A trio of incoming Wallace State freshmen are in striking distance of the leaders after the first round of the 47th annual Spirit of America Classic Thursday at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur.
Recent Good Hope graduate Eli Marty is tied for 25th at 1-over, while Sylas Elliott (Cullman) and Zach Weaver (Arab) are tied for 31st at 2-over. Four golfers share the top spot at 3-under.
Cold Springs’ Layne Rice, another soon-to-be Lion, was 10-over, the same score turned in by Fairview rising senior Trey Hanvey.
The 143-amateur field will be trimmed to the top 50 and ties after Saturday’s third round of the 72-hole event.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.