E.A. Sports Today

Another shot

Gary Wigington carries a one-shot lead over Kevin Daugherty into the final round as he seeks his first Wilfred Galbraith ACC Invitational title

 By East Alabama Sports Today
The course was the big winner for the second day in a row as only two golfers shot par or better Saturday in the second round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational at Anniston Country Club.
The tournament has turned into a combination of skill and patience as the tight fairways, high rough and tight pin placements are testing the mettle of the golfers on the Calhoun County Tour. 

Gary Wigington, who carried a share of the lead with Logan Archer into the day, shot 2-over on the front to temporarily fall out of the lead. But he rallied on the back with three birdies to offset one bogey and finished the day with a 71 for a 1-under 139 total and a one-shot lead.
The ACC Invitational is about the only title in the county that has eluded Wigington’s grasp. He has been runner-up here four times, including 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was third last year after carrying a four-shot lead into the final round following a 64 on Saturday, but posted 75 on Championship Sunday.
“I did not hit it too well either day, but scored pretty well,” Wigington said of his showing so far this weekend. “It feels good to have the lead going into tomorrow. This is one piece of the puzzle I would love to get. I’m going to have to play well, but looking forward to it.”
Kevin Daugherty pulled one shot behind Wigington after posting the low round of the day – 69. The former ACC pro birdied two of the first five holes and turned in 1-under.
”I really have no idea how I got here,” he said. ”It’s my home course, so I have a good idea on how to play the holes and you have to stay in the fairway; hitting it long is not an advantage here. I just used a lot of smoke and mirrors out there today.”

Jackson King, a former Donoho golfer now living in Birmingham, had the lead for a while on the back nine before three consecutive bogeys (14,15,16) dropped him back. He posted 71 and finished the day at 1-over for the tournament two shots off the lead.
“It is great to be back here,” said King. ”This was my old home course and I usually play the Sunny King this week, so it was a good time to play in this tournament. The trees have gotten bigger and the fairways narrower than I remember.”

Defending champion Ty Cole started the day at 1-over and bogeyed the first two holes. Three birdies got him back to even for the tournament and it looked like he was going to have a shot at the lead until a double bogey-bogey finish. He’ll complete the final group, playing with Wigington in the final group on the final day for the third Tour event in a row.
Jacob LeCroy had the second best round of the day – 70 – but a first-round 77 left him 7-over for the tournament and eight shots off the lead.
Andrew Gladden, Daniel Gaddis and Charlie Estes lead the three players’ flights that got underway Saturday.

Championship Flight A
Gary Wigington 68-71—139
Kevin Daugherty 71-69—140
Jackson King 70-71—141
Ty Cole 71-73—144
Scott Martin 71-74—145
Randy Lipscomb 71-74—145
Logan Archer 68-77—145
Chip Howell 75-71—146
Lance Evans 73-73—146
Harrison Hughston 69-77—146
Jacob Lecroy 77-70—147
Brennan Clay 73-74—147
Championship Flight B
Jeremy Pannell 76-72—148
Blair Hollan 73-75—148
Garrett Burgess 78-71—149
Jake Goggans 74-75—149
Ryan Howard 74-76—150
Maverick Smith 78-73—151
Clay Calkins 73-78—151
Frank Brady 77-75—152
Ott Chandler 71-81—152
Chris Cox 78-75—153
Gage Miller 75-78—153
Jonathan Pate 77-77—154
Adrian Geeting 76-79—155
Championship Flight C
Chase Hollingsworth 77-79—156
Ryan Huff 76-80—156
Charlie Smith 76-80—156
Landon Winfrey 73-84—157
Matt Rogers 78-80—158
Caleb Morrow 77-81—158
Jeff Bain 78-80—158
Daniel Black 74-84—158
Jeremy McGatha 78-81—159
Hank Smith 76-85—161
Mike Hughston 78-85—163
Jerry Kemp 78-87—165
Kenny Fulmer 77-90—167
Mark Guyther 78-93—171
First Flight
Andrew Gladden 71
Randy Archer 72
Scott Murphree 72
David Sanders 74
Benji Turley 74
Kyle Daugherty 76
Chris Leonhardt 76
Brian Stewart 77
Jared Watts 77
Chris Messer 78
Graham Morrow 79
Eric Messer 79
Second Flight
Daniel Gaddis 80
Chase Thomas 81
Trey Stone 81
Sam Bone 81
John Lindsey 82
Lewis Lecroy 82
Taylor Morrow 82
Timmy Woodard 83
Chance Harris 84
Greg Rainey 85
Rob Davie 85
Kenneth Willingham 85
Patrick Cooper 85
Drew Anderton 85
Third Flight
Charlie Estes 86
Bradley Young 87
Rick Taylor 89
Heath Waldrop 90
Mark Hansil 90
Michael Downey 92
Ken Reeves 100
Kelly Rogers 101
Lamar Ward 103
Sunday tee times
(White tees)
7:30 a.m. – Ken Reeves, Kelly Rogers, Lamar Ward
7:40 – Rick Taylor, Heath Waldrop, Mark Hansil, Michael Downey
7:50 – Patrick Cooper, Drew Anderton, Charlie Estes, Bradley Young
8:00 – Chance Harris, Greg Rainey, Rob Davie, Kenneth Willingham
8:10 – John Lindsey, Lewis Lecroy, Taylor Morrow, Timmy Woodard
8:20 – Daniel Gaddis, Chase Thomas, Trey Stone, Sam Bone
8:30 – Jared Waits, Chris Messer, Graham Morrow, Eric Messer
8:40 – Benji Turley, Kyle Daugherty, Chris Leonhardt, Brian Stewart
8:50 – Andrew Gladden, Randy Archer, Scott Murphree, David Sanders 
(Blue tees)
12:20 p.m. – Jerry Kemp, Kenny Fulmer, Mark Guyther
12:30 – Daniel Black, Jeremy McGatha, Hank Smith, Mike Hughston
12:40 – Landon Winfrey, Matt Rogers, Caleb Morrow, Jeff Bain
12:50 – Adrian Geeting, Chase Hollingsworth, Ryan Huff, Charlie Smith
1:00 – Ott Chandler, Chris Cox, Gage Miller, Jonathan Pate
1:10 – Ryan Howard, Maverick Smith, Clay Calkins, Frank Brady
1:20 – Jeremy Pannell, Blair Hollan, Garrett Burgess, Jake Goggans
1:30 – Lance Evans, Harrison Hughston, Jacob Lecroy, Brennan Clay
1:40 – Scott Martin, Randy Lipscomb, Logan Archer, Chip Howell
1:50 – Gary Wigington, Kevin Daugherty, Jackson King, Ty Cole

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