Records on line for Larry

He’s locked up senior player of the year honors for the third consecutive year, but Kenny Larry still has plenty to play for in this weekend’s Regions Cup season finale.


With a victory in the Jones Creek Classic, which begins Saturday, Larry would:

Break Mike Jackson’s Regions Cup single-season victory record of five, set in 2004.

Break Jackson’s record for consecutive victories of three, also set in 2004.

Tie Jackson and Ed Payne’s record for career senior division victories with 13.

With last week’s victory in the Orville White Cup at Midland Valley, Larry clinched the senior player of the year title. It gave him the option of sitting out the Jones Creek tournament, which he considered doing.

He decided to sign up on Wednesday because of the records on the line if he were to win.

“If I would have taken second place (at the Orville White) and locked up the player of the year, I’m almost certain I wouldn’t have played this week,” said the 53-year-old Larry, who is the defending champion at Jones Creek.

He also considered the wishes of his father, Melvin, who is visiting this week from Sacramento, Calif., where Larry grew up.

“I told him I’d do either or, and he said ‘whatever you want to do,’” Larry said.

Larry, who has won seven times over the past two seasons, also doesn’t want to stop when he’s hot.

“I’m playing good and you never know when that’s going to stop,” he said. “With the snap of the fingers, it could be gone. The show may end at any time.”

That’s what happened to Jackson, who won four times in 2003 and five in 2004. Starting in 2005, when he turned 56, Jackson has won twice, including once this year.

One record Larry won’t break is Jackson’s record for Regions Cup points in a season.

Under a format where players earn points for top 20 finishes (75 for a win, 50 for second, 40 for third on down to 1 for 20th place), Jackson played in 10 events in 2004 and had 605 points. He had five wins, three second-place finishes and two thirds.

This season, Larry has five wins, a fourth-place finish, a fifth-place and a tie for 12th.

A victory this weekend would give him 514 points. He will have played in nine of 10 events.

Larry attributes his success and consistency to the fact he’s the “ultimate grinder. I work from shot to shot. When I don’t have my ‘A’ game going, I can still get something out of my game.”

There is still some drama remaining in the race for the regular division’s player of the year title.

Doug Weiss has a 41-point lead over Adam McKenney and a 51-point edge over Jay Blackburn, the only players who can catch him.

With McKenney skipping the event, Blackburn would have to win (75 points) and hope Weiss finished sixth (20 points) or worse to overtake Weiss, the 2008 player of the year.



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