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Burgess, Ellison in hunt for Emerald Coast Tour Championship, Etter-Lane set Hwy. 9 record

By East Alabama Sports Today

GAUTIER, Miss. — Garrett Burgess and Jaylon Ellison go into Monday’s final round of the Emerald Coast Tour’s Golden Nugget Tour Championship with leaders in their sights and looking for something good to happen.

Both Anniston players shot 4-under-par 68s Sunday at Hickory Hill Country Club. It left Burgess at 132 for the championship that pays $10,000 to the winner, one shot behind co-leaders Jimmy Brandt and Glen Day. Ellison, one of two amateurs in the field, is two shots off the pace.

Burgess played bogey-free for the second day in a row – only this time he didn’t make as many putts as the day before. He had a pair of two-putt birdies on the par-5s and two others that were tap-ins. Two of his birdies came on the final four holes, but wasn’t the gettable par-5 18th.

“I made several five- and six-footers for par,” he said. “I’ve been lucky.”

He’ll play in the final group Monday with the co-leaders.

“I’m going to try to stay with them and make some putts,” he said. “The best thing is to get ahead early and force them to force some things.”

If Ellison is in contention coming into the final holes, you’d figure he’s going to good about his chances bringing it home.

For the second day in a row, he played 16, 17 and 18 in 3-under-par. On Saturday, he did it with three straight birdies. On Sunday he did it with a birdie on 17 and an eagle at 18. He made a double-eagle on 18 in his practice round.

“They just set up good to my eye,” Ellison said. “I definitely enter those holes with somewhat confidence. Hopefully I’ll have some pressure on me to make those three holes make a difference.”

Kyle Sapp, a past champion of the Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Am at Cane Creek, had the low round of the day (65) to move into a tie for sixth. Former Anniston resident Nick Rousey is tied for eighth (140). Former Oxford player Nathan Bennett is 19th after rounds of 77-75.

Etter-Lane win Highway 9 Challenge by 4 shots

CENTRE – Cory Etter and Trevor Lane shot 13-under-par 58 at Cherokee County CC Sunday to set the tournament scoring record and win the Highway 9 Challenge by four shots.

Etter and Lane shot 31-under-par 112 for the two-day event, breaking by four the record set by Etter and his father Rich. Etter made a 40-foot birdie putt from the fringe at No. 12 to break the old record.

“I figured we had to break the record to win because the field was so strong,” Etter said. “It was the strongest field we’ve had in this tournament and, to me, one of the strongest two-mans in this area in a long time. You had a lot of good scores there.”

Ott and Dalton Chandler finished second at 116. Jeremy McGatha-Matt Rogers and Andrew Lee-Jeff Watkins finished tied for third at 26-under.

Bo and Pat Abney won the first flight (126). David Martin and T.J. McGatha won the second flight (131) with a birdie on 18

Golden Nugget ECT Tour Championship
At Hickory Hill CC, Gautier, Miss.

Jimmy Brandt, Auburn 64-67—131
Glen Day, Little Rock, Ark. 64-67—131
Garrett Burgess, Anniston 64-68—132
a-Jaylon Ellison, Anniston 65-68—133
Pope Sprueill, Livingston 68-69—137
Chase Blaich, Defuniak Springs, Fla. 72-67—139
Kyle Sapp, Gardendale 74-65—139
Nick Rousey, Pensacola, Fla. 68-72—140
Michael Arnuaud, Mandeville, La. 73-67—140
Brandon Godwin, Montgomery 68-73—141
Jared Garcia, Jacksonville, Fla. 71-71—142
Cole Claassen, Ozark 73-70—143
Evan Berry, Gulfport, Miss. 73-72—145
Jordan Anderton, Birmingham 73-72—145
a-Trent Adams, Korisco, Miss. 72-74—146
David Miller, Daphne 75-71—146
Kenny Perry, Ocean Springs, Miss. 77-69—146
Thomas Joiner, Tallahassee, Fla. 74-74—148
Nathan Bennett, Daphne 77-75—142
Jerry Covich, Ocean Springs, Miss. 76-77—143
Andrew Richards, Arkedelphia, Ark. 78-76—154

Highway 9 Challenge
Sunday at Cherokee County CC

Championship flight
Cory Etter-Trevor Lane 54-58–112
Ott Chandler-Dalton Chandler 56-60–116
Andrew Lee-Jeff Watkins 59-58–117
Jeremy McGatha-Matt Rogers 61-56–117
Casey McGinnis-Brady Garrett 61-57–118
Josh Poole-Tony Hicks 57-63–120
Dana Wright-Mike Williams 58-62–120
Benji Turley-Eric Cannington 58-62–120
Jon Bailey-Ricky Hairston 60-63–123
Dennis Austin-Horace Rosmnd 61-63–124
Kenny Fulmer-Blake Fulmer 61-65–126
Graham Morrow-Caleb Bowen 61-67–128

First flight
Bo Abney-Pat Abney 64-62–126
Caden Garrett-David Garrett 64-63–127
Brandon Lewis-Eric Lewis 63-64–127
Jake Minnix-Lee Morgan 65-63–128
Renae Coley-Larry Ballenger 66-64–130
Robin Wood-Trap Wheeler 66-64–130
Randall Doss-Norris Turner 65-67–132
Scotty Grimes-Jay Wilson 66-66–132
Carter Gable-Tom Raleigh 65-68–133
Tim Fulmer-Christian Fulda 66-67–133
Johnny Bentley-Rodney Van Pelt 64-71–135
Wayne Boyd-Grady Sapp 66-77–143

Second flight
David Martin-TJ McGatha 67-64–131
Ricky Young-Stan McCarley 67-64–131
Lenn Coffee-Derek Stewart 68-64–132
Heath Waldrop-Justin Bates 69-66–135
David Stephens-Eddie Cofield 69-67–136
Tyson-Hollingsworth 67-70–137
Steve Borrelli-Ray Stover 69-70–139
Scott Hays-Joe Hays 71-69–140
Joel Hopper-Jud Pike 75-70–145
Jeff Roszell-Jody Roszell 71-76–147

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