Team Bates takes Pro-Am at Indian Bayou

Golf Professional Ben Bates watches as his teammate Danny Zimmern putts one in on the first hole on Day 1 of the Emerald Coast Golf Tour Fall Championship Pro-Am. Bates and his team won the pro-am.

After two days of play, Ben Bates and company prevailed to win the Emerald Coast Golf Tour Fall Championship Pro-Am at Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club this past weekend.

Joining golf professional Bates were Jack Williams, Tommy McVoy and Danny Zimmern. The foursome checked in with a 119 on Friday and then a 123 on Saturday for a total of 242.

More than 12 teams, each comprised of a professional and three amateurs converged on Indian Bayou for three days of golf.

“The weather was great and the golf was good,” said Emerald Coast Tour Director Geno Celano. “Indian Bayou is a tough golf course and their scores were good.”

Placing second in the Pro-Am with a 249 across two days were Kenny Perry (pro), Drew Armogast, Brian Brennon and Dennis Gagnon.

Third place went to the team of Chase Blaich (pro), Ronnie Busbee, Brent Pursley and Dwayne Arnold at 122 128-250.

Finishing in fourth place at 126 134-260 were JP Vander Walt (pro), Patrick Gaddy, Jon Geibel and Kevin Robertson.

Following play on Friday a charity auction held at Tuscany Italian Grill for Ronald McDonald House of NWFL raised more then $3,000.

Others rounding out the top 10 in the pro-am were as follows: Fifth - Kyle Ellis (pro), Kirk Laszewski, Cory McSween and Steve Mobley, 130 130-260. Sixth – Will McCurdy (pro), Terry Hawkins, J.R. McDonald and Don McQuade, 129 135-264. Seventh – Jimmy Brandt (pro), Ken Cone, John Hollowhan and Patrick Lucy, 137 129-266. Eighth – David Leatham (pro), Lance Evans, Billy Ely and Jim Wellam, 135 132-267. Ninth – David Morland (pro), Jon Seeling, Richard Corley and Chris Clark, 138 130-268. Tenth – Nick Rousey (pro), Chuck Crews, Tracy Johnson and Jeff Kile, 139 131-270.

In the professional round on Sunday, Nick Rousey of Pensacola was the big winner at 207. He was also the winner of $8,000.

Kyle Ellis came in at second with finish of 209; and Kenny Perry placed third with a 211.