Justin Ramer couldn’t have asked for a better situation.

Playing in the same group as close friend Chad Lawrence, Ramer captured the 2009 Elks Golf championship by one stroke Monday.

Ramer, who entered Monday’s final 18 holes of play with a four-stroke advantage over Chris Wilson and a five-shot cushion over Lawrence, recorded a three-over-par 75 to finish with a three-day, 54-hole total of two-under 214..

Ramer had a three-over 38 on the front nine and an even-par 37 on the back side.

Lawrence, for the second straight year, assumed the runner-up position after posting a one-under 71.

Wilson posted a 74 Monday to finish three strokes back at 217. Wilson is a three-time Elks champion, prevailing in 2008, 2003 and 2001.


Justin Ramer couldn’t have asked for a better situation.
Playing in the same group as close friend Chad Lawrence, Ramer captured the 2009 Elks Golf championship by one stroke Monday.
Ramer, who entered Monday’s final 18 holes of play with a four-stroke advantage over Chris Wilson and a five-shot cushion over Lawrence, recorded a three-over-par 75 to finish with a three-day, 54-hole total of two-under 214..
Ramer had a three-over 38 on the front nine and an even-par 37 on the back side.
Lawrence, for the second straight year, assumed the runner-up position after posting a one-under 71.
Wilson posted a 74 Monday to finish three strokes back at 217. Wilson is a three-time Elks champion, prevailing in 2008, 2003 and 2001.
“He’s my best friend,” said Ramer of his fellow Choctaw High School graduate. “I was the best man at his wedding. It made it easy on me, playing with him on the final day of the tournament.”
Lawrence, who also finished second last year to Wilson, kept the pressure on Ramer to the final hole. His 40-yard chip shot on No. 18 stopped within inches of the hole and he tapped in for a birdie. Ramer missed an eight-foot birdie putt but also tapped in for par and his second Elks championship. He was also the 2005 titleholder.
Ramer opened Saturday with a three-under 69, then notched a 70 Sunday.
“I didn’t have a single bogey Sunday,” Ramer said. “I had two birdies and 16 pars.”
Monday was a different story as he bogeyed six holes and recorded birdies on 10, 15 and 16.
Lawrence, a sales representative for R.J. Reynolds, played golf at St. Gregory’s while Ramer, who owns J. Bentley Insurance Company in Shawnee, played golf collegiately for Seminole State and Arkansas Tech.
“This is a big deal for me, winning this tournament,” Ramer said. “Today, just playing with Chad, was the difference-maker. I have played golf with Chad six millon times so I am really comfortable.”
Ramer captured the 2005 Elks championship by a four-stroke margin.
Don Clark and Brent Green finished regulation play at 219 but Clark won a playoff to finish fourth.
Brent Westfall, the 2006 champion, was 12 strokes back of the leader.
Jimmy Westfall was a runaway victor in B-flight competition. Westfall, at 218, posted an 11-stroke win over runner-up Quintin Nichols at 229.
Westfall’s final-day 72 was the low three-day score in B flight. He also posted rounds of 73 on Saturday and Sunday.
Nichols was the only other B-flight entrant with a 73, that coming Sunday.
Dale Athletic Director Bruce Throckmorton, at 237 (79-78-80), posted a three-shot win over Chad Trahan in C flight while Brian Williams, at 233 (79-78-76), was seven strokes better than runner-up Pat Borelli in D flight.
Bruce Day, at 250 (83-85-82), was a six-stroke victor over Charlie Stubbs in E flight and Todd Gilbert prevailed by three shots over Shawn Gribble in F flight after finishing at 264 (86-93-85).
Note: For a look at all of the Elks results, see the Scoreboard.