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Karst takes over championship flight lead at Ridgefields

July 12th, 2014 10:00 pm by Pat Kenney

Karst takes over championship flight lead at Ridgefields

Saturday's results, Sunday's tee times

KINGSPORT — The leaderboard saw plenty of movement after Saturday's second round of the 65th Ridgefields Invitational golf tournament.

Dobyns-Bennett junior Eddie Karst moved to the top of the championship flight with a 1-under 70, two strokes ahead of first-round leader Tanner Davis.

Karst had a two-round total of 137. Davis was at 139 after following his opening 66 with a 73.

Alex Hutson and Ben Campbell were tied for third at 141. Hutson shot a 72 on Saturday and Campbell a 73.

Steve Golliher remained atop the senior championship flight at 137 after a second-round 72, but three-time Ridgefields senior champion Bill Argabrite moved into the fray with his 3-under 68. Argabrite trailed Golliher by two shots.

Tony Green was third at 141 after shooting 70.

In the super seniors division, for ages 65 and older, Hal McHorris shot a second straight 74 to move into the lead at 148. Billy Dickson was at 150 after a second-round 76.

Karst, a member at Ridgefields, went into the tournament with high expectations.

"I've been playing well here," he said. "So I was hoping I could be in this position."

Karst's plan is to keep things simple in Sunday's final round.

"You just have to avoid the big miss on this course," he said. "I'll try to stay calm and keep hitting fairways and greens."

Davis, who added seven shots from Friday's round, said he "wasn't hitting it as well" on Saturday.

"I got as much out of the round as I could," he said.

Only two strokes behind, Davis feels he still has a good chance to come out on top.

"I'll have to do everything better on Sunday," he added. "But I feel good about where I stand going into the final round."

Early bogeys contributed to Golliher's 1-over round on Saturday.

"Had a very slow start," said Golliher, a former championship flight winner at Ridgefields and the 2013 Tennessee Golf Association Senior Player of the Year. "I made bogeys on three of my first six holes. I birdied two holes from that point and just got settled down."

The key for Golliher in the second round was hitting all but one fairway and 15 greens.

"I've never really played well on this course," he said. "But I remember that the year I did win, I shot 31 on the back.

"If I do that tomorrow, I think I'll be all right."

Argabrite had the low round of the day among the seniors.

"Didn't hit it as well as the first round," he said. "But I did putt well. I made some nice 4- and 5-footers and that really helped."

Trailing Golliher by two shots going into Sunday's final round, Argabrite knows the task at hand.

"I just need to hit more fairways and greens," he said. "I'll just try to make something happen and see how things work out."

The lead group among the seniors tees off at 11:40 a.m. The final group in the championship flight goes off at 1 p.m.

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