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May 20, 2013

LOCAL GOLF: Tucker overcomes 3-shot deficit, cruises to Cullman Golf Course Men’s Invitational title

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The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Not long since returning home from another year at Troy University, Jake Tucker made sure his summer break began with a bang.

The Cullman High grad was the only golfer to card sub-par rounds both days of this year’s Cullman Golf Course Men’s Invitational, using a 5-under 67 on Sunday to reach 7-under overall and cruise to the 2013 title.

Todd Lindsey, who began the final day with a three-stroke lead over Tucker and Josh Roberson, finished five shots back in second place after following a first-round 67 with a 3-over 75 on his last 18 holes.

J.J. Adams was extremely consistent the entire event, snagging third with respective rounds of 1-over and 2-under.

Tucker (137), Lindsey (142) and Adams (143) were the Championship A flight’s only golfers with cumulative scores in the red.

Billy Conner (143) and Layne Rice (143) also pulled off the feat in the Championship B group, with Conner edging Cold Springs High’s No. 1 in a playoff for the flight’s top spot. Both players started the Invitational with 2-over 74s on Saturday and concluded it with 3-under 69s to head to extra holes. Sylas Elliott and Hunter Roberts tied for third at 3-over.

Jeremy Willingham’s even-par second round and 5-over total earned him a victory in the first flight. His 149 gave him a four-stroke cushion over Wade Knight and B.D. Little, who tied for second.

Paul Woo and Wade Casey turned in identical 78s on both days, but Woo wound up winning the second flight in a one-hole playoff. Ronnie Golden landed in third six shots back.

Jim Abt and Martin Agnew were deadlocked at 81 after Day 1. Abt did just enough to best his opponent on Sunday, though, narrowly topping Agnew’s 79 with a 78 to best the rest in the third flight. Steve Quick (163) took third.



% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.