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Tyler Guy leads Mann Smith & Cummings Tournament of Champions at Swan Lake Golf Course

 

Written by Marlon Scott

Mann Smith & Cummings Insurance - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Tyler Guy leads an elite field of 8 Clarksville area golfers, after the first round of the Mann Smith & Cummings Tournament of Champions, played at Swan Lake Golf Course, firing a solid 3 under par round of 68.

Guy commented that he was confident off the tee box, and knew his shots would pretty much settle where they landed. The former Rossview High School star and current UT Martin stand-out played with confidence,on a wet and soggy golf course.

Tyler Guy prepares to putt at Swan Lake Golf Course during the first round of the Tournament of Champions.

Tyler Guy prepares to putt at Swan Lake Golf Course during the first round of the Tournament of Champions.

“I felt like I could really attack the golf course, and be more creative with my shots,” he said.

Two time defending Tournament of Champions title holder, Brian Balthrop is just one shot behind the leader, carding a 69 on his home course. The former APSU golfer is confident that the weather won’t affect play on Sunday, and thinks it will be quite a shoot-out.

“It was great. The weather actually turned out to be nice today, so we were able to get off to a good start,” Balthrop said. “I played pretty well, pretty consistent. I had three birdies and a bogey. 69 is always a good score, put yourself in contention for tomorrow.”

Tyler Phillips shot a 1 under par round, 70 and is just two strokes off the pace.

“It was a little cool, windier than I expected,” Phillips said. “The greens were really soft after all the rain we had. That was nice. The wind was swirling. You had to keep the ball low and under it.”

Golfers qualify for the Mann Smith & Cummings Tournament of Champions by participating in the Clarksville area golf tournaments. Winners of those tournaments automatically qualify for the Tournament of Champions, and other golfers compete on a point system based on their finishes in those local tournaments.

The defending Tournament of Champions winner returns to defend his title.

Anything can happen on the final round, scheduled for 10:00am Sunday at Swan Lake.

“It is going to be fun. Its going to be a battle. It is anybody’s tournament really,“ Phillips said.

Balthrop agreed, “I think it will be fun tomorrow. We are kind of bunched up. Should be a pretty good shootout. Really looking forward to it.”

Mann Smith & Cummings Tournament of Champions

First Round Scores

1. Tyler Guy ….. ……68
2. Brian Balthrop ……69
3. Tyler Phillips ……..70
4. Hunter Richardson …71
5. Justin Burney ………73
6. Graham Sleigh …….77
7. Jamie Webb ……….80
8. Corey Cornell ……..81


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