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May 27, 2014

Harman, Gray cruise to Blowout victory

DUNCAN — Jamie Gray usually plays the Blowout tournament with Aaron Simpson, but Simpson was unable to make it for the 37th annual tournament.

Tanner Harman then talked to Gray, asking if he would join him for the Memorial Day weekend tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

It turned out to be a good pairing, as Harman Gray shot rounds of 59, 58 and 59 to finish with 176 and win the championship flight. They finished 14 strokes ahead of second-place Brent Bostick and Jimmy Grantham.

“(Harman) just kept hitting the greens and I just helped him out,” Gray said. “It was a team effort.”

It was Harman’s first year to play and Gray’s fourth. Gray said what makes the tournament great is the people who play.

“You get to see a bunch of new faces and old friends, which is fun,” Gray said.

Bostick agreed that the golfers are what make the tournament fun. Additionally, he said, the Blowout has become a tradition in Duncan and southwestern Oklahoma.

“It’s kind of the summer opener for golf in southwest Oklahoma,” Bostick said. “You get to come out Memorial Day weekend, there’s a lot of family involved — it’s just a good time.”

Bostick added that remembering what Memorial Day is all about is just as important to the golfers as the tournament itself.

“We have respect for the ones that have given us our freedom, the ones we’ve lost (in battle),” he said.

Bostick praised the maintenance staff at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club for getting the course in good condition. He liked how the greens played and that the moisture Duncan got this past weekend helped.

Gray agreed that the greens were in great shape and liked how the tournament was run.

“Mike Hansen does a pretty good job,” he said. “I love him to death. I don’t think you can get a better pro.”

Hansen, the club’s general manager and head golf pro, was glad the weather didn’t disrupt the tournament. On Thursday, he thought the golfers would be fortuante if they could play 36 holes. But while rain fell at times, predicted thunderstorms never materialized and the golfers didn’t have to leave the course until they finished each round.

“Everybody here has been happy,” Hansen said. “I’ve heard many different comments from guys that they’ve had as much fun as they’ve ever had.”

Hansen said the work of many people behind the scenes made the tournament a success.

“A lot of pieces in the puzzle are put together prior to the tournament,” he said. “Once Saturday gets going, most of the work is done and it’s just routine at that point.”

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