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April 6, 2013

64 surprises Fourball leaders

ENID, Okla. — Kyle Tefft and Landon Dixon haven’t been on the golf course too much this spring.

“We have been working too much,’’ said Tefft with a laugh.

Maybe practice doesn’t make perfect.

Tefft and Dixon didn’t show any rust during the first round of the Dick Lambertz Memorial Enid Fourball as they teamed for an eight-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over Jay Betchan and Josh Bugg.

Heath Myers and Keith Campbell, who won the tournament in 2011, were third with a three-under par 68.

“A 64 was as good as we we’re going to shoot today,’’ Tefft said. “We’re definitely happy about it.’’

The highlight of the bogey-free round was Dixon’s chip-in for an eagle on the par four 17.

“That was big,’’ Dixon said. “Kyle carried me all day. We partner up well. When one of us had trouble on a hole, the other one backed it up.’’

Tefft had four birdies — Nos. 1, No. 6, No. 11 and No. 15. He just missed an eagle putt on the sixth hole.

Dixon had a birdie on No. 10.

“We played really well,’’ Tefft said. “Everything went really good.’’

“I was surprised,’’ Dixon said. “We hadn’t played that much. We shot as well as we could. We’ll take it.’’

Betchan and Bugg, playing with Tefft and Dixon, were able to survive bogeys on Nos. 2 and No. 13.

Betchan had an eagle on the par five No. 6 and birdies on Nos. 3, 15 and 17. Bugg had birdies on Nos. 5, 9 and No. 18.

“Every time we made a birdie, they made a birdie,’’ Betchan said. “When the team that you’re playing is playing that well, you feed off it. It was a lot of fun.’’

Betchan, who has qualified for the National Mid-Amateur, is playing in the Fourball after a five-year absence.

“When they moved it up (the event was supposed to have started two weeks ago but was delayed because of weather), I wanted to play more,’’ Betchan said. “I’m a lot more excited about playing in the 70s than in the snow. I’ve never played with Josh in a team event before and we had a real good time.’’

Myers and Campbell had their traditional slow start. They bogeyed the second hole and made the turn at even par after a birdie on No. 7.

They rallied for a three-under 32 on the back with a bogey on No. 14 being offset by birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 15 and No. 18.

“A 68 is OK,’’ Myers said. “We played better on the back nine. We showed some signs of shooting a low score tomorrow.’’

“We played mediocre,’’ Campbell said. “Heath hit the ball very well. I got lucky and made a couple of putts, that’s about it.’’

Lucas McCoy and David Meek were the only other players under par with a one-under-par 70. Their round included four birdies (Nos. 2, 6, 9 and 10) and three bogeys (Nos. 1, 7 and 18).

Kingfisher’s Gary Wilson and Reggie Redwine, a perennial power duo, shot an even-par 71. They had three birdies (Nos. 4, 6 and 17) and three bogeys (Nos. 1, 14 and 18).

The championship, first, second and third flights move to Oakwood today. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh flights will be played at Meadowlake.

The championship flight will be cut down to the top six teams and ties.

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