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The foursome of (from left) Andrew Brooks, Jeremy McGatha, Brennan Clay and Matt Rogers walk off of the 18th green at Cider Ridge after completing Saturday’s first round of the Oxford City Championship. Brooks and Clay are tied for second place, one shot back of Ty Cole. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/Gunghophotos.com)

Oxford, AL – Bogey on final hole kills mood for competitive Cole, but he shoots 64 and leads Oxford City Championship. Clay, Brooks one shot back going into final round

By Joe Medley

Ty Cole didn’t hang around long after bogeying No. 18 during Saturday’s first round of the Oxford City Championship.

He dutifully reported his score, loaded up his equipment and vacated Cider Ridge Golf Club. One of the Calhoun County Golf Tour’s top competitors needed time … and, perhaps, the comfort of his favorite brew.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said later, by phone. “I’m happy to be leading, I’d much rather be leading than be one, two, three, four or seven back, but I’m just too damned competitive with myself.

“I literally could’ve been sub-60 today.”

As things stand, Cole shot 8-under-par 64 to lead Andrew Brooks and Brennan Clay by a stroke going into Sunday’s final round of the Tour’s fifth points event of 2023.

Gary Wigington, Justin Graveman, Dustin Travis and John Rollins are two strokes out of the lead, at 66. They were among 13 players to shoot under 70.

Cole almost didn’t play in the tournament. He backed out just ahead of Thursday night’s release of tee times with the possibility of playing in another tournament. That fell through, and he called Cider Ridge pro Cory Etter on Friday to get back into the Oxford City Championship.

Once in the field, Cole gave himself chance after chance after chance, capitalizing with nine birdies while pursuing his second Tour victory of the season.

“I hit it good all day,” he said. “I think I missed two greens. I had nine birdies and two-putted for five of them. I never really had a good look at eagle, but two-putted for five birdies and made four others.”

A competitor like Cole, however, doesn’t easily shake the could’ve-beens.

“The bad part is I missed three or four 6-foot putts,” he said. “I literally gave a lesson today on how to turn a 58 into a 64.
“I hit it that good, had that many good looks.”

The came No. 18 … the one blemish on an otherwise sparkling scorecard. He hit right of the bunker, and misadventures began.

“I go right under the chip and go into the bunker, hit it out to 8 feet and miss it,” he said.”I was just ready to drive my truck off of a bridge at that point.”

Cole’s nearest competition involves two former Alexandria High teammates who played in the game group. Brooks, who won the Anniston City Championship two weeks ago, and Clay, who has partnered with Brooks in the Buddy Moore Charity Tournament, “fueled off of each other,” Brooks said.

“One of us would make a birdie, and the other would make a birdie,” he said. “If you counted our best ball today, it might’ve been 13, 14 under on our best ball.”

Clay benefitted from a putter change, going with his U-shaped L.A.B. Mezz.1, which had called the “spaceship.”.

“I’ve been kind of struggling putting,” he said. “I don’t have time to practice, so I switched putters.

“I’ve had it for a couple of years. This is the first time it’s been on the golf course.”

First-round scores

CHAMPIONSHIP A FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Ty Cole 64 64
Andrew Brooks 65 65
Brennan Clay 65 65
Gary Wigington 66 66
Justin Graveman 66 66
Dustin Travis 66 66
John Rollins 66 66
Hunter Carr 67 67
Brad Moultrie 67 67
Skylar Dennis 68 68
Chad Calvert 69 69
Tanner Wells 69 69
Mark McCaig 69 69
CHAMPIONSHIP B FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Jeremy McGatha 70 70
Ott Chandler 70 70
Caleb McKinney 71 71
Kenny Okins 71 71
Nick Ledbetter 71 71
Gage Ledbetter 71 71
Chris Sprayberry 72 72
Michael Brice 72 72
Danny Shears 72 72
Bill McCroskey 72 72
Jackson Bowman 72 72
Chase Hollingsworth 72 72
Cam Hurst 72 72
Zac Love 72 72
Landon Straub 72 72
Vance Lewis 72 72
FIRST FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Layton Bussey 73 73
Clayton Owens 73 73
Kevin Daugherty 74 74
Landon Winfrey 74 74
Sawyer Edwards 74 74
Steven Keen 74 74
Tyler Putnam 74 74
Ethan Davis 74 74
Daily Thomas 74 74
Gage Miller 75 75
Jake Goggins 75 75
Chance Harris 75 75
Jason Rich 75 75
Jonathan Pate 75 75
Matt Rogers 75 75
SECOND FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Cain Hollingsworth 76 76
Tyler TenEyck 76 76
Timmy Woodard 76 76
Coleman Messer 76 76
Mason Dennis 76 76
Graham Morrow 77 77
Caleb Morrow 77 77
Keaton Borrelli 77 77
Nick Hubbard 77 77
Josh Chappell 77 77
Henry Pritchard 77 77
Ryan Huff 78 78
Josh Reynolds 78 78
Ryder Hudgins 78 78
Robert Daniel 78 78
Billy Thompson 78 78
Vann Hall 78 78
Nathan Williams 78 78
Nash Messer 78 78
THIRD FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Kobe Messer 79 79
Kilgore Knight 79 79
Jared Waits 79 79
Brock Young 79 79
Chad Humphries 79 79
Greg Shultz 79 79
Daniel Black 79 79
Hanna Dyar 79 79
Tony Hicks 80 80
Landon Holley 80 80
Craig Duncan 80 80
Eric Cannington 80 80
Taylor Morrow 80 80
Benji Turley 81 81
Nate Pearce 81 81
Rick Okins 81 81
FOURTH FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Clayton Chandler 82 82
Brayden Cochran 82 82
Jay Whaley 82 82
Houston Black 82 82
Jimbo Phillips 82 82
Zack Limberis 83 83
Carson Chandler 83 83
Neil Glass 83 83
Blake Drummond 84 84
Eddy Burkes 84 84
Chris Reaves 84 84
Dakota Clark 84 84
Dre Davenport 84 84
Bradley Young 84 84
FIFTH FLIGHT
PLAYER RD.1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Nick Machowicz 85 85
Greg Rainy 85 85
Heath Hammond 85 85
Jason Payne 85 85
Daniel Ricks 85 85
Michael Ledbetter 85 85
Kobie Webb 86 86
Blake Jones 86 86
Shane Lee 86 86
Shane Roney 86 86
Tyrel Tucker 86 86
Johnny Barnes 86 86
Spence Florczak 87 87
Ricky Carden 87 87
Chance Haywood 87 87
Kevin Burgess 87 87
Logan Turner 87 87
SIXTH FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Wade Richardson 89 89
Marc Gaines 89 89
Bailey Masters 89 89
Bart Smith 90 90
Matt Greer 90 90
Chase Thomas 92 92
Wilson Lowe 93 93
Doug Huie 93 93
Alex Whaley 94 94
Adam Benefiel 94 94
Will Sewell 98 98
Daniel Mitchell 99 99
Larry Champion 99 99
Stuart Criss 99 99
Jason Swope 107 107
Palmer Pearce 109 109
Wesley Jenkins NS
Dalton Chandler NS
Tim Turner NS
Kasey Graydon NS
Eric Chandler NS
Andrew Gunnells NS
Trey Hanvey WD
Brian Irwin WD
SENIOR A FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Chip Howell 71 71
David Sanders 74 74
Andy Jenkins 74 74
Gary Austin 76 76
Robbie Hurst 76 76
Mike Granato 77 77
Frank Toland 77 77
David Messer 78 78
Dennis Austin 79 79
Mike Lett 81 81
SENIOR B FLIGHT
PLAYER RD. 1 RD. 2 TOTAL
Charley Estes 82 82
Ted Heim 82 82
Bob Feicht 82 82
Tim Steward 82 82
Anthony Humphries 83 83
Rick Barthel 85 85
Lamar Ward 85 85
Wilton Page 86 86
Buddy Carden 92 92
Lee Clark 97 97

Sunday tee times

(WILL BE UPDATED)

7 a.m.: Lee Clark, Buddy Carden, Wilton Page, Lamar Ward.
7:10 a.m.: Rick Barthel, Tim Steward, Anthony Humphries, Bob Feicht
7:20 a.m.: Dennis Austin, Mike Lett, Charley Estes, Ted Heim.
7:30 a.m.: Mike Granato, Frank Toland, Robbie Hurst, David Messer.
7:40 a.m.: Chip Howell, David Sanders, Andy Jenkins, Gary Austin.
7:50 a.m.: Nate Pearce, Palmer Pearce, Jason Swope, Stuart Criss.
8 a.m.: Larry Champion, Daniel MItchell, Warren Sewell, Adam Benefiel.
8:10 a.m.: Jay Whaley, Alex Whaley, Doug Huie, Wilson Lowe.
8:20 a.m.: Chase Thomas, Bailey Masters, Marc Gaines, Bart Smith.
8:30 a.m.: Wade Richardson, Logan Turner, Kevin Burgess, Chance Haywood.
8:40 p.m.: Tyrel Tucker, Johnny Barnes, Spence Florczak, Ricky Carden.
8:50 p.m.: Shane Roney, Shane Lee, Nick Machowicz, Blake Jones.
9 a.m.: Mike Ledbetter, Daniel Ricks, Jason Payne, Heath Hammond.
9:10 a.m.: Greg Rainy, Kobie Webb, Matt Greer, Dre Davenport.
9:20 a.m.: Dakota Clark, Chris Reaves, Blake Drummond, Eddy Burkes.
9:30 a.m.: Neil Glass, Carson Chandler, Zack Limberis.
9:50 a.m.: Bradley Young, Taylor Morrow, Jimbo Phillips.
10 a.m.: Houston Black, Brayden Cochran, Clayton Chandler, Rick Okins.
10:10 a.m.: Benji Turley, Eric Cannington, Craig Duncan, Landon Holley.
10:20 a.m.: Tony Hicks, Hanna Dyar, Daniel Black, Greg Shultz.
10:40 a.m.: Chad Humphries, Brock Young, Jared Waits, Kilgore Knight.
10:50 a.m.: Kobe Messer, Nash Messer, Nathan Williams, Vann Hall.
11 a.m.: Josh Reynolds, Ryder Hudgins, Robert Daniel, Billy Thompson.
11:10 a.m.: Ryan Huff, Henry Pritchard, Josh Chapple, Nick Hubbard.
11:20 a.m.: Keaton Borrelli, Caleb Morrow, Graham Morrow, Mason Dennis.
11:30 a.m.: Cain Hollingsworth, Tyler TenEyck, Timmy Woodard, Colman Messer.
11:40 a.m.: Matt Rogers, Jonathan Pate, Jason Rich, Chance Harris.
Noon: Gage Miller, Jake Goggins, Daily Thomas, Ethan Davis.
12:10 p.m.: Landon Winfrey, Sawyer Edwards, Steven Keen, Tyler Putnam.
12:20 p.m.: Kevin Daugherty, Clayton Owens, Layton Bussey, Vance Lewis.
12:30 p.m.: Landon Straub, Zac Love, Chase Hollingsworth, Cam Hurst.
12:50 p.m.: Michael Brice, Danny Shears, Billy McCroskey, Jackson Bowman.
1 p.m.: Chris Sprayberry, Gage Ledbetter, Nick Ledbetter, Kenny Okins.
1:10 p.m.: Caleb McKinney, Ott Chander, Chad Calvert, Jeremy McGatha.
1:20 p.m.: Mark McCaig, Tanner Wells, Skylar Dennis, Brad Moultrie.
1:30 p.m.: Hunter Carr, John Rollins, Dustin Travis, Justin Graveman.
1:50 p.m.: Andrew Brooks, Gary Wigington, Brennan Clay, Ty Cole.

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