E.A. Sports Today

Fit to be Ty’d

Bogey on final hole kills mood for competitive Cole, but he shoots 64 and leads Oxford City Championship. Clay, Brooks one shot back going into final round

By Joe Medley
East Alabama Sports Today

CIDER RIDGE — Ty Cole didn’t hang around long after bogeying No. 18 during Saturday’s first round of the Oxford City Championship.

He dutifully reported his score, loaded up his equipment and vacated Cider Ridge Golf Club. One of the Calhoun County Golf Tour’s top competitors needed time … and, perhaps, the comfort of his favorite brew.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said later, by phone. “I’m happy to be leading, I’d much rather be leading than be one, two, three, four or seven back, but I’m just too damned competitive with myself.

“I literally could’ve been sub-60 today.”

As things stand, Cole shot 8-under-par 64 to lead Andrew Brooks and Brennan Clay by a stroke going into Sunday’s final round of the Tour’s fifth points event of 2023.

Gary Wigington, Justin Graveman, Dustin Travis and John Rollins are two strokes out of the lead, at 66. They were among 13 players to shoot under 70.

Cole almost didn’t play in the tournament. He backed out just ahead of Thursday night’s release of tee times with the possibility of playing in another tournament. That fell through, and he called Cider Ridge pro Cory Etter on Friday to get back into the Oxford City Championship.

Once in the field, Cole gave himself chance after chance after chance, capitalizing with nine birdies while pursuing his second Tour victory of the season.

“I hit it good all day,” he said. “I think I missed two greens. I had nine birdies and two-putted for five of them. I never really had a good look at eagle, but two-putted for five birdies and made four others.”

A competitor like Cole, however, doesn’t easily shake the could’ve-beens. 

“The bad part is I missed three or four 6-foot putts,” he said. “I literally gave a lesson today on how to turn a 58 into a 64.
“I hit it that good, had that many good looks.”

The came No. 18 … the one blemish on an otherwise sparkling scorecard. He hit right of the bunker, and misadventures began.

“I go right under the chip and go into the bunker, hit it out to 8 feet and miss it,” he said.”I was just ready to drive my truck off of a bridge at that point.”

Cole’s nearest competition involves two former Alexandria High teammates who played in the game group. Brooks, who won the Anniston City Championship two weeks ago, and Clay, who has partnered with Brooks in the Buddy Moore Charity Tournament, “fueled off of each other,” Brooks said.

“One of us would make a birdie, and the other would make a birdie,” he said. “If you counted our best ball today, it might’ve been 13, 14 under on our best ball.”

Clay benefitted from a putter change, going with his U-shaped L.A.B. Mezz.1, which had called the “spaceship.”.

“I’ve been kind of struggling putting,” he said. “I don’t have time to practice, so I switched putters.

“I’ve had it for a couple of years. This is the first time it’s been on the golf course.”

First-round scores

Ty Cole6464
Andrew Brooks6565
Brennan Clay6565
Gary Wigington6666
Justin Graveman6666
Dustin Travis6666
John Rollins6666
Hunter Carr6767
Brad Moultrie6767
Skylar Dennis6868
Chad Calvert6969
Tanner Wells6969
Mark McCaig6969
Jeremy McGatha7070
Ott Chandler7070
Caleb McKinney7171
Kenny Okins7171
Nick Ledbetter7171
Gage Ledbetter7171
Chris Sprayberry7272
Michael Brice7272
Danny Shears7272
Bill McCroskey7272
Jackson Bowman7272
Chase Hollingsworth7272
Cam Hurst7272
Zac Love7272
Landon Straub7272
Vance Lewis7272
Layton Bussey7373
Clayton Owens7373
Kevin Daugherty7474
Landon Winfrey7474
Sawyer Edwards7474
Steven Keen7474
Tyler Putnam7474
Ethan Davis7474
Daily Thomas7474
Gage Miller7575
Jake Goggins7575
Chance Harris7575
Jason Rich7575
Jonathan Pate7575
Matt Rogers7575
Cain Hollingsworth7676
Tyler TenEyck7676
Timmy Woodard7676
Coleman Messer7676
Mason Dennis7676
Graham Morrow7777
Caleb Morrow7777
Keaton Borrelli7777
Nick Hubbard7777
Josh Chappell7777
Henry Pritchard7777
Ryan Huff7878
Josh Reynolds7878
Ryder Hudgins7878
Robert Daniel7878
Billy Thompson7878
Vann Hall7878
Nathan Williams7878
Nash Messer7878
Kobe Messer7979
Kilgore Knight7979
Jared Waits7979
Brock Young7979
Chad Humphries7979
Greg Shultz7979
Daniel Black7979
Hanna Dyar7979
Tony Hicks8080
Landon Holley8080
Craig Duncan8080
Eric Cannington8080
Taylor Morrow8080
Benji Turley8181
Nate Pearce8181
Rick Okins8181
Clayton Chandler8282
Brayden Cochran8282
Jay Whaley8282
Houston Black8282
Jimbo Phillips8282
Zack Limberis8383
Carson Chandler8383
Neil Glass8383
Blake Drummond8484
Eddy Burkes8484
Chris Reaves8484
Dakota Clark8484
Dre Davenport8484
Bradley Young8484
Nick Machowicz8585
Greg Rainy8585
Heath Hammond8585
Jason Payne8585
Daniel Ricks8585
Michael Ledbetter8585
Kobie Webb8686
Blake Jones8686
Shane Lee8686
Shane Roney8686
Tyrel Tucker8686
Johnny Barnes8686
Spence Florczak8787
Ricky Carden8787
Chance Haywood8787
Kevin Burgess8787
Logan Turner8787
Wade Richardson8989
Marc Gaines8989
Bailey Masters8989
Bart Smith9090
Matt Greer9090
Chase Thomas9292
Wilson Lowe9393
Doug Huie9393
Alex Whaley9494
Adam Benefiel9494
Will Sewell9898
Daniel Mitchell9999
Larry Champion9999
Stuart Criss9999
Jason Swope107107
Palmer Pearce109109
Wesley JenkinsNS
Dalton ChandlerNS
Tim TurnerNS
Kasey GraydonNS
Eric ChandlerNS
Andrew GunnellsNS
Trey HanveyWD
Brian IrwinWD
Chip Howell7171
David Sanders7474
Andy Jenkins7474
Gary Austin7676
Robbie Hurst7676
Mike Granato7777
Frank Toland7777
David Messer7878
Dennis Austin7979
Mike Lett8181
Charley Estes8282
Ted Heim8282
Bob Feicht8282
Tim Steward8282
Anthony Humphries8383
Rick Barthel8585
Lamar Ward8585
Wilton Page8686
Buddy Carden9292
Lee Clark9797

Sunday tee times


7 a.m.: Lee Clark, Buddy Carden, Wilton Page, Lamar Ward.
7:10 a.m.: Rick Barthel, Tim Steward, Anthony Humphries, Bob Feicht
7:20 a.m.: Dennis Austin, Mike Lett, Charley Estes, Ted Heim.
7:30 a.m.: Mike Granato, Frank Toland, Robbie Hurst, David Messer.
7:40 a.m.: Chip Howell, David Sanders, Andy Jenkins, Gary Austin.
7:50 a.m.: Nate Pearce, Palmer Pearce, Jason Swope, Stuart Criss.
8 a.m.: Larry Champion, Daniel MItchell, Warren Sewell, Adam Benefiel.
8:10 a.m.: Jay Whaley, Alex Whaley, Doug Huie, Wilson Lowe.
8:20 a.m.: Chase Thomas, Bailey Masters, Marc Gaines, Bart Smith.
8:30 a.m.: Wade Richardson, Logan Turner, Kevin Burgess, Chance Haywood.
8:40 p.m.: Tyrel Tucker, Johnny Barnes, Spence Florczak, Ricky Carden.
8:50 p.m.: Shane Roney, Shane Lee, Nick Machowicz, Blake Jones.
9 a.m.: Mike Ledbetter, Daniel Ricks, Jason Payne, Heath Hammond.
9:10 a.m.: Greg Rainy, Kobie Webb, Matt Greer, Dre Davenport.
9:20 a.m.: Dakota Clark, Chris Reaves, Blake Drummond, Eddy Burkes.
9:30 a.m.: Neil Glass, Carson Chandler, Zack Limberis.
9:50 a.m.: Bradley Young, Taylor Morrow, Jimbo Phillips.
10 a.m.: Houston Black, Brayden Cochran, Clayton Chandler, Rick Okins.
10:10 a.m.: Benji Turley, Eric Cannington, Craig Duncan, Landon Holley.
10:20 a.m.: Tony Hicks, Hanna Dyar, Daniel Black, Greg Shultz.
10:40 a.m.: Chad Humphries, Brock Young, Jared Waits, Kilgore Knight.
10:50 a.m.: Kobe Messer, Nash Messer, Nathan Williams, Vann Hall.
11 a.m.: Josh Reynolds, Ryder Hudgins, Robert Daniel, Billy Thompson.
11:10 a.m.: Ryan Huff, Henry Pritchard, Josh Chapple, Nick Hubbard.
11:20 a.m.: Keaton Borrelli, Caleb Morrow, Graham Morrow, Mason Dennis.
11:30 a.m.: Cain Hollingsworth, Tyler TenEyck, Timmy Woodard, Colman Messer.
11:40 a.m.: Matt Rogers, Jonathan Pate, Jason Rich, Chance Harris.
Noon: Gage Miller, Jake Goggins, Daily Thomas, Ethan Davis.
12:10 p.m.: Landon Winfrey, Sawyer Edwards, Steven Keen, Tyler Putnam.
12:20 p.m.: Kevin Daugherty, Clayton Owens, Layton Bussey, Vance Lewis.
12:30 p.m.: Landon Straub, Zac Love, Chase Hollingsworth, Cam Hurst.
12:50 p.m.: Michael Brice, Danny Shears, Billy McCroskey, Jackson Bowman.
1 p.m.: Chris Sprayberry, Gage Ledbetter, Nick Ledbetter, Kenny Okins.
1:10 p.m.: Caleb McKinney, Ott Chander, Chad Calvert, Jeremy McGatha.
1:20 p.m.: Mark McCaig, Tanner Wells, Skylar Dennis, Brad Moultrie.
1:30 p.m.: Hunter Carr, John Rollins, Dustin Travis, Justin Graveman.
1:50 p.m.: Andrew Brooks, Gary Wigington, Brennan Clay, Ty Cole.

Cover photo: The foursome of (from left) Andrew Brooks, Jeremy McGatha, Brennan Clay and Matt Rogers walk off of the 18th green at Cider Ridge after completing Saturday’s first round of the Oxford City Championship. Brooks and Clay are tied for second place, one shot back of Ty Cole. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/Gunghophotos.com)

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