Henley, Persons team up for win

As Peter Persons and Russell Henley were playing their final hole in the Honors Championship on Sunday at Healy Point Country Club, Persons had one request for his partner.

“I asked him before he went on to bigger and better things, could we play one more tournament together,” Persons said. “And I was very happy that his answer was yes.”

That should make Persons very happy and anyone who has to play against the combo sad. Persons and Henley shot a second-round 64 for a two-day score of 130, easily outdistancing the field.

The team of Michael Standard and David Maddox, who both live in McDonough, finished second with a two-day total of 136, while the father-son team of Rusty and Taylor Floyd finished third.

Persons did not think the day could have gone much better.

“When you are playing with Russell Henley, it’s almost easy,” Persons said. “He could carry any team. It just allows me to hit good shots without much pressure because I have him backing me up. I had a lot of birdies (Sunday), but Russell would have birdied most of the same holes. We just had a lot of fun out there. I am very proud of Russell and all of his success, and all of Macon should be proud of him, too.”

For Henley, coming off a win last weekend at the Georgia Amateur Championship, it was a relaxing week spent with family before he heads to New York on Monday to play in the Porter Cup, a prestigious amateur tournament.

“I had a great week being at home with my family and friends,” Henley said. “The adrenaline still kicks in when I am playing in a tournament like this, but it is a little different than say, playing in the Georgia Amateur. I had a partner to help me (Sunday), and Peter played very well. We both love to compete, and it was great to come out on top. I can always learn something from him, because even though he doesn’t play as much as he used to, he still knows the right way to play the game.”

The second-place team of Standard and Maddox had only one regret for this tournament.

“It would have been great to play with Persons and Henley (on Sunday) to see if we could have played as well as they did,” Standard said. “We had our chances (Saturday) to get in that final group but made too many bogeys late in out round. They are both great players, and it would have been difficult, but we sure would have liked to play with the best in the last round.”

Maddox said he and Standard were excited when he saw Persons and Henley were in the field.

“It was definitely good for the tournament.” Maddox said. “We knew if we were going to win it, we would have to beat a great team. It is really an honor to finish second in this tournament. They had a great field this year, and the golf course was just about perfect. We will definitely be back.”

The Floyds grabbed third place by shooting a 68 on the final day.