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‘Hands full tomorrow’

LeCroy emerges from second round with two-shot lead in Wilfred Galbraith Invitational after he and Cole battle through blazing front nine (updated scores, tee times below)

Jacob LeCroy sizes up a putt as Ty Cole looks on during Saturday’s second round of the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational at Anniston Country Club. (Photo by Joe Medley)

By Joe Medley
East Alabama Sports Today

There came that it’s-on moment Saturday, with Wilfred Galbraith Invitational co-leaders Jacob LeCroy and Ty Cole staring at eagle on No. 3.

Cole rolled his in. LeCroy?

“I barely missed mine,” he said. “I said, ‘Oh no, we’ve got us a battle now.'”

LeCroy prevailed in Saturday’s battle, shooting 4-under-par 66 to lead the war by two strokes going into Sunday’s final round at Anniston Country Club.

Cole shot a 2-under 68, and Freeman Fite, who was tied with LeCroy and Cole after Friday 67s, shot a par 70 and trails by four strokes.

Trey Rouse shot a 71 Saturday to stand tied with Garrett Burgess for six strokes off of the lead. Burgess shot the day’s third under-par round with a 1-under 69.

LeCroy’s and Cole’s eagle showdown on No. 3 was part of a blazing front nine for a college Southern Amateur qualifier playing on his home course and a perennial Calhoun County Golf Tour contender.

LeCroy shot 5-under 29 on the front nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 6,7 and 9.

“It’s been a while since I shot a 29,” LeCroy said, “maybe a year and a half, two years.”

Cole stacked birdies on 5 and 8 on top of his eagle on 3 and shot a 4-under 30 on the front nine. File the 30-foot eagle under things that happen to good players.

“I hit a 3 wood, just like Jacob and got a good bounce,” he said. “He was inside me for eagle. I just had a really good read on it and just barely touched it, and it rolls 30 feet and runs in.”

It was all part of a nine-hole stretch of combustible golf as two of the best golfers connected to Calhoun County pushed each other.

“We both played so good on the front,” LeCroy said. “We were just going back and forth, back and forth, and it was a lot of run.”

It’s hard to hold that level of play for 18 holes, and “it’s just like it went away on the back,” Cole said.

After a birdie on 11 to reach 5 under, Cole bogeyed three of the next four holes then parred out. He came away lamenting a missed 2-foot putt on No. 13.

He missed a 2-footer on No. 15 Friday.

“I think that’s the difference,” Cole said. “He’s got me by two shots.”

Cole and LeCroy figure to play in the same group again during Sunday’s final round. The 48-year-old Cole, who won at Twin Bridges two weeks ago, looks to go back-to-back in the county tour’s third points event of 2023.

“When you get my age, and you come into a final round with a shot, you’re glad to have a shot,” Cole said. “Playing somebody as good as Jacob, the way he’s playing, on his home golf course, I’m going to have to play really, really good golf to even have a chance, to be honest.”

LeCroy looks forward to another fun afternoon.

“Me and Ty, we always butt heads, but we love each other, too,” LeCroy said. “I’ve always thought of him as a great golfer, just like ‘Twig’ (Gary Wigington) or anybody else. I know I’ve got my hands full tomorrow.”

Second-round scores

Championship A Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Total
Jacob LeCroy6766133
Ty Cole6768135
Freeman Fite6770137
Trey Rouse6871139
Garrett Burgess7069139
Jaylon Ellison6976145
Brennan Clay7472146
Ott Chandler7473147
Chandler Wilborn7375148
John Rollins7475149
Landon Straub7475149
Gary Wigington7871149
Championship B Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Total
Jeff Chapman7179150
Jonathan Bailey7476150
Scott Martin7575150
Timmy Woodard7675151
Chris Cox7379152
Andrew Brooks7478152
Jonathan Pate7974153
Chip Howell7777154
Hank Smith7679155
Rob Svensen7976155
Mark Durden7779156
Jeremy McGatha7779156
Chad Key7977156
Matt Rogers8076156
Championship C Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Total
Vance Lewis7483157
Tanner Wells7879157
Greg Shultz7682158
Will Reaves8276158
Ryan Huff8179160
Kenny Wright8179160
Matt Hunter8182163
Andrew Morris8282164
Keaton Borrelli8184165
David Kyatt8283165
Cam Hurst8284166
Senior Division Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Total
David Sanders73NS73
Don Springer76NS76
Dennis Staples79NS79
First Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Jack Svensen74NS74
Cain Hollingsworth74NS74
Ryan Powers75NS75
Taylor Morrow76NS76
Clay Calkins76NS76
David Smith76NS76
Brian Woodfin77NS77
Mike Wiedmer77NS77
Ted Heim78NS78
Charlie Smith78NS78
Dru Davenport78NS78
Will Broome80NS80
Bradley Elliott80NS80
Eric Lett80NS80
Second Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Billy Thompon81NS81
Graham Morrow81NS81
Rusty Whitlow81NS81
Tyler TenEyck82NS82
Caleb Morrow82NS82
Kyle Glover82NS82
Corey Mize82NS82
Austin Elliott82NS82
Greg Rainey83NS83
Joe Hedgepeth83NS83
Eric Stringer84NS84
Trey Hopper84NS84
Third Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Carson Chandler85NS85
Jimmy Ulrey85NS85
Andrew Gunnels85NS85
Matt Hartdegen86NS86
Henry Pritchett86NS86
Trey Stone86NS86
Houston Black86NS86
Matt Greer86NS86
David Coffey86NS86
Chase Thomas87NS87
Chance Haywood87NS87
Mark L. Cotton88NS88
Taylor Jones88NS88
Taylor Vera88NS88
Zach Limberis88NS88
Christopher Sprayberry88NS88
Fourth Flight
PlayerRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Chase Arnold89NS89
Kenneth Willingham91NS91
Sean Kline91NS91
Heath Waldrop92NS92
Kolby Slick94NS94
Mark Gaines94NS94
Lucas Boozer94NS94
John Lindsey96NS96
Keith Hutcheson99NS99
Scott Jimmerson105NS105
Adam Benefiel107NS107
Marlee Hedgepeth109NS109

Sunday’s tee times

8 a.m.David Sanders, Don Springer, Dennis Staples
8:12 a.m.Marlee Hedgepath, Adam Benefiel, Scott Jimmerson
8:24 a.m.John Lindsey, Lucas Boozer, Keith Hutcheson
8:36 a.m.Sean Kline, Heath Waldrop, Kolby Slick, Mark Gaines
8:48 a.m.Zach Limberis, Christopher Sprayberry, Chase Arnold, Kenneth Willingham
9 a.m.Chance Haywood, Mark L Cotton, Taylor Jones, Taylor Vera
9:15 a.m.Houston Black, Matt Greer, David Coffee, Chase Thomas
9:30 a.m.Andrew Gunnels, Matt Hartdegen, Trey Stone, Henry Pritchett
9:45 a.m.Eric Stringer, Trey Hopper, Carson Chandler, Jimmy Ulrey
10 a.m.Kyle Glover, Austin Elliott, Greg Rainey, Joe Hedgepath
10:15 a.m.Rusty Whitlow, Tyler TenEyck, Caleb Morrow, Corey Mize
10:30 a.m.Will Broome, Eric Lett, Billy Thompson, Graham Morrow
10:45 a.m.Charlie Smith, Ted Heim, Dru Davenport, Bradley Elliott
11 a.m.David Smith, Clay Calkins, Mike Wiedmer, Brian Woodfin
11:15 a.m.Ryan Powers, Cain Hollingsworth, Jack Svensen, Taylor Morrow
11:36 a.m.Keaton Borrelli, David Kyatt, Cameron Hurst
11:48 a.m.Ryan Huff, Kenny Wright, Matt Hunter, Andrew Morris
NoonVance Lewis, Tanner Wells, Greg Shultz, Will Reaves
12:15 p.m.Jeremy McGatha, Chad Key, Matt Rogers
12:30 p.m.Hank Smith, Rob Svensen, Mark Durden
12:45 p.m. Chris Cox, Andrew Brooks, Jonathan Pate, Chip Howell
1 p.m.Jeff Chapman, Jonathan Bailey, Scott Martin, Timmy Woodard
1:12 p.m.Chandler Wilborn, John Rollins, Landon Straub, Gary Wigington
1:24 p.m.Garrett Burgess, Jaylon Ellison, Brennan Clay, Ott Chandler
1:36 p.m.Jacob LeCroy, Ty Cole, Freeman Fite, Trey Rouse

Cover photo: Jacob LeCroy (right) and Ty Cole (left) shake hands as Freeman Fite looks on after completing second-round play Saturday in the Wilfred Galbraith Invitational at Anniston Country Club. (Photo by Joe Medley)

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