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Jeff Chandler, Greg Guinn lead after first round of Commanding General’s Golf Tournament at Fort Campbell’s Cole Park Golf Course
Fort Campbell, KY – Familiar names are atop the leaderboard after the June 8th first round of the Commanding General’s Golf Tournament, at Cole Park Golf Course, with Jeff Chandler leading the Open Division and Greg Guinn setting the pace in the Senior Division.
The tournament concludes June 9th with the final 18 holes, starting with the first tee times beginning at 7:00am.
Chandler fired a six-under 66 to lead a group of eight golfers that carded under-par rounds on the opening day – with Drew Miller just a shot back with a five-under 67, which included a bogie on the final hole of the day.
“I just came out to the tournament trying to have a little fun and didn’t really expect very much out of myself,” Miller said. “I haven’t been playing all that much and I just wanted to come out and see what I could do.
“I feel confident after my round today and hit a bunch of fairways and greens and that’s what you have to do. I just need to hit a few more putts tomorrow.”
Brian Balthrop and Clev Guinn are both three shots back of Chandler after rounds of three-under 69’s.
“I was really happy with my round today and played pretty well all the way around, Guinn said. “Putts weren’t falling as much as you would think that they would, or as they normally do out here, but it was good if you could get the speed right.
“I’m excited about playing tomorrow and hopefully I’ll come out and play like I did today and hope for the best.”
For Balthrop, his round came down to knowing when to take advantage of pin placements.
“I didn’t hit it as well as I wanted too,” he said. “But I picked my spots and when at the pins that were accessible.
“When it was needed to get up and down, I just grinded it out and tried to save as many pars as possible. I had four birdies and a bogey, so it was a pretty clean round for the most part and I’m pretty excited where it stands right now.”
Justin Burney, Tyler Phillips and Colin Walker are all at two-under 70, with Corey Cornell coming in at one-under 71.
In the Senior Division, Guinn leads a pack of five golfers that played the opening round under par.
“There are a lot of good senior players out here, so about all you can do is make a bunch of birdies and put yourself in position for tomorrow. If you can be on the last nine (holes) in contention that’s what you want – that’s what you play for.”
Brad vanKirk is nipping at Guinn’s heels, just a shot back, after carding an opening round four-under 68.
“I’m loving where I’m at after the first 18 holes,” said VanKirk, who also shot an opening round 68 last year on his way to winning the tournament. “If omens mean anything, then I’m in a great spot.
“My round was pretty textbook and I did leave several shots out there, but the round overall wasn’t anything special. I’m going to have to shoot a lower score than I did today to win tomorrow. I’ll probably need to shoot six or seven under to win tomorrow.”
Steve Blackwell and Mike Taylor are three shots back of Guinn, with rounds of two-under 70, while Tom Edwards finished with a one-under 71 opening round.
In the other flights, Brett McHaney and Christian Snook led the Open Division’s First Flight – with two-over 74s, with Tyler Guy (75) one shot back, while John Hahn and Eric Ward are two shots back with 76s.
In the Open Division Second Flight, three golfers – Sam Davis, Carlos Rubert and Ferrell Swindell – lead with 10-over 82s, with nine golfers within three shots of the trio.
In the Senior Division First Flight, six golfers are in a logjam atop the leaderboard with four-over 76s – which includes Mike Bell, Mark Black, Ted Purdom, Jack Smith, Mike Welker and Wayne Woodham.
The Senior Division Second Flight has a four-way tie for the lead after 18 holes, with Rickey Briskey, Dennis Kolb, Jim Riley and Bill Wilkinson all coming in with 10-over 82s.
Commanding General’s Golf Tournament
Cole Park Golf Course
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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