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July 6, 2014

Golfers ready for final rounds at Bill Davis Invitational

MERIDIAN — Local golfers have flocked to Northwood Country Club to test their skills against some of the best golf competition that the area can provide this holiday weekend.

Golfers have teamed up with a companion to compete among four different quadrants that is based on skill level in the match play style Bill Davis Northwood Invitational.

“Everybody that is playing in the championship flight can compete at a high level,” Northwood Country Club golf pro Billy Pomeroy said. “They compete in the state amateurs, are playing college golf or have played college golf. They’re all really good golfers and they compete with the best in the region.”

Saturday, two of the top tandems in the Nicklaus flight advanced past the quarterfinal stages and lifted themselves into an appetizing semifinal match set to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the winner advancing to the championship match to be played later today.

Easton Key along with T.J. McDonald will team up and square off against Judge Little and playing-partner Doyle Bryan.

“It’s going to be a fun match,” Key said. “We were hoping to play them last year, but they got knocked out right before we got a chance to play them.”

Added Pomeroy, “It’s going to take birdies or better to win that match. I don’t expect shooting even pars to win the holes. All four hit the ball a long way and play similar games.”

Both sides are eager to hit the links in determining their worth against the formidable adversaries that stand before them.

“I don’t think there is a more competitive duo than the two of us,” Bryan said. “We won this tournament the first year we played in it together (in 2002) but haven’t since. So we’re trying to bring a little magic back this weekend.”

Added Key, “I’m sure a lot of people will be talking about that match as the possible one that could knock us out. We’re just going to go out and play our same game and enjoy it.”

Based on Saturday’s performances, no advantage has yet to be determined as the two duos came away with impressive outings.

“We really use teamwork on the course,” Morgan said. “We talk about putts, yardages and clubs. But when you hit one in a trouble area, you add a little more pressure to your teammate.”

Added Little, “We played pretty well, but our opponents kind of struggled and gave us some holes. We beat them eight holes to seven.”

While the weather has proven a bit cool the past few days, higher temperatures are expected today, and the 36 holes could prove to be a difficult task in claiming the tournament title.

“Fatigue might start to settle in a little bit,” Pomeroy said. “And then players just being hot and it looks like it will be a little warmer tomorrow, they’re going to have to make sure they stay hydrated and take care of themselves physically so they can make it through the day.”

Regardless, tomorrow’s early morning match is filled with intrigue.

“They’re the young guys that are probably the ones to beat right now,” Little said. “We’re just going to try and give them a good match and see if we can’t come out on top.”

On the other side of the bracket, Jason Anders and Chuck Gordon will square off aginst Joey Mabry and Robert Ammon.

In the Hogan flight, Ty and Hayes Hinson are slated to face David Hopper and Stephen Covington, while Blake Smith and Tyler Overby face Danny Truelove and Leon Black.

In the Palmer flight, Randy Pool and Dan Angero will pair up to face Jack Combest and Aaron Davidson. On the other sie of the bracket, Michael Lagendyk and Steve Stewart will square off against Walker and Will Whitehead.

    In the Snead flight, Tommy White and Kenny Hillman will face Tom Adams and Ray Long. While Bo Pennebaker and Thomas Adams face Clark Weems and Billy McWilliams.

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