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Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:00 am

Josh Ham and Brian Madison shot 1-over-par 73 at Odessa Country Club on Wednesday, making only one birdie between them, so they didn’t expect to do much in the 49th Annual Quarter Century Partnership.

As it turned out, they just got all their bad shots out of the way during their practice round.

Ham and Madison fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday at the Old Course — their highest score in the 54-hole, best-ball golf tournament — to complete a wire-to-wire victory. The 36-year-old Permian High School graduates finished at 20-under 196, making only one bogey in three rounds, and beat defending champions Shawn Savage and Bobby Gee by three strokes.

“Oh, it’s fantastic,” Ham said. “Both of us were playing so bad coming into this. We played our practice round and shot 73 in low ball. We’re just like, ‘Well, just play and see what we get, man.’ And here we are. This is what we got.”

Ham and Madison, who grew up playing at Odessa Country Club and worked there as teenagers, began the day with a three-stroke lead after shooting 63 on Friday at the Links Course. They led by at least that much throughout Saturday’s round.

Madison made birdie at the par-5 first hole, where Gee three-putted for a disappointing par, and the lead grew by two more at No. 5. Madison dropped in another birdie as Savage three-putted for a bogey.

“He doesn’t ever do that,” Gee said of Savage. “I do it some, and he never does it. This whole week, he wasn’t chiming and I really wasn’t either.”

Gee and Savage were even par for the day until No. 9, when Savage drained a birdie putt and threw his arms in the air in mock celebration. They were still five strokes behind at that point, because Ham sank a long, downhill birdie putt at No. 8 to put him and his partner at 18 under for the tournament.

Gee and Savage finally got going on the back nine, shooting 4 under, but it was too little, too late.

“Early on they had that cushion of a six-shot lead on us and, hell, that’s not much pressure,” Savage said. “We weren’t chasing them very well, and they were hitting the ball good and in good position and making putts. It was tough to gain on them.”

Ham and Madison distanced themselves even more with consecutive birdies to start the back nine. Madison made one on No. 10 and Ham added one at the 11th, stretching their lead back to six at that point.

Gee and Savage tried to rally again with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. But Madison, after Ham had driven the ball out of bounds on the par-5 13th, made a testy par putt from about 5 feet to keep the defending champs safely behind.

“That was huge,” Ham said. “There’s always a point in a round of golf when you’re either going to make it or break it. Fortunately for us, we made it and that was the difference.”

Jeff Munden and Colby Harwell, who began the day in a tie for second place with Gee and Savage, shot even par and dropped into a tie for sixth place at 12-under 204. Barrett Gray and Scott Rundell finished third at 13-under 203, winning a scorecard playoff against the teams of Beau Davis-Jay McHugh and Bobby Whiteside-Steve Whiteside.

When the tournament began Thursday, Ham and Madison would have been satisfied with finishing near the top of the championship flight. They were playing in the event for only the second time, after finishing in a sixth-place tie a year ago.

But they got their games together at just the right time, so they finished at the top of the leaderboard and by a comfortable margin. Madison called it a “shocking” result, and he also said it was a dream come true to win the signature event at his home club.

“Both of us were coming in here not playing so great, but that’s just how quick it can turn,” Madison said. “One swing, one shot, one putt, it can change the whole shooting match.”

>> Saturday’s Scores

Odessa Country Club

Final Round

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

1. Josh Ham-Brian Madison, 66-63-67—196; 2. Bobby Gee-Shawn Savage, 66-66-67—199; 3. Barrett Gray-Scott Rundell, 67-66-70—203 (won scorecard playoff); 4. (tie) Steve Whiteside-Bobby Whiteside, 69-67-67—203; and Beau Davis-Jay McHugh, 68-66-69—203; 6. (tie) Colby Harwell-Jeff Munden, 66-66—132; Conway Jordan-K.T. Livingston, 67-69-68—204; J.D. Dickerson-Shawn Reeves, 67-69-65—204; Bubba Bailey-David Bolen, 71-67-66—204; David Dickerson-Ryan Heller, 72-67-65—204; 11. Kelly Cox-Adam Rubinson, 68-69-69—206; 12. (tie) Randy Rawls-Gary Varnadore, 68-68-71—207; Terence Begnel-Derrick Pursley, 70-66-71—207; and Kevin Boscamp-Larry Nunez, 72-64-71—207; 15. (tie) Mike Maes-Omar Sanchez, 70-72-66—208; Owen Joyner-Brett Lossin, 71-67-70—208; and Dan Dunkelberg-Terry Rice, 70-69-69—208; 18. Gene Black-Cory Bull, 73-68-68—209; 19. Daniel Campbell-Daniel Pender, 71-70-69—210; 20. (tie) Ciro Baeza-Rocky Hutson, 70-70-71—211; and Jeff Hogan-Jeff Murray, 71-69-71—211; 22. (tie) Koy Stribling-Mark Terry, 73-68-71—212; Lance Carrington-Brian Palmer, 72-71-69—212; and John Ironside-Johnny Kidd Jr., 70-68-74—212; 25. Mac McGee-Robert McKinney, 74-72-68—214; 26. Tim Kohn-J.B. Luttrell, 72-74-69—215; 27. (tie) Curt Howard-Tyler Sullivan, 74-70-73—217; and Rick Houston-Trey Womack, 74-70-73—217; 29. Les Ledingham-Keith McKelvy, 69-73-77—219; 30. Rick Gasser-Dub Huckabee, 77-71-77—225.

FIRST FLIGHT

1. Pat Dennis-Dean Fields, 73-67-67—207; 2. (tie) Tyler Barcena-Ryan Havens, 71-69-69—209; and Alberto Nabarrette-Ryan Williams, 71-66-72—209; 4. Mike Rockafellow-Darren Seglem, 71-71-68—210; 5. Mickey Jones-Marshall Morgan, 70-70-71—211; 6. (tie) Doug Noah-Jim Nash, 72-65-75—212; and Jess Claiborne-Sam Hansard, 70-72-70—212; 8. (tie) Heath Bailey-Randy Reeves, 71-67-75—213; Steve Long-Steve Thompson, 71-71-71—213; and Jimmy Payton-Darren Waters, 70-74-69—213; 11. Ricky Whitaker-Benny Wilson, 70-72-74—216; 12. Ed Barcena-Ryan Barcena, 72-72-76—220; 13. (tie) Jeremy Denman-Adam Gonzalez, 71-75-80—226; and Derek Edmonds-John Staub, 73-74-79—226.

SECOND FLIGHT

1. Larry Digby-Jim Bob McNeal, 77-69-69—215; 2. Brandon Batte-Mike Syverson, 78-68-70—216; 3. Brett Vickers-David Waldrop, 74-72-72—218; 4. Brett Felker-Gary Felker, 74-74-71—219; 5. (tie) Lucas Daniels-Phil George, 75-71-74—220; Harry Bettis-Scotty Neiman, 77-70-73—220; and Berkley Craig III-Larry Hensley, 77-70-73—220; 8. (tie) Les Littlejohn-Kevin Riggs, 74-69-79—222; Mike Kuykendall-Scott Stegner, 77-73-72—222; and Jon Wardlaw-Jay Young, 77-74-71—222; 11. Josh Parrott-Derek Ray, 76-74-74—224; 12. Brandon Rives-James Wilhite, 75-71-79—225; 13. Andrian Cruz-Willie Hill, 82-74-78—234; 14. Isaiah Navarrete-Adrian Navarrete, 79-82-77—238.

THIRD FLIGHT

1. Bob Duree-Mark McMahon, 74-70-68—212 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Mike Athey-Ovidio Bustamante, 76-74-62—212; 3. Kirk Edwards-Stephen Hill, 75-67-71—214; 4. Brian Knighten-Randy Lewis, 76-68-71—215 (won scorecard playoff); 5. Luke Groves-Mike Talley, 69-71-75—215; 6. Jeff Beal-Eddy Madden, 75-72-69—216; 7. (tie) Mark Jones-Jim Stuart, 72-70-75—217; and Bret Baker-Braxton Dunaway, 75-73-69—217; 9. Bobby Schwarz-Tate Schwarz, 75-72-71—218; 10. (tie) Darryl Burton-Billy Burton, 76-71-72—219; and Frank McGehee-Chad Pipkin, 76-73-70—219; 12. (tie) Keagan Duncan-Vince Vines, 75-72-70—220; and Don Hembree-Ken Willey, 76-74-70—220; 14. Tommy Clifton-Troy Martin, 73-78-71—222; 15. Marshall Nelson-Jim Nelson, 76-78-72—226.

FOURTH FLIGHT

1. Daniel Justis-Willie Justis, 77-70-68—215 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Bryce Pool-Jim Sumner, 77-70-68—215; 3. Tommy Campbell-Andy Campbell, 78-68-72—218; 4. Ted Albrecht-Willy Patterson, 80-71-70—221 (won scorecard playoff); 5. (tie) Mikey Milam-Paul Sorensen, 80-72-69—221; and Jay Arrick-Thomas Meek, 81-72-68—221; 7. (tie) Chris W. Holcomb-Ron Lipsey, 79-75-69—223; and Omar Hernandez-Jeff Rea, 77-72-74—223; 9. Leo Hinojos-Armando Hinojos, 80-71-73—224; 10. (tie) Greg Burnett-Zach Burnett, 78-77-70—225; and Ronny Flowers-Jerry Thomas, 79-74-72—225; 12. (tie) Terry Cook-Patrick Lewis, 77-75-74—226; and Shawn Anderson-Bobby Hill, 81-72-73—226; 14. Tom Hawkins-Grant Looney, 80-75-73—228; 15. Bobby Murray-Tommy Pipes, 80-76-75—231.

FIFTH FLIGHT

1. Dieter Gerstenberger-Jay Nabors, 73-73-70—216; 2. Tim Peden-Wayne Youngs, 74-72-72—218; 3. Mike Lewter-Monty Rogers, 73-74-73—220; 4. William Stewart-Rick Skillern, 71-76-74—221; 5. (tie) Carl Crowder-Rodney McKee, 76-71-75—222; and Jeff Blackwood-Joe Luman, 76-74-72—222; 7. (tie) Fred Crawford-Jimmy Goates, 76-75-72—223; and Chris Cole-Steve Hendricks, 77-79-67—223; 9. (tie) Andy Burk-Rick Browning, 76-76-72—224; and Dan Pender-John Young, 77-73-74—224; 11. Glynn Braudaway-Nathan Gann, 75-74-77—226; 12. Dale Harrington-Jim Werner, 75-78-74—227; 13. (tie) Angel Nabarrette-Isaac Nabarrette, 75-74-79—228; and Jim Rose-John Tabor, 77-76-75—228; 15. Russell Worthen-Nick Worthen, 75-79-80—234.

SIXTH FLIGHT

1. Jimmy Bridges-Gregg McDonald, 79-72-68—219; 2. Craig Echols-David Nix, 80-73-73—226 (won scorecard playoff); 3. Fred Camacho-Travis Hagen, 83-72-71—226; 4. (tie) Carl Mondy-Kenneth Smith, 78-75-76—229; and D.J. Cranfill-Rob Sterling, 83-72-74—229; 6. David Boutin-Dan Hollman, 79-73-79—231; 7. Jimmy Matthews-Bill Stanford, 83-78-71—232; 8. Junior Cobos-Brian Welch, 81-78-74—233; 9. (tie) John Bettis-David Essex, 78-77-79—234; Bradley Howell-Paul Weaver, 80-78-76—234; and Robert Parrish-Russell Patrick, 81-82-71—234; 12. Kerry James-Danny Love, 81-80-76—237; 13. Mark Adkins-Curtis Baze, 82-80-80—242.

SEVENTH FLIGHT

1. Pete Glover-Skeet Glover, 72-77-76—225; 2. Roy Hunt-James Wright, 74-77-77—228 (won scorecard playoff); 3. Dan Brazelton-Blake Brazelton, 75-73-80—228; 4. Jim Ward-Brad Ward, 76-75-78—229; 5. (tie) Mark M. Allen-Barry Wright, 73-76-81—230; and Kevin Bartley-Thad Bartley, 75-76-79—230; 7. David Barton-Phil Youngblood, 77-78-77—232; 8. Mike Adams-Charles Notley, 77-80-77—234; 9. Bobby Longshore-Eddie Thompson, 78-81-78—237; 10. (tie) Tommy Melton-W.E. Tinkler, 76-82-80—238; and Jerry Hix-Terry Shipman, 77-84-77—238; 12. Todd Brooks-John Wilkins, 78-75-87—240; 13. Steve Main-Paul Treadwell, 78-79-84—241.

EIGHTH FLIGHT

1. Robbie Richards-Patrick Overby, 79-73-75—227; 2. Colby Brazile-Chris Thompson, 79-73-79—231; 3. Mike Bridges-David Long, 82-78-75—235; 4. Kevin Coombes-Frosty Gilliam Jr., 80-79-77—236; 5. Blake Batte-Brian Whytlaw, 80-78-79—237; 6. (tie) Kenneth Black-Danny Cruzan, 80-78-80—238; and Robert Blomshield-Michael Moore, 80-76-82—238; 8. (tie) Lance Daniels-Nathan Pennington, 79-79-81—239; and Phil Fouche-Todd Fouche, 81-79-79—239; 10. Jim Brown-David Callaway, 81-77-82—240; 11. Tom Carrens-Foy McCelland, 80-80-84—244; 12. Jim Breaux-Trapper O’Connell, 84-87-80—251; 13. Grayson Hankins-Robert Sims, 83-85-86—254; 14. (tie) David Holt-Jim Rudd, 85-83-87—255; and Doug Ham-Justin Ham, 84-89-82—255.

NINTH FLIGHT

1. Scott Coulter-Bryan Harrison, 71-77-76—224; 2. Travis Fisher-Mike Stahl, 72-83-75—230; 3. Josh Housman-Clay Kemper, 79-77-76—232; 4. Jim Painter-Terry Welsch, 79-77-77—233 (won scorecard playoff); 5. Rodney Hurt-Larry Lee, 73-81-79—233; 6. Joel Edwards-Josh James, 72-79-83—234; 7. Mike Hooper-Keith Little, 78-80-78—236; 8. Shelby Bogan-Frank Deaderick, 79-78-80—237; 9. Terry Miller-Larry Price, 76-84-81—241; 10. (tie) Butch Webb-Dan Young, 79-80-83—242; and Tommy Ward-Greg Wright, 76-87-79—242; 13. Brian Kimbrell-Mark Waters, 79-85-80—244; 14. (tie) Toby Eoff-Chris Rose, 79-81-88—248; and Dewey Bryant-Doak Huddleston, 77-85-86—248.

10TH FLIGHT

1. Ray Elliott-Jeremy Hill, 81-78-81—240 (won scorecard playoff); 2. Martin Graves-Collin Sewell, 85-78-77—240; 3. Toby Tripp-Bryan Tripp, 84-79-78—241; 4. Hal Brockett-Doug Duff, 82-76-86—244 (won scorecard playoff); 5. (tie) Paul Callaway-Mike Tisdale, 82-79-83—244; and Pete Garner-Phillip Godwin, 83-80-81—244; 7. (tie) Frank Eaton-Ben Maytubby, 80-81-84—245; and Richard Carlton-Blake Carlton, 83-75-87—245; 9. Billy Howell Jr.-William Piece, 81-79-87—247; 10. James Gilliland-Rod McLeod, 81-87-83—251; 11. James Kettle-Dave Simpson, 86-83-84—253; 12. Roy Bobbitt-Brad Roberts, 82-83-90—255; 13. Jim Morris-Mike Rizzo, 83-82-93—258; 14. Gene E. Abney-Jim Cameron, 90-84-85—259; 15. Scott Blakely-Mike Marshall, 90-86-84—260; 16. Dennis Graham-Eric Graham, 96-88-87—271.

>> Champions List

1964 — Dean Strack-Stuart Chancellor.

1965 — Rained out.

1966 — Dean Strack-Stuart Chancellor.

1967 — Dean Strack-Stuart Chancellor.

1968 — John Kuykendall-Ray Stoker Jr.

1969 — John Warren-Dan Strong.

1970 — C.H. Martin-Roy Peden.

1971 — Lloyd Lane-Ron Folk.

1972 — Jim Kirby-Ron Folk.

1973 — Bill Bunting-Carl Beard.

1974 — John Kuykendall-Ray Stoker Jr.

1975 — Mickey Jones-Ron Jumper.

1976 — Ron Leverich-Larry Digby.

1977 — Mickey Jones-Steve Thompson.

1978 — Rained out.

1979 — Rained out.

1980 — Mickey Jones-Steve Thompson.

1981 — Ed Brooks-Don Love.

1982 — Ron Jumper-James Wright.

1983 — John Shepperson-Jim Mundell.

1984 — John Shepperson-Jim Mundell.

1985 — Ed Brooks-Don Love.

1986 — Larry Hensley-Mickey Scott.

1987 — Ron Jumper-Ross Wortham.

1988 — Steve Thompson-Mickey Jones.

1989 — Larry Hensley-Ed Brooks.

1990 — Bill Gulley-David Brown.

1991 — Bill Gulley-David Brown.

1992 — Kelly Cox-Steve Whiteside.

1993 — Steve Thompson-Mickey Jones.

1994 — Mickey Jones-Reggie Howell.

1995 — Jeff Moses-Bill Baker.

1996 — Royce Woolard-Keith McKelvy.

1997 — Gary Varnadore-Dean Titsworth.

1998 — Tim Hamilton-Conway Jordan.

1999 — Lance Carrington-Curtis Howard.

2000 — Conway Jordan-Mike Chisum.

2001 — Ryan Heller-Tim Hamilton.

2002 — Reggie Howell-Darren Newhouse.

2003 — Brock Stevens-Chuck Gardner.

2004 — Brett Nichols-Alan Hill.

2005 — Brett Nichols-Alan Hill.

2006 — Jeff Munden-Mickey Scott.

2007 — Ryan Heller-David Dickerson.

2008 — Daniel Campbell-Daniel Pender.

2009 — Shawn Savage-J.D. Dickerson.

2010 — Omar Sanchez-Mike Maes.

2011 — Shawn Savage-Bobby Gee.

2012 — Josh Ham-Brian Madison.

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