Finally, there are two area names on the Clay Dykes Invitational championship trophy.

After five years of domination by out-of-towners, Dalton’s Mike Townsend and Bob Nance of Calhoun, both club members, shot a closing 67 Friday and won the popular Clay Dykes title by two shots over Mike Sprouts and Ron Waeghe at The Farm.

The team of Dalton’s Julian Saul and Larry White of Signal Mountain, Tenn., was in third place.

“This feels great,” said Townsend, who had all five of the team’s birdies that led to a final score of 14-under 202. That was six shots off the tournament’s 54-hole record set by Bill Ploeger and Mike Rice in 2002.

Townsend birdied Nos. 1, 3 and 9 and helped the team make the turn at 3-under 33. And when he made birdies at Nos. 10 and 13, the hard-charging twosome dipped to 5 under.

“We talked before today’s round and felt we’d have to shoot four or five under and even that may not be good enough to win,” Nance said. “There are a lot of good golfers here who can go low. As it turned out, our score was just good enough.”

Townsend said Nance saved a stroke on the 361-yard, par-4 18th, which had one of the toughest pin placements on the course for the final round. Nance hit an 135-yard 8-iron approach out of a bunker to 15 feet and dropped the par-saving putt.

“That was a great shot,” Townsend said. “A great par.”

The win was special for Nance, who said Clay Dykes was his good friend. Dykes, a charter member of The Farm, passed away in 1997.

“He’s probably looking down and smiling and very proud of what Mike and I did today,” Nance said. “Winning this thing is just super. It’s a big thrill.”

Townsend and Nance teamed up to win The Farm’s Spring Shootout earlier this year. They finished one shot out in one of their several appearances in the Georgia Senior Four-Ball tournaments and Townsend once finished fifth in the Georgia Senior Amateur.

“I leaked oil on the last day of that senior amateur,” Townsend joked.

There were no leaks Friday.

“It wasn’t looking real good coming down the stretch,” Nance said, “but we were able to get up and down and get it in the hole.”

Saul and White were tied with Townsend and Nance when Friday’s final round began — and they made up the final foursome — but when it ended they had a 1-under 71 and settled for third place.

Saul made five of the team’s six birdies, but they also combined for five bogeys that hurt their championship chances.

“It was awful,” White said. “It was feast or famine. I three-putted three times and that hurt us. My partner played really well. I believe he had 15 birdies over three days.”

Last Sunday, Saul shot an 86 on the final day of the North Georgia Invitational at Dalton Golf and Country Club, and White helped correct a slight problem with Saul’s swing during Tuesday’s CDI practice round.

“That was the worst round I ever had,” Saul said. “I was stuck (in his back swing). I had the club behind me. Larry helped me get it out front.”

The top five finishers in each flight:

First Flight: Mike Townsend-Bob Nance, 69-66-67-202; Mike Sprouts-Ron Waeghe, 71-66-67-204; Julian Saul-Larry White, 68-67-71-206; Boyd Johnson-Bob Smith, 67-69-70-206; Don Slater-Jimmy Chapman, 72-66-70-208.

Second Flight: Scott Northey-Billy Hatton, 69-67-69-205; Steve Hoffman-Ken Stewart, 73-65-68-206; Charlie Busbee-Randall Rozier, 71-71-68-210; Bob Franks-David Broyles, 72-69-70-211; Roy Johnson-Bruce Sanders, 76-65-71-212.

Third Flight: Terry Baker-Larry Clark, 66-70-71-207; Joe Estes-Robert Gundeck, 75-68-69-212; Mike Clark-Ron Harris, 73-69-71-213; Urquit Morris-J.E. Harris, 73-67-74-214; Dale Bentley-Ron Lowery, 70-70-75-215.

n Fourth Flight: Randy Rowland-Herm Plybon, 70-68-75-213; Ed Hayes-Billy Boyden, 69-71-75-215; Dick Donegan-Tim McFall, 73-69-74-216; C.J. Dodd-Dick Hennier, 72-71-74-217; Mike Green-Gordon Johnson, 73-73-72-218.

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