VALDOSTA — Two former champions sit atop the leaderboard at the Jack Oliver Invitational.
Sam Hogan has won the Jack Oliver Invitational three times, and Chesley Gunn is the tournament’s defending champion. The two former Valdosta State golfers share the lead at 142 heading into today’s final round at the Valdosta Country Club.
Hogan had the tournament’s best round on Saturday, shooting a six-under-par 66. He was one of just four golfers to shoot a round in the 60s. Gunn, who led after the first round, shot a two-under 70 on Saturday.
Chad Smith, another former Valdosta State golfer, is one stroke behind the leaders after shooting a 68 on Saturday. Tevis Upton is fourth at 145, three shots back.
David Hobby, a senior at Valwood School, shot a 68 on Saturday, and is currently fifth at 146. Ty Howze is sixth with a 147, Clint Smith and Clark Hendrick are tied for seventh at 149 and Nic Daugharty and Dale Parker are tied for ninth at 150.
While the golfers in the championship flight are playing a normal stroke play format, the golfers in the other flights are playing a Stableford format, where a bogey is worth one point, a par is worth two points, a birdie is worth four points and an eagle is worth five points, and the highest score wins.
Each golfer in flights 1-4 and the senior flight has a pre-determined number (based on their handicaps) subtracted from their on-course scores at the end of each round to give them their net scores.
Eric Saunders leads the first flight at plus-4, after recording a plus-5 on Saturday. Steve Seward and Mike Chapman are tied for second at plus-2. Seward had a plus-8 on Saturday. Bowen Hendrix is fourth at zero.
Russ Collett leads the second flight by nine points, with a plus-14. Collett carded a plus-7 in each of his first two rounds. Bob Baum is second with a plus-5, Dean Boruff is third with a plus-4 and Lee Redish is fourth at plus-3.
In the third flight, Jim Brown leads at plus-4. Charlie Watson is second with a plus-2, Greg Hunter is third at minus-5 and Bob Holliway is fourth at minus-6.
Britt Brantley leads the fourth flight at plus-6. Tom Warren is second at plus-3, followed by Jeff Duncan at minus-2 and Roger Onstott at minus-5.
Tom Getman is having a great tournament in the senior flight. Getman had a plus-15 on Saturday, and has a two-round score of plus-20.
Ed Trancygier is second at plus-5, followed by Bryant Martin (minus-1) and Jack Johnson (minus-2).
On Sunday, the golfers will play their final rounds on the Valdosta Country Club’s Plantation and Bottom courses.