E.A. Sports Today

St. Paul leads, LeCroy low

Donoho’s LeCroy grabs first-round Oxford Invitational lead again; St. Paul leads team race

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Jacob LeCroy was in a familiar spot after the first round of the Oxford Invitational Monday, sitting on top of the leaderboard. Now, he wants to finish the job.
 
The Donoho senior shot 3-over-par 75 at Cider Ridge Golf Club to grab the individual lead after the first round of this event for the second year in a row. Despite being known as a pretty good closer, he didn’t close this one out last year and finished third while helping the Falcons to the team title.
 
This is the third time the South Alabama signee has had the first-round lead in a tournament this spring; he didn’t finish off the other two. He led the County Tour’s Cane Creek Invitational after 18 holes on the same day he won the Glencoe Invitational at Silver Lakes and he held the overnight lead in the Calhoun County Tournament.
 
But he finished seventh at Cane Creek after a dreadful putting day and lost in a playoff for second at the County Tournament. He was third here last year behind Bremen’s Tyler Lipscomb and Cedar Bluff’s Nick Sawyer – both of whom are back – after leading by one after the opening round.
 
“I’ve just got to play better golf the second day,” he said.
 
On Monday, he played good enough, grabbing a two-shot lead over four players – Oxford’s Jake Munroe, Pell City’s Tanner Wilder and St. Paul teammates Blake Bahos and John Gaal. St. Paul posted 321 as a team and leads James Clemens 17 shots.
 
LeCroy had four birdies Monday. He birdied his first hole of the day, then birdied 8, 9 and 11. He also had five bogeys and a double.
 
“I played OK today,” he said. “I hit a lot of good shots. I’ve been hitting all my wedges long all week – those have been way off – but besides that I’m hitting everything else really well.
 
“I’ve played bad for this last week but I figured out what I’ve been doing and came out here today and played good. I’m making a lot of birdies, but I’m making a lot of bogeys; it’s probably been a week since I’ve last had a round without a bogey. In the (Anniston CC) club championship (this past weekend) I had four bogeys, a double and a triple and shot 2-over.
 
Probably the best thing he did in Monday’s round outside of the mid-round birdie barrage was save bogey at No. 6 after losing his ball off the tee. “After doing that I thought I can play good golf here,” he said.
 
Munroe pulled into the group at 77 with a four-foot birdie on his final hole of the day. It was his best tournament round of the season, topping the second-round 78 he shot in the County Tournament.
 
“It just makes you feel good,” he said. “It makes you feel good when you get on that first tee tomorrow that you’ve got the confidence.
 
“We’re getting ready to go out now and fine tune a few things … so we can come out tomorrow and get our team score down. We just want to have a good round going into our sectionals.”

White Plains 14th at Limestone

ONEONTA – White Plains counted only one score in the 70s and were 14thout of 20 teams after the first day of the Tom Bell Classic at Limestone Springs. Andrew Miller posted the Wildcats’ low score of the day (77). The Wildcats also got an 80 from Gage Miller and 81s from Kenny Okins, Wesley Jenkins and Gavin Burrage.

OXFORD INVITATIONAL
At Cider Ridge GC
First-round scores
Team scores 
St. Paul                       77-77-80-87—321
James Clemens         83-79-90-86—338
Hokes Bluff      81-89-78-92—340
Northridge Blue       83-88-85-85—341
Oxford               77-90-90-93—350
Bremen (Ga.)   78-88-93-91—350
Donoho             80-75-79-119—353
Bob Jones         78-100-95-90—363
Pell City            77-79-106-118—380
Northridge Black     100-98-102-100—400
 
Individual scores
Jacob LeCroy, Donoho 75
Jake Munroe, Oxford 77
Tanner Wilder, Pell City 77
Blake Bahos, St. Paul 77
John Gaal, St. Paul 77
Andre Flores, Bob Jones 78
Josh Jones, Hokes Bluff 78
Tyler Lipscomb, Bremen (Ga.) 78
Holden Abernathy, Donoho 79
Brooks McKellar, James Clemens 79
Austin Burnham, Pell City 79
Harrison Hughston, Donoho 80
Matthew Hunt, St. Paul 80
x-Peyton Bradley, Sacred Heart 81
Tucker Marsh, Hokes Bluff 81
x-Mark Sawyer, Cedar Bluff 82
Jack Mitchell, James Clemens 83
Robert Cooper, Northridge Blue 83
John Wright, Northridge Blue 85
Jackson Allen, Northridge Blue 85
Austin Schamburg, James Clemens 86
Bill Johnson, St. Paul 87
Thomas Gaal, St. Paul 87
Gavin Smedley, Bremen (Ga.) 88
Wesley Copeland, Northridge Blue 88
Matthew Jones, Hokes Bluff 89
Ben Womble, Bob Jones 90
Grayson Waller, James Clemens 90
Nic Boyd, Oxford 90
Trenton Lott, Oxford 90
Gage Driskell, Bremen (Ga.) 91
Jackson Millander, Hokes Bluff 92
Maddox Daniels, Northridge Blue 92
Wyatt Underwood, Bremen (Ga.) 93
Jack Wert, Oxford 93
x-Taylor Harris, Oxford 94
Scott Reid, Bob Jones 95
Brock Cook, James Clemens 95
Caleb Smith, Bremen (Ga.) 97
Ethan Whitcomb, Hokes Bluff 97
Tripp Oliver, Northridge Black 98
Adam Benefield, Bob Jones 100
Mosley Mason, Northridge Black 100
Will Miller, Northridge Black 100
Landen Souder, Oxford 100
Jacob Colson, Bob Jones 102
Grant Leiter, Northridge Black 102
Jarrett Bowes, Pell City 106
Max Rogers, Northridge Black 110
Paul Garrett Alexander, Pell City 118
Chandler Armstrong, Donoho 119
Bradey Goodson, Donoho 121
x-Sam Payne, Donoho 127
x-Nic Sawyer, Cedar Bluff WD
x-Ryan Folsom, Bremen (Ga.) WD
Ryan Bowling, Pell City WD
x-Individuals

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