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Molloy, Richey dominant at Spring Fling
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McMinnville Country Club held its Spring Fling at its traditional time this year. Last year, the golf tournament was moved to the fall because of COVID-19. 

Bill Rogers served as the director of the tournament as well as a winner in one of the flights. Weather was an unpleasant factor for golfers on Saturday, but they had a picture-perfect day on the final day of the tournament Sunday.

There were four flight winners and a championship flight. It was a best ball tournament with two-man teams. There may have been some side hustles in the tournament for fun that gave some golfers the opportunity to be winners even if they lost on the scoreboard.

Championship Flight winners were Zack Molloy and Matt Richey. It was the second win in a row in the championship flight for Zach Molloy, according to his daughter, Lyla Molloy. Molloy’s other young daughter, Gabbi Molloy was equally enthusiastic about her dad’s previous victories. Matt Richey said he has been playing at the Country Club for 35 years and this is the first time he won in a tournament.

The First Flight was won by a father-and-son team, Greg and Andrew Brock. Greg Brock has to be the comeback golfer of the Country Club after rebounding from triple-bypass surgery last year. 

His son Andrew said his dad was dominant on the greens with his putter. The Brocks are a multi-generational golf family that goes back to late, great John Brock, who introduced his sons to the game. Brad Brock was absent from the winner’s circle, but it is not because he has not put the time in on the golf course.

The Second Flight winners were Bill Rogers and Keith Bryson. Rogers and Bryson are friends from college at Tennessee Tech. They have played together since the mid-80s, and scored in the low 70s in the tournament.

The Third Flight was won by Will Stern and Michael Taylor. Taylor won a flight in only his second year of playing in the Spring Fling. Will Stern is an example of a son surpassing his father on the golf course. His father, Wally Stern, was in the tournament and a cheerleader for his two sons, Will and Nick Stern.

The Fourth Flight was won by Alan West and Jason Denney. This duo plays together a lot, and last year they won the Third Flight. Saturday’s rain and cool weather disrupted their scoring, putting them in the Fourth Flight. 

West and Denney improved on Sunday with a 69 to put them in first place of the Fourth Flight. 

Alan West is over the Country Club swimming pool this year, and he made a noticeable improvement by painting the baby pool. West also claimed to have fixed all the leaks in the main pool and to have mastered pool chemistry.