Former Manila High School teammates team up to win again

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Barry Ledbetter, CEO of Simmons Bank (center), congratulates the team of Jeremy Murray (left) and Kris Seyler (right) for winning the championship title. (photo provided)

It was an exciting repeat for former Manila High School teammates Kris Seyler and Jeremy Murray as they won the 30th annual Simmons First Red Wolf Classic Golf Tournament by one shot. The two won the championship title in 2006.

The event was held at the Jonesboro Country Club Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

The duo had the lead after the opening day of play and finished on Sunday with Seyler's birdie putt on the 18th hole giving them a 1-stroke victory.

It was a close finish for the top five teams with Seyler and Murray shooting 61 Sunday and finishing the tournament with a score of 23 under par. Defending champions Wixson Huffstetler and Bart Burton and the team of Marcus Huffer and Wayne Koekemoer were both only one shot away.

Huffstetler and Burton came in second after a tiebreaker. Huffer and Koekemoer finished in third place. Steve Tricarico Jr. and Mark Jones finished in fourth place shooting 21 under par, and the team of Beau Glover and Steven Cox rounded out the top five at 20 under par.

Seyler and Murray work well as a team which counts in a scramble format. They focused on their game and came out the victors.

Both agreed there were a lot of good teams participating in the tournament and it felt good to win the championship a second time.

The tournament is a major fundraiser for the Arkansas State Golf program and they enjoy participating. They have played as a team in the tournament since 2005.

Both young men graduated from Manila High School in 1998 and helped lead their team to the state golf title their senior year.

Jeremy went on to college at Arkansas State University and Kris went to Ouachita.

They are now family men and are neighbors at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro. They do not have as much time for golf as they once did but they still enjoy teaming up for tournament play or just for fun every chance they get.

Kris recalled when they won the tournament in 2006 it was the same situation as last week when they had to have a birdie to win.

"Jeremy hit within a couple of feet that time and this year he put one within eight feet," Kris said. "We have always played well as a team."

They finished the two-day tournament with a score of 119.

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