Cook, Frazier capture net title at SSB Invite

Nathan Oster

Last weekend’s Security Bank Invitational drew is largest field in more than a decade as 26 two-man teams went gunning for the gross and net titles that would be awarded after two days of action at Midway Golf Course.

The tournament drew only eight teams last year when temporary greens were used. But with the regular greens restored and the bank upping the prize money, this year’s event lured some of the top players in the Big Horn Basin. 

Jeff Vail and Chris Bundren, both of Worland, won the gross, which is the total number of strokes required to complete the course.  They combined to shoot 67 on Saturday, 62 on Sunday, for a 129.  Vail’s score on Sunday was a 65, the best of the weekend.

Second place went to the Powell team of West Hernandez and Kury Reynolds, who carded rounds of 67 and 66 for a 133.   In third was the pairing of Michael McColloch and Erika Cook, both of Greybull.  They shot a 139, with rounds of 67 and 72.

Fourth place in the gross went to Ryan Tobin and Charlie Cooley of Powell (72-74=146), fifth to Doug and Thayer Crouse of Basin (74-79=153). 

In the net (total strokes minus handicap strokes), the Greybull duo of Casey Cook and Austin Frazier defeated Thomas Scott and Clark Jeffs of Powell on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim the title.

Both teams had finished at 126.  Scott and Jeffs led by four strokes after Saturday, but Cook and Frazier clawed their way back into contention on day two with a 60. Frazier shot the best round of his career, a 74.

Jimmy Graham of Lovell and Jim Ryles of Greybull finished third, a stroke back at 127 (66-61), followed in fourth by Wayne Riley and Terry Riley of Basin at 131 (69-62).  Two teams tied for fifth, with Clint Hoflund and Joe Cheatham (65-67) and Marti Storeim and Ross Henderson (63-69) firing 132s.

An alternate shot derby featuring the top 14 golfers from the practice round was held Saturday evening.  First place went to Jeff Vail and Casey Massey, second to West Hernandez and Ryan Tobin and third to Casey Trautman and Michael Larchick.