E.A. Sports Today

Calvert, Smith lead Etowah Open

Leaders shoot 1-under 70s, lead by two shots

By East Alabama Sports Today

GLENCOE – Chad Calvert and Scott Smith were the only players in the field to post scores under par Saturday and shared the first-round lead in the Etowah County Open at Briarmeade Golf Course.

Smith, a multiple champion of this event, and Calvert, a top 10 player on the Calhoun County Golf Tour, shot 1-under-par 70 and opened a two-shot lead over Blake Fulmer. Randy Lipscomb and Kevin Johnson are another shot back at 73.

Luke Armstrong, another Calhoun County Tour player, is among three players sharing the Championship B flight lead at 78.

Calvert’s round included three birdies and two bogeys.

“I hit it everywhere, but I scrambled all day,” he said. “It was a struggle all day. This whole summer has been a struggle for me.”

Calvert started the season by winning the Indian Oaks Invitational, but hadn’t finished higher than eighth in any of the other five County Tour events he played.

He said to wrap up the season with a bookend victory Sunday would be “nice … just to know I can still compete up there for something.”

ETOWAH COUNTY OPEN
At Briarmeade GC
Championship A
Chad Calvert 70
Scott Smith 70
Blake Fulmer 72
Randy Lipscomb 73
Kevin Johnson 73
Jack Sims 74
Larry Gilchrist 74
Dustin Underwood 75
Jason Shields 76
Jeff McRae 77
Craig Colvaro 77

Championship B
Steve Honda 78
Kent Colvin 78
Luke Armstrong 78
Daily Thomas 79
Clay Jones 80
Nick Higdon 80
Ethan Womack 80
Brian Elkins 81
Jeff Noah 81
Jake Ball 81
Chad Reavis 81
Blake Erwin 82
Phillip Jones 83
Kenny Fulmer 83
Ray Amberson 83
Dale Owens 83
Jake Pennington 83
Scott Hopper 83

First flight
Greg Ford 84
Mark Spurlock 84
Rocky Chapman 85
Brian Fant 87
Trent Ralston 87
Andrew Roden 87
Randy Spurling 88
Josh Wright 88
Jaime Courington 88
Danny Owens 89
Tim Fulmer 89
Kevin Lipscomb 89
Kevin Orell 90
Greg Hare 91
Melvin Fant 91
Corbin Stone 92
Chris Holderfield 93
Matt Moon 98
Adam Smith 100

Senior flight
Neal Keener 73
Wesley Watkins 76
Richard Hollingsworth 78
Lee Vinson 79
David Beason 82
Frank Barnes 84
Mark Spurlock 84
Rick Holiday 85
Bob Hayes 86
Joe Sanders 90
Johnny Willis 90
Ray Strawbridge 91
Alan Walch 102

Super Senior flight
Dan Cosby 74
Gary Hopper 76
Phillip Eades 77
Mike Estes 78
Wayne Ball 79
Larry Moon 83
Ray McClendon 85
Larry Ballard 86
Franklie Leath 87
Charlie Pearce 89



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