPree/James 66-62, 128, -16
Crisp/Richards 67-62, 129, -15
Everitt/Everitt 67-64, 131, -13
Smith/Smith 67-65, 132, -12
Rankin/Hale 68-65, 133, -11
Wooldridge/Yarborough 69-64, 133, -11
Hilton/Hilton 69-65, 134, -10
Welling/Earls 72-65, 137, -5
Jones/Brasher 71-66, 137, -5
Cross/Patrick 72-68, 140, -4
Hale/Hester 76-69, 145 +1
Myers/Underwood 74-72, 146 +2
Michael/Webb 75-71, 146 +2
Denham/Mckee 77-74, 151 +7
Porter/Ray 77-75, 152 +8
Taylor/Mott 77-75, 152 +8