E.A. Sports Today

One for the thumb

Cole comes from two shots back to win the Dub Ellis Invitational for the fifth year in a row

By East Alabama Sports Today  

CENTRE – Ty Cole shot a final-round 68 Sunday to come from two shots back at the start of the day and win the Dub Ellis Invitational at Cherokee County CC for the fifth straight year.  

Cole’s 36-hole total of 7-under-par 135 was six shots better than runner-up Jeremy McGatha. First-round leader Chad Calvert was third (143).

During his five consecutive wins Cole has shot 51-under-par and won by a total margin of 33 shots.  

His 68 was the low round of the day and, with the field backed up to the blue tees for Championship Sunday, the only one under par.

“It’s a big difference on this golf course,” he said. “It’s not so much the distance, but the shots change. I think it works in my favor to back it up, not so much the distance, but it’s difference shots.

“The tee balls change on four, five or six holes. You can’t hit the same tee ball from the white tees as you do from the blue tees. I think that kind of plays in my favor a little bit.”

Cole cut Calvert’s overnight lead in half with a birdie at 2 and then caught him on 3 when Calvert bogeyed.

Calvert, the last player not named Cole to win the tournament, regained a two-shot lead on the next hole when he birdied at Cole bogeyed.  

Cole picked up the two shots with pars on 5 and 6 and the players turned tied for the lead. He took a one-shot lead with a par on 12, then took control with a birdie on 13 to Calvert’s bogey. He birdied 16 and 18 coming home to extend the lead.  

McGatha shot 35 on the back to overtake Calvert for second place.   

David Garrett, Side Garrett and Brian Johnson were the top three finishers in the First Flight. Shane Porter, Scott Hays and Daily Thomas were the top three finishers in the Second Flight.    


At Cherokee County CC, Centre

Championship flight

Ty Cole 67-68—135

Jeremy McGatha 70-71—141

Chad Calvert 65-78—143

Shonn Weldon 72-75—145

Chad Hare 70-80—150

Robin Wood 72-81—153

Matt Rogers 73-81—154  

First flight

David Garrett 75-73—148

Sid Garrett 76-76—152

Brian Johnson 75-77—152

Billy McCroskey 77-75—152

Heath Hammond 77-79—156

Tim Hill 77-79—156

Paul Wynn 78-78—156

Scott McFry 79-78—157

Alex Russell 78-80—158

Chris Cox 77-83—160

Mike Granato 77-85—162  

Second flight

Shane Porter 80-75—155

Scott Hays 80-75—155

Daily Thomas 80-77—157

Kurt Duryea 81-82—163

Greg Hare 83-81—164

Steve Baker 85-81—166

Phillip Hicks 88-80—168

Carson Garrett 88-81—169

Christian Stinson 84-89—173

Jeremy Brazier 92-86—178

Vann Homesley 94-85—179

Thomas Russell 99-NS

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