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May 31, 2014

LOCAL GOLF: Wilson remains in cruise control at TP Invitational

CULLMAN — Heading into Day 2 of the TP Invitational, Blaise Wilson didn’t want to take his foot off the gas — even with a six-stroke lead.

Although an even-par 72 might not have been what he had in mind, the former Bearcat was able to extend his advantage to seven shots entering Sunday’s final round at TP Country Club.

“It was a tough day for everyone in my group,” Wilson said. “It was a grind on every hole. My 72 easily could have been a 76 or 77 today.”

Wilson was one under entering the turn before bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 set him back momentarily. However, he was able to battle back to even par on a very tough course.

“I was really surprised I was able to build my lead,” he said. “I thought even if I got back to even someone would have picked up three or four shots on me. I didn’t expect this at all.”

Jake Greer and Sylas Elliott each shot a 73 to fall into second and third place, respectively, while Jake Tucker’s (82) dropped him out of contention. Todd Lindsey shot a 76 to remain in the hunt as well.

Scores from other competitors were unavailable by presstime.

For Wilson, he knows that par will be his friend over the next 18 holes. He plans on making it his best friend, however, so to remain in front and clinch the title.

“I just need to play percentage golf and make them have to chase me and catch me,” he said.

The tournament’s final round will conclude tomorrow. Pick up a Monday edition for results and a story.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.

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