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April 5, 2013

Fourball appears to be wide open

ENID, Okla. — There’s one safe prediction for the annual Dick Lambertz Memorial Enid Fourball, which tees off today at Meadowlake Golf Course and Oakwood Country Club: There won’t be a repeat of last year’s champions.

Defending champions Colby Shrum and Rusty Ward are not back to defend their championship after winning the title by three shots over Troy Rasp and Josh Bugg a year ago with a 14-under par 270.

“Picking a winner is hard to call,’’ said Meadowlake pro Cody Lack, who will host the championship flight today. “All it takes is for one person to be on. Neither of them don’t necessarily have to be on as long as they are not both off on the same hole.’’

The championship flight, which will be decided by medal play, will have a competitive field, despite having only 10 teams.

Only four teams — Heath Myers-Keith Campbell, Reggie Redwine-Gary Wilson, David Meek-Lucas McCoy and Travis Stout-Rod Stout are back from the eight teams that made the 36-hole cut a year ago.

Myers and Campbell won the Fourball in 2011 and Myers, the brother-in-law of PGA Tour player Charles Howell III, teamed with Drew Redwine to win the tournament in 2008 with a record score of 255, 29-under par.

Reggie Redwine won the 2003 tournament with Rusty Wilson with a 13-under par 271.

Bugg will be playing with Jay Betchan, who has qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Kyle Tefft will team with Landon Dixon.

Betchan and Tefft did not play in the Fourball last year.

“There are quite a few that could win it,’’ Lack said. “It won’t be won or lost on the first day.’’

Lack said it was difficult to predict a winning score. The winning scores have gone from Myers and Redwine’s 29-under to Brandon Gainer and Todd Dayton winning the 2010 tournament with a 12-under 272.

“The weather is supposed to be good,’’ Lack said, “but no one has been able to practice that much because of the weather. Both courses should be in good shape. We’re excited to get it going.’’

The tournament was originally scheduled to tee off two weeks ago, but was set back because of the weather.

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

The players will switch courses Sunday.

“This is the kick-off to get the (local) season started,’’ Lack said. “Once the Fourball gets going, it gets everything else going.’’

The first and second flights are particularly deep with several ex-championship flight players in the field, Lack said.

 Lack said match play always makes for good competition. The upper flights have had their share of 19 and 20-hole matches.

“Anything can happen,’’ he said.

Of course, it’s a chance for high school golf coaches to show what they can do on the course.

Pioneer coaches Jaison Williams and David Norton are a long-time team.

Enid coach David Lee got to the finals of fourth flight last year where he and partner Kris Ferguson lost to Brandon Beckett and Chris Brown, 2-up. Lee and Ferguson have moved up to the third flight.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Dick Lambertz, who won his last Fourball title in 1992 with Jody Grigsby.

Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.

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