After losing by one stroke on his home course two weeks ago, Matt Gann was happy to be traveling to his home away from home for the Harlan Invitational and a shot at redemption.
“I finished second at the Mountain Laurel a couple of weeks ago at Wasioto Winds. I don’t like getting beat, especially there, and I came out here with a purpose,” said Gann, the golf coach at Bell County High School. “I wanted to win the thing.”
Gann won his fifth Harlan Invitational title and second straight with a consistent performance that has been his trademark through the years. He followed a three-under par 65 on Saturday with a three-under par 65 on Sunday for a 130, two strokes ahead of Jeremy Langley.
“I try not to do anything crazy and stay within myself and good things happen,” Gann said. “I just do what I do. I’m pretty confident in myself. If I do what I do and somebody beats me, so be it. I trust what I can do and let everybody else decide what happens.”
Gann has been playing at the Harlan Country Club since he was a 9-year-old on the Bell County High School golf team.
“I feel right at home up here. This course is a lot like the old Pine Mountain State Park used to be and a lot like Middlesboro,” Gann said. “I’m used to playing courses like this. We call it mountain golf.”
Gann trailed Luke Minor by one stroke after Saturday’s first round, but when Minor dropped to a four-over par 70 on Sunday it opened the door for Gann to move ahead.
“I’ve been playing these invitationals for 15 years or so. You see a lot of the same faces. I used to be the young guy, but I’m not anymore,” Gann said. “I’ve known Luke a long time. He’s a good guy.”
Minor, also a former champion who literally grew up at the Harlan Country Club as the son of longtime golf pro Luther Minor, finished third with a 134. Pete Cornett Jr. was fourth with a 135 and Ben Langley was fifth with a 138.
Tournament results for the championship and other four flights include:
Matt Gann 130, Jeremy Langley 132, Luke Minor 134, Pete Cornett Jr., 135, Ben Langley 138, Cameron Bailey 140, Andrew Forester 140, Kevin Burns 141, Tyler Langley 141, Madison Johnson 142, Eddie Leisge 142, Codie McDowell 142, Drew Chamberlain 144, Tracy Poston 144, Pat Hansel 145, Carl Smith Jr., 146, Jason Estep 146, Thomas Miller 148, Bill Damron 149, Cory Elza 155, Wally Langley 157, Jacob Cornett 160.
Jeff Sumner 140, Robbie Davidson 142, Mark Keith 143, David White 144, Logan Jones 145, Jon Hollan 147, Bradley Guyn 149, Mike Granato 151, Joe Carroll 151, Tom Kilburn 155, Ryan Williamson 155, Tommy Helton 157, Hunter Davis 158, Randy Bailey 158, Carl Miller 161, Rusty Ray 179, Bobby Brittain 191.
Tucker Davis 145, Tad Barton 151, Ronnie Shoope 156, Will Clem 156, Gary Grant 156, Tom Short 161, Blake Long 167, Clark Osborne 175, Tom Teague 177, Ron Osborne 177, John Prince 180.
Larry Osborne 152, John Burkhart 153, Pete Cornett Sr. 164, Dallas Greer 164, Kevin Hatfield 166, Scott Lee 166, Allen Haywood 169, Jason Holbrook 169, Greg Duncum 172, Marvin Haynes 174, Todd Collett 175, Ron Williamson 175, Harry Deweese 179, Wayne Hoff 181, Kimbo James 183, Avery Bowling 187, Tommy Wright 191.
Jerry Bryson 161, Stephen Bryson 174, Jared Cornett 176, Don Howard 177, James Howard 177, Blake Bourland 178, Daniel Benge 181, Nathan Halcomb 184, Jimmy Browning 187, Charles Short 191, Sean Osborne 193, Andy Snyder 194, Isaac Turner 196, Jeff Osborne 205, Obie Wallace 214, Lester Short 237, Tim Yost 250.