David Allen claims Mississippi Senior Amateur
David Allen holds Mississippi Senior Amateur trophy <br>(MGA Photo)
David Allen holds Mississippi Senior Amateur trophy
(MGA Photo)

CANTON, MS (August 28, 2016) -- David Allen, 1-under, rallied late on Sunday to win the Mississippi Senior Amateur by three-strokes. Allen was the only play to finish in red figures as he overcame a two shot deficit to start the day at Deerfield Golf Club.

Throughout the week Allen combined a pair of even-par 72's and a final round 1-under 71 to finish on top.

Allen, 1-over with four holes left, sealed the deal with three birdies in the final four holes. The birdies came on Nos. 15, 16 and 18.

Rickey Riley shot the round of the week, a bogey-free 3-under 69, and finished 2-over in second place. Ricky Sims and David Griffin were tied for third at 3-over while Greg Brooking was fifth at 4-over.

Peter Marks took home top honors in the Super Senior Division and in the Masters Division it was Larry Wagster earning the title.


David Griffin and Robert Pannell will begin the final round of the Mississippi Senior Amateur tied atop the 36-hole leaderboard. Both players are 1-under and ahead of David Allen by a shot.

Griffin has posted rounds of 73-70 thus far at Deerfield Golf Club. During his 2-under 70 on Saturday Griffin birdied three times and bogeyed just once.

Pannell reached the top of the leaderboard by bouncing back from a 3-over 75 in round one with 4-under 68 in the second round. During his round Pannell birdied six holes, including five of his first eight, while bogeying three holes.

Despite holding a slim lead; Griffin and Pannell will have to hold off a host of challengers during Sunday's final round.

Allen is the closest just one back in third, first round leader Sean Casey and Ricky Sims are tied for fourth at 1-over and two behind.

The entire top-10 will begin the final day of play within six-strokes of the leaders.


Sean Casey began the Mississippi Senior Amateur with a 2-under 70 and took a two-stroke lead on day one at Deerfield Golf Club.

Casey got off to a blistering start with birdies on three of his first four holes to move to 3-under before cooling off a bit; falling to 1-under. Following his fourth bogey of the day on the 13th Casey got one shot back with his sixth and final birdie of the day on No. 16.

David Allen and Ricky Sims are currently tied for second place following rounds of even-par 72.

Allen had a seesaw first round with six birdies, two bogeys and two double-bogeys.

Sims reached 72 with a more mundane two birdie, two bogey round. The birdies came on back-to-back holes, Nos. 10 and 11.

John Harmon, David Griffin, Greg Brooking and Joey Landrum are all tied for fourth at 1-over and just four behind.

ABOUT THE Mississippi Senior Amateur

Tournament is scheduled for 54 holes of stroke play; players will be flighted after 36 holes of play within their age division. Field size is limited to the first 104 players.

The Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament.

- Seniors must have reached their 50th birthday prior to the first day of the championship.
- Super Seniors must have reached their 60th birthday prior to the first day of the championship.
- Grand Masters must have reached their 70th birthday prior to the first day of the championship.

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