View Full Version : After last weeks win, Ainley almost able to go back-to-back

June 30th, 2003, 06:41 am
<blockquote><p align=justify>BATON ROUGE ó Former UL Lafayette golf standout Richard Ainley came within one hole of making it two straight titles on the Tight Lies Tour here Sunday.

Ainley, who took his first-ever U.S. tournament win as a professional last weekend in the Sprint PCS Open in Hattiesburg, Miss., wound up one stroke out of the title chase Sunday in the Audubon Imports Open at The University Club.

John Kimbell and Rich Morris tied for the top spot at 17-under 271, with Kimbell winning the $20,000 first-place in a playoff. Ainley was tied with Bill Montgomery for second, one shot back at 16-under 272.

Ainley, who posted back-to-back six-under 66 rounds on Thursday and Friday before an even-par 72 Saturday, tied for the third-lowest round in the field with a four-under 68 Sunday and almost made up a five-stroke deficit to Morris in the final round.

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However, the Kenyan native and former Sun Belt Conference medalist bogeyed the 450-yard par-four 18th hole to finish one stroke back.

Kimbell birdied 17 and 18 to force the playoff with Morris. Ainley, playing one group ahead of the top two finishers, was one stroke back of Morris and tied with Kimball through 16 holes but eagled 17 to momentarily take the lead at 18-under.

However, Morris also eagled the 544-yard par-5 17th to take a two-stroke lead when Ainley simultaneously bogeyed 18. Morrisí bogey at 18 and Kimbellís birdie forced the playoff.

Ainley won $5,293 for his tie for third after his $20,000 winnerís check last weekend, and now stands sixth on the Tight Lies Tour in earnings with $29,318.50 despite playing in only eight of the tourís 11 stops this season.

The Tight Lies Tour takes a one-week break before returning July 10-13 in the Abilene Open at Abilene, Texas. -->