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Cox, Karst lead Ridgefields Invitational with first-round 70s

Joe Avento • Jul 13, 2018 at 7:38 PM

KINGSPORT — A couple of former champions jumped to the front of the leaderboard at the 69th annual Ridgefields Invitational golf tournament on Friday.

Eddie Karst and Carlson Cox each shot 2-under-par 70 to grab the early lead in the 54-hole tournament at The Club at Ridgefields.

“I’ll take a 70 for the way I was hitting it,” said Cox, who won this event in 2011 and ’13 before turning professional. “It was not a good day for the swing. I’m just glad to be in the hunt.”

Cox, who regained his amateur status two summers ago, managed to successfully fight his swing most of the day. He made just one bogey when he lost a ball on the 14th hole. Other than that, he was solid enough to stay in contention, relying on his putter to bail him out.

“I got the nerves out of the way last week at the East Tennessee Amateur,” Cox said. “I’m more at home at Ridgefields.”

Karst won this tournament in 2014 and got the most out of his round on Friday, considering he hit just three greens in regulation on the front nine. He managed to make the turn at even par before birdies at the 11th and 13th holes got him to 2 under, and he parred his way in.

“I got away with a few errant shots on the front,” Karst said. “I really scored better than I hit it. I think the course is playing hard so I’m pretty happy with that.”

Cox and Karst were one shot ahead of John Tysinski and Lucas Armstrong. Only four players in the 12-man championship flight field broke par.

After the top four, the closest score was a 76 by surprise Tillinghast Invitational champion Ken Miller.

Tim Dinwiddie shot 69 to grab the lead in the senior division. He held a one-shot advantage over defending champion Mark Halvorsen and Bill Hardin and was three ahead of Mike Poe.

“I hit a lot of greens,” said Dinwiddie, a Greene County native. “I’m usually a very inconsistent putter. It was one of those days where I drove it well and made a few more putts than usual. When you do those two things, you’re going to shoot a good score.”

Bob Ross shot 74 to lead the super seniors division.

The second round is scheduled for Saturday with the seniors going first at 8:30 a.m. and the championship flight set to begin at 11 a.m.


 

69th annual Ridgefields Invitational

At The Club at Ridgefields

Friday’s first round

Par 72

Championship Flight

Carlson Cox 70

Eddie Karst 70

John Tysinski 71

Lucas Armstrong 71

Ken Miller 76

Scotty Hudson 77

Ben Campbell 77

Drew Owens 78

Darin Karst 79

Zac Fletcher 80

Jacob Owens 86

Chris Click 90-WD

Senior Division

Tim Dinwiddie 69

Mark Halvorsen 70

Bill Hardin 70

Mike Poe 72

Bryan Rodgers73

Tony Gouge 73

Lyman Fulton 74

Jerry Matthew 74

Ron Waters 75

Mike Wood 75

Bill Argarbrite 75

Tony Green 76

Sam Blaylock76

Randy Sharrow 76

James White 77

Bowen Scott 78

Steve Love 82

Roger Catlett 85

Super Senior Division

Bob Ross 74

Randy Longcrier 78

First Flight

Calhoun Salyer 73

Chase Vicars77

Chris Jenkins 78

Wes Argabrite 80

Sam Cuningham 80

Larry Gilliam 85

Barb Tyler 91

Second Flight

Mike Haney 80

Paul Butcher 85

Chris Johansen 86

Phillip Owens 90

Scott Cureton 90

Danny Dickerson 92

William Karst 97

Reunion Flight

(Points system based on handicap)

Nick Mueller +10

John Doster +8

Rick Hudson +7

Kenny Flemming +3

Bill Lewis 0

Chris Mullins 0

Todd East -2

Jim Stout -2

Chris Sublett -3

Mark Rosenbalm -3

Rick Jackson -4

Rick Sizemore -4

Vic Ring -5

Lamarr Stout -5

Joh Hanrahan -6

Craig Denison -6

Mike Jeter -8

 

Saturday’s second-round tee times

8:30 a.m. — Catlett, Love, Bowen

8:40 a.m. — White, Sharrow, Green

8:50 a.m. — Blaylock, Argabrite Wood

9 a.m. — Waters, Matthew, Fulton

9:10 a.m. — Gouge, Rodgers, Poe

9:20 a.m. — Hardin, Halvorsen, Dinwiddie

9:30 a.m. — Longcrier, Ross

9:50 a.m. — Doster, Mullins

10 a.m. — Denison, L.Stout, Mueller

10:10 a.m. — Jackson, Hudson, Lewis

10:20 a.m. — Sublett, East, Fleming

10:30 a.m. — J. Stout, Hanrahan, Rosenbalm

10:40 a.m. — Ring, Sizemore, Jeter

11 a.m. — J.Owens, Fletcher

11:10 a.m. — D.Karst, D.Owens, Campbell

11:20 a.m. — Hudson, Miller, Armstrong

11:30 a.m. — Tyminski, E.Karst, Cox

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