E.A. Sports Today

Another three-peat

Cole wins Cherokee County’s Dub Ellis Invitational for third year in a row, his third three-peat this summer

Ty Cole pitches to a tight pin on No. 17. On the cover, Cole accepts the first prize from tournament director Steve Baker. (Photos by Shannon Fagan)

By Shannon Fagan
Special to East Alabama Sports Today

CENTRE – Ty Cole used to hate playing the course at the Cherokee County Country Club, but the past three years he’s grown to appreciate it.

Cole put a 3-under-par 68 Sunday with his opening-round 64 and won the Dub Ellis Invitational here for the third year in a row. His 10-under 132 was seven ahead of runner-up Chad Calvert, the last player to win the event before Cole went on his run.

He is believed to be the first player to win the event three years in a row. It would be the third tournament this year he’s completed a three-peat, adding the Gadsden Invitational and Sunny King Charity Classic (with Gary Wigington).

“I think this tournament is starting to grow on me,” Cole said. “Today (Sunday) was a struggle-especially early on, but then I kind of got the ship righted a little bit on the front and then just kind of kept it between the ditches on the back nine. Any win is good. I’ll take it. I don’t care if it’s ugly or not, but it was a struggle early on.”

Calvert started the day one shot off the lead. Centre native David Garrett was third at 148.

Byron Reed won the first flight, Skyler Dennis won the second flight, Lee Morgan won the third flight and Blake Erwin won the fourth flight.

Cole currently leads the player points standings on the Calhoun County Golf Tour. He and Wigington are the only players with a mathematical shot to win Calhoun County Player of the Year and Cole said Sunday he would play in the season-ending Calhoun County Championship.

Shannon Fagan is sports editor of the Cherokee County Herald.

Championship Flight

Ty Cole 64-68—132
Chad Calvert 65-74—139
David Garrett 69-79—148
Matt Bell 72-80—152
Ryan Moore 72-81—153
Johnny Neyman 72-WD

First Flight
Byron Reed 75-71—146
Scott Hays 76-73—149
Tim Hill 75-74—149
Dustin Underwood 76-74—150
Chris Cox 75-75—150
Brad Baird 76-75—151
Jake Minnix 75-78—153
Paul Gentry 73-82—155
Larry Guffey 74-82—156
Brian Johnson 76-80—156
Jake Ball 76-82—158
Chad Maples 75-84—159

Second Flight
Skyler Dennis 78-71—149
Chad Ware 78-72—150
Billy Mack Garrett 77-75—152
Sid Garrett 77-75—152
Ricky Hairston 79-76—155
Mason Dennis 78-78—156
Scotty McFry 77-79—156
Carson Garrett 77-84—161
Phillip Hicks 78-84—162
Andy McInvale 80-83—163

Third Flight
Lee Morgan 82-75—157
Monies Webb 81-78—159
Howard Mackey 83-77—160
Ricky Young 81-80—161
Shane Porter 81-81—162
Seth Collett 81-83—164
Jeff Woodall 81-83—164
Larry Barber 82-84—166
Tim Smith 83-87—170
Sean Edwards 82-WD
Nick Higdon 83-WD

Fourth Flight
Blake Erwin 86-81—167
Bubba Smith 86-83—169
Bobby Mintz 84-85—169
Stan McCarley 86-83—169
George Morris 87-83—170
Cason Campbell 84-87—171
Brent Tucker 89-85—174
John Rendina 87-90—177
Thomas Russell 92-91—183
Mark Harper 94-WD

Runner-up Chad Calvert pitches onto the green. (Photo by Jake Minnix)

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