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10 Again at Calhoun County Golf Tournament

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Calhoun County – LeCroy matches 10-under-par mastery of ACC from 2022, makes it back-to-back Wilfred Galbraith Invitational championships

Jacob LeCroy tees off on No. 2 at Anniston Country Club on Sunday as (from left) Ty Cole, Freeman Fite and Trey Rouse watch. LeCroy shot 3-under-par 67 Sunday to reach a three-round total of 10 under par for the second year in a row in the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Jacob LeCroy tees off on No. 2 at Anniston Country Club on Sunday as (from left) Ty Cole, Freeman Fite and Trey Rouse watch. LeCroy shot 3-under-par 67 Sunday to reach a three-round total of 10 under par for the second year in a row in the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. (Photo by Joe Medley)

By Joe Medley

Ten makes a perfect score in some sports. As a measure of under-par golf, it’s close to perfect for three rounds at Anniston Country Club in tournament conditions.

Score Jacob LeCroy 10 under par for the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational for the second year in a row, and call him a back-to-back champion.

The recently graduated University of South Alabama golfer and star of Donoho’s 2018 state-championship team finished with three consecutive birdies to go 3 under par for Sunday’s final round. It put him at 10-under-par 200 for the tournament, matching last year’s subversion of the mark.

He beat fellow ACC member Freeman Fite by six strokes after Fite closed within two with six holes to go. Ty Cole, one of three first-round co-leaders who stood within two shots after the second round, finished third at 3-under-par 207.

Birmingham’s Trey Rouse, who plays for Stephen F. Austin University, rounded out the day’s final group, shooting a 69 to finish at 208.

How did LeCroy feel about matching his 10-under number from last year?

Freeman Fite tees off on No. 2 at Anniston Country Club during Sunday’s final round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. He finished second, six strokes back of Jacob LeCroy. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Freeman Fite tees off on No. 2 at Anniston Country Club during Sunday’s final round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. He finished second, six strokes back of Jacob LeCroy. (Photo by Joe Medley)

“Well,” he said with a sheepish grin, “it tells me I didn’t get any better. No, I’m kidding.”

LeCroy led by two strokes coming into Sunday. The edge quickly moved to three when Cole bogeyed No. 2 and stayed there until he ued the driver for the first time of the day, drove to the edge of the No. 7 green, chipped to within 3 feet and birdied to make it a four-stroke lead.

A Cole bogey plus Fite’s 8-foot birdie putt on 8 moved Fite ahead of Cole and alone in second place and within three strokes of LeCroy.

Cole answered by chipping to within a foot of the hole to set up a birdie on No. 9, and his 20-foot birdie putt on 10 moved him back to within a tie for second, three strokes back.

Fite’s birdie on 11 plus LeCroy’s bogey on 12 closed the gap to within two shots, and LeCroy had two big saves to keep it from getting closer.

His drive on No. 13 settled directly under the lone tree on the left side of the fairway, but he chipped left of the green and used a curved embankment to settle on the back edge. Two putts later, he had par.

His tee shot on No. 14 settled in the bunker just right of the cart path between 12 and 13. He hit out of the bunker to the back-right side of the green and two-putted to save par again.

After a par on 15, LeCroy accelerated to the finish, with birdies on 16, 17 and 18. His approach on 18 parked about a foot right of the hole, prompting cheers from the gallery up the hill, by the club building.

It was a strong finish to a weekend that saw him go 67-66-67.

“I”m tickled to death,” LeCroy said. “I’m really happy with how I played. …

“I don’t think I had a three-putt all week, and that’s huge out here. I don’t know if anybody else can say that, and that’s just special.”

Jacob LeCroy is presented the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational cup by Anniston Country Club pro Steven Driggers on Sunday. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Jacob LeCroy is presented the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational cup by Anniston Country Club pro Steven Driggers on Sunday. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Fite, another ACC member, joined the three-way tie for the lead after the first round, shot a 70 on Saturday to fall four strokes off the lead then rallied with a 69 on Sunday to emerge in second place.

“The putts that I needed on the front just didn’t go down, on 4 and 5,” Fite said. “I really needed both of those to kind of get close, and then on the back, I just didn’t leave myself in good places.

“After 11 and 12, coming in, the best look I had was a chip on 14. I just didn’t give myself a chance to make anything.”

Fite called finishing second “disappointing” but likes the way he’s playing.

“I’m playing more this year than I have in a long time,” he said. “I’m playing well, and I’m enjoying it. I’m not just kind of going through the motions like I have.”

Ty Cole approaches on No. 1 at Anniston Country Club during Sunday’s final round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. He finished third. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Ty Cole approaches on No. 1 at Anniston Country Club during Sunday’s final round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational. He finished third. (Photo by Joe Medley)
Calhoun County Golf Tournament

Complete scores

Championship A Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
Jacob LeCroy 67 66 67 200
Freeman Fite 67 70 69 206
Ty Cole 67 68 72 207
Trey Rouse 68 71 69 208
Garrett Burgess 70 69 70 209
Brennan Clay 74 72 72 218
Landon Straub 74 75 70 219
John Rollins 74 75 72 221
Chandler Wilborn 73 75 75 223
Ott Chandler 74 73 79 226
Gary Wigington 78 71 78 227
Jaylon Ellison 69 76 WD WD
Championship B Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
Andrew Brooks 74 78 70 222
Jeff Chapman 71 79 76 226
Jonathan Bailey 74 76 76 226
Scott Martin 75 75 78 228
Jeremy McGatha 77 79 74 230
Chris Cox 73 79 78 230
Chip Howell 77 77 78 232
Hank Smith 76 79 78 233
Rob Svensen 79 76 78 233
Jonathan Pate 79 74 80 233
Timmy Woodard 76 75 84 235
Chad Key 79 77 81 237
Mark Durden 77 79 81 237
Matt Rogers 80 76 84 240
Championship C Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
Tanner Wells 78 79 76 233
Greg Shultz 76 82 76 234
Will Reaves 82 76 76 234
Vance Lewis 74 83 83 240
Matt Hunter 81 82 79 242
Kenny Wright 81 79 87 247
Ryan Huff 81 79 88 248
Cam Hurst 82 84 84 250
Andrew Morris 82 82 88 252
Keaton Borrelli 81 84 89 254
David Kyatt 82 83 WD WD
Senior Division Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
David Sanders 73 80 153
Don Springer 76 77 153
Dennis Staples 79 81 160
First Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Charlie Smith 78 69 147
Jack Svensen 74 73 147
Ryan Powers 75 75 150
Mike Wiedmer 77 76 153
Clay Calkins 76 78 154
Taylor Morrow 76 78 154
Cain Hollingsworth 74 81 155
Will Broome 80 77 157
Ted Heim 78 82 160
Bradley Elliott 80 81 161
Eric Lett 80 82 162
Dru Davenport 78 84 162
Brian Woodfin 77 88 165
David Smith 76 WD WD
Second Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Rusty Whitlow 81 78 159
Graham Morrow 81 78 159
Tyler TenEyck 82 79 161
Caleb Morrow 82 79 161
Trey Hopper 84 79 163
Billy Thompon 81 82 163
Eric Stringer 84 86 170
Austin Elliott 82 88 170
Greg Rainey 83 87 170
Kyle Glover 82 91 173
Corey Mize 82 91 173
Joe Hedgepeth 83 94 177
Third Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Matt Hartdegen 86 81 167
Carson Chandler 85 82 167
David Coffey 86 82 168
Christopher Sprayberry 88 82 170
Houston Black 86 85 171
Taylor Vera 88 84 172
Andrew Gunnels 85 87 172
Trey Stone 86 87 173
Chase Thomas 87 88 175
Mark Cotton 88 88 176
Henry Pritchett 86 92 178
Matt Greer 86 93 179
Taylor Jones 88 92 180
Zach Limberis 88 93 181
Chance Haywood 87 94 181
Jimmy Ulrey 85 WD WD
Fourth Flight
Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Sean Kline 91 85 176
Heath Waldrop 92 88 180
Kenneth Willingham 91 90 181
John Lindsey 96 88 184
Chase Arnold 89 96 185
Mark Gaines 94 91 185
Lucas Boozer 94 91 185
Kolby Slick 94 92 186
Keith Hutcheson 99 96 195
Scott Jimmerson 105 95 200
Marlee Hedgepeth 109 97 206
Adam Benefiel 107 105 212

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