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August 5, 2013

Phillips, Hammond share lead

ENID, Okla. — Tulsa Cedar Ridge pro Tracy Phillips doesn’t have a chance to play much competitive golf. Much of his time is spent giving lessons.

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take the Senior South Central Sectional Championship seriously.

“Every tournament is a competitive tournament.  I still like to compete and play well,’’ Phillips said.

Any time you play, you really want to go out and do the best you can. Anytime you beat the course, you’re doing a good job.’’

Phillips indeed did a good job in the first round of the tournament at Oakwood Country Club Monday as his two-under-par 69 was good enough to share the lead with Mike Hammond of the River Wind Casino course.

The lone blot on the round was a bogey on No. 3. He birdied Nos. 1, 14 and 15.

“I had a good round,’’ Phillips said. “I made some putts late. I was hitting the ball well on the front, but I didn’t make any putts. On the back, I was able to make a few putts. That kept the momentum going.’’

Phillips just missed an eagle opportunity on No. 15.

Phillips, a former Jenks High School and Oklahoma State University golfer, is very familiar with Oakwood, having played a number of regular sectional championships there.

“It’s a great golf course,’’ he said. “The course was set up good. It was just a little hot.’’

Hammond, like Phillips, was hot, with three birdies (Nos. 5, 13 and 16) and only one bogey (No. 18).

“I played really well,’’ he said. “I was fortunate. I played pretty consistent and I made all of my short putts.’’

River Wind’s course is being restructured, which has given Hammond more time to work on his game. He plays two to three times a week and “practices a lot more.’’

“It certainly does make a difference,’’ he said. “The course was playing tough today. The wind was up a little bit. The fairways were narrow and the rough was up. It’s very challenging.’’

Defending champion Pat McTigue of Tulsa and Jim Kane of Edmond were a shot back after shooting one-under-par 71s.

McTigue had an interesting round with an eagle on No. 13 being offset by a double bogey on No. 18. He had three birdies (Nos. 1, 9 and 15) and two bogeys (Nos. 4, 10).

Kane was two-under on the front with birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. He was one-over on the back with a birdie on No. 15 and bogeys on No. 10 and No. 18.

Oakwood’s Tim Mendenhall, playing in the separate Hall of Fame tournament, shot a 78.

“I lost a ball on No. 4 and it went downhill from there,’’ he said.

Phillips’ 69 led the Hall of Fame, too. He was followed McTigue, Kane, Vince Bizik of Grove and George Glenn of Tulsa.

The top four finishers in the Senior Championship will qualify for the Professional National Club Championship later this year. Players start teeing off at 8 a.m.

 

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