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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Justice, Linkous split money in shortened event
by Tim Pelphrey





Grover Justice (click for larger version)
PAINTSVILLE — Grover and Dickie aren’t names that you find on many birth certificates these days, but they were easily found at the top of the leader board Sunday during the Paintsville Pro-Am Tournament.

Grover Justice and Dickie Linkous both turned in 68s after Saturday’s round, and that’s as far as it would go. Play was suspended Sunday with the leaders standing on the No. 3 tee box, leaving the top four flights with just the first-round scores to go by.

Justice’s five birdies with three bogeys and Linkous’ four birdies with two bogeys were good enough for the two pros to split the first place money.

Patrick Damron, Jeremy Langley and Doug Ison Jr. tied for third place with a score of 69, while Scott Gardener finished sixth with a 70 in the pro division.

Bruce Walters captured the championship flight with a 69, while last year’s champion, Walt Crace, along with Greg McDonald and David Carroll tied for second. Crace and State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner had moved to within a stroke of Walters when play was suspended.

Mike Haynes’ 71 was a shot better than Brian “Pudge” VanHoose and two strokes better than Jared Adams as he took home first prize in the second flight.

Bobby Kelsey and Tom Moore tied for first place in the third flight with scores of 73. Matt Merritt, Bill Burleson and Rob Pettinger tied for third place with scores of 77.

The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh flights were able to get in both rounds of the tournament.

Ron Jackson shot a 75 on Saturday, then came back with a 74 on Sunday to better Paul Dean Fraley by three strokes to take the fourth-flight championship.

Mike Williams turned in a solid 153 to hold off Jeremy Holbrook and Ron Carmichael to win the fifth flight.

Dan Patrick’s 162 bettered James Burchett by two strokes to capture the sixth-flight title, while Chad Krammer edged out Jim Vance and Carlos Fraley with a 168 to win the seventh flight.

The par-four first gave competitors the most problems during the event, with the par-four 11th coming in a close second, while the par-five seventh played the easiest.

The top 10 finishers in the pro division got paid, while the amateur divisions paid the top eight finishers. Each flight champion won a set of Titleist irons.

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