The Meridian Star
Meridian golfers Easton Key and TJ Morgan survived a early scare during their first hole on Day 1 of the Bill Davis 4th of July Tournament Wednesday at Northwood Country Club –– after that, it was smooth sailing, as the duo turned in a 64 to finish the day as the No. 1 seed in the championship flight.
After both golfers found themselves in the woods on the first hole, Key was able to recover, using his 5-iron to set up an easy put to save par. Morgan would then birdie the second hole as the duo continued to pick up momentum.
“We only made a par, but it was a huge par,” Key said. “That really got us going in a better direction than we could have started.
“It was definitely a momentum changer. It helped get the momentum going and changed the outlook of the day.”
Former teammates at Meridian Community College, Key and Morgan have grown up playing together since their junior-golf days. That chemistry seemed to pay off on the day, as the two balanced each other out, stepping up when the other faltered.
“What really helped was that we didn't birdie the same holes,” Key said. “We, as they say, brother-in-lawed pretty well. I'd birdie one hole and then he'd birdie the other one. We really helped each other out when the other one was out of a hole.”
The finish earns the team the highly-coveted top seed as the tournament now moves to match play. While the high seed is a positive, Key said everyone participating in the tournament is of equal talent and every match up will be tough from here till Sunday.
“It really gives us some confidence more than anything,” Key said. “We know that if we keep on playing at the level we are at, we can beat anybody out there. It's an advantage, but it's more just confidence.”
Judge Little and Bryan Doyle earned the No. 2 seed, turning in a 66 on the day.