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Daugherty leads Gadsden Invitational, with scores, pairings; Sunny King Charity Classic update; ACC Parent-Child pairings

By East Alabama Sports Today

GADSDEN — Kevin Daugherty shot 2-under-par 69 Friday and grabbed the opening-round lead in the revived Gadsden Country Club Invitational Friday.

Daugherty, the former Anniston CC pro who got his amateur status back last fall, opened a one-shot lead over Harrison Martin, who played No. 2 at 3A state champion Westbrook Christian this spring and signed to continue his career at North Alabama.

Ty Cole and Bo Hayes are another shot back at 71. Asbury’s Cole won last week’s Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Invitational at Cane Creek and Southside’s Hayes finished tied for seventh at last week’s 100th State Amateur.

Caleb McKinney of Weaver and Gadsden’s Scott Smith both shot 72.

Daugherty’s round was a roller-coaster. He shot 2-over on the front and 4-under on the back — and wasn’t sure how to take it.

“The front was awful … could have been worse,” he said. “Then I shot 4-under on the back. I’m really not sure which one was real. It could go either way tomorrow.”

SUNNY KING UPDATE: With three weeks to go before the first shots are hit, the Sunny King Charity Classic has 166 of its maximum teams registered.

Practice rounds for the tournament begin at all three venues – Anniston Country Club, Cider Ridge Golf Club and Silver Lakes – Monday. Call the facilities for available tee times and rates.

Players can still register to play in the event through the tournament website – www.kingclassic.com.

COUNTY, BUDDY MOORE CALL: Players looking to playing in the 80th Calhoun County Championship and Buddy Moore Classic will have a little longer to wait to register but are encouraged to act quickly when they do.

Tournament organizers will begin taking entries for the County, which returns to Anniston Municipal for the historic 80th playing Aug. 13-14, on July 1. Entries for the Buddy Moore, a two-man charity event that benefits local families, will open the July 11 – the day after the Sunny King Charity Classic.

Players should contact Matt Rogers by text (453-0206) to secure their spot. Entry fee for the County is $120 per player and $125 for the Buddy Moore. The fields are limited to 80 players/40 teams. Both events are expected to fill quickly.

“If you’ve never played a tournament there, it’s a lot of fun,” Rogers said. “People are going to really enjoy both tournaments. I think it’s going to be two hot tickets.”

First-round scores

Kevin Daugherty 69
Harrison Martin 70
Ty Cole 71
Bo Hayes 71
Scott Smith 72
Caleb McKinney 72
Chad Calvert 73
Clay Guerin 74
Tanner Roberts 74
Scott Martin 75
Corbin Holland 75
Clay Smith 76
Dane Moore 76
Mark Durden 77
Josh Ashley 78
Thomas McConnell 78
Chad Maples 78
Luke Armstrong 79
Chris Cox 79
Rad Downey 79
Clayton Chandler 79
Dustin Underwood 79

Saturday pairings
8 a.m. – Wayne Downey, Larry Grimes, Ron Bousman
8:10 – Wayne Ball, Gary Hopper, Roger Jenkins
8:20 – Larry Tierce, Ron Eiland, Roscoe Johnson Jr.
8:30 – Kevin Daugherty, Harrison Martin, Ty Cole
8:40 – Bo Hayes, Scott Smith, Chad Calvert
8:50 – Clay Guerin, Tanner Roberts, Scott Martin, Corbin Holland
9:00 – Clay Smith, Dane Moore, Mark Durden, Clayton Chandler
9:10 – Chad Reavis, Dustin Underwood, Caleb McKinney, Josh Ashley
9:20 – Thomas McConnell, Chad Maples, Luke Armstrong, Chris Cox
9:30 – Rad Downey, Mark Cantrell, Greg Campbell, Rocky Chapman
9:40 – Larry Gilchrist, Mark Spurlock, Jeff Roberts, Don Sutton
9:50 – Ryan Moore, Blake Erwin, J.T. Wright, Danny Dunlap
10:00 – Mark Reeves, Wesley Watkins, Andrew Ford, Trey Vice
10:30 – Steve Lee, Jeff Hammontree, Jon Bailey

At Anniston Country Club

Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. shotgun

1 – Ken Howell-Keith Howell, Frank Turner-Richard Turner
2 – Kevin Wells-Tyler Wells, Kevin Wells-Tanner Wells
8 – Don Whitlow-Trey Sawyer, Don Whitlow-Grant Whitlow, Don Whitlow-Mike Whitlow, Don Whitlow-Rusty Whitlow
9 – Matt Rogers-Isabel Rogers, Michael Downey-Haden Downey, Michael Downey-Ethan Jamison
10 – Brian Woodfin-Anna Marie Woodfin, Brian Woodfin-Alex Woodfin, Mike Hughston-Harrison Hughston
11 – Garrett Burgess-Drennan Burgess, Rob Svensen-Jack Svensen, Rob Svensen-Ross Svensen
13 – Randy Archer-Logan Archer, T.J. McGatha-Jeremy McGatha
14 – Scott Clay-Brennan Clay, Michael Travis-Dustin Travis
15 – Graham Morrow-Caleb Morrow, Clay Calkins-Tyler Calkins
17 – Joseph Lambert-Cal Lambert, Jip Peoples-Jake Peoples
18 – Rich Santagata-Rich Santagata Jr., Guice Potter III-Guice Potter IV.

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