There’s nothing like a trip to the Harlan Country Club to help Matt Gann get his game back together.
“I’m dealing with a little bit right now. I have two girls at home, one that’s 2 years old, so my mind is kind of away from golf a little bit, but coming back to this place kind of helps,” Gann said. “Pete Cornett battled, and that’s what I needed. He’s a great player and we went head to head.”
Gann couldn’t shake Cornett until the final hole on Sunday as he had a par on No. 18 while Cornett bogied to give Gann a one-stroke win and his fifth Harlan Invitational title in six years.
“It was back and forth, and I was on the back side quite a bit,” Gann said. “I had birdied 17 and we were tied. I think he lost his footing on this second shot. I thought he’d still make par, but he didn’t, and I hit a pretty good shot. It was fortunate for me.”
Gann, a Pineville resident who coaches golf at Bell County High School, finished the two-day tournament with a two-under par 134, one stroke ahead of Cornett, of Harlan. Jason Vance and Jason Estep tied for third as each shot a 137.
Gann and Cornett were tied at 66 after the opening round Saturday, four strokes ahead of Vance and Andrew Forester.
The results for all five flights included:
Matt Gann 134, Pete Cornett 135, Jason Vance 137, Jason Estep 137, Luke Minor 141, Kevin Burns 141, Drew Chamberlain 143, Andrew Forester 144, Bill Douglas 145, Dr. Carl Smith Jr. 146, Elmo Greer 146.
Mike Granato 145 (won playoff), George Tackett 145, Hunter Davis 151, Leroy Black 151, David White 151, Joe Carroll 152, Mark Keith 153, Tad Burton 153, John Dunn 153, Bradley Guyn 158, Mike Thompson 159, Brandon Cornett 162, Mike Howard 166.
Cody Brewer 149, Gary Grant 152, Greg Sawyers 155, Alan Sutton 157, Tom Short 158, Kyle Mefford 159, Scott Lee 159, John Turner 160, Larry Osborne 160, Will Clem 163, Ken Jones 164, John Lindon 167, Kevin Hatfield 185.
Pete Cornett Sr. 153 (won playoff), Tyler Brewer 153, Shawn Barton 156, Chris Selvey 157, Daniel Benge 158, Greg McKnight 161, Joe Daniels 167, Jim Vicini 169, Greg Duncum 171, Harry Deweese 171, Allen Haywood 172, Marvin Haynes 172, Carl Webster 175, Todd Collett 177, Roger Anderson 188.
Justin Howard 167, Dr. Stephen Bryson 174, Wayne Hoff 176, Terry Griffin 178, Bobby Gallimore 182 Jason Moore 183, Mike Johnson 185, Sean Osborne 197, Jimmy Browning 197, Don Howard 202, Jason Lindon 202, Obie Wallace 206, Charles Short 209.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134