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Armstrong grabs one-shot lead at Ridgefields Invitational

Joe Avento • Jul 14, 2018 at 6:09 PM

KINGSPORT — Lucas Armstrong doesn’t care how many names would be below his on the scoreboard if he won the 69th annual Ridgefields Invitational golf tournament. As long his was at the top.

Armstrong fired a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday at The Club at Ridgefields to pull ahead by a stroke.

“I’ve never won this tournament,” said Armstrong, who was leading a 12-man championship flight field. “I’d like to win it. I know the field isn’t as big, but there are still some good players.”

Armstrong was at 4-under 140 after two rounds.

Chasing the leader in Sunday’s final round will be Carlson Cox, one of Armstrong’s former teammates at Volunteer High School, and Nashville’s John Tyminski. They were a shot behind.

Cox, the first-round co-leader after a 70, shot 71. Tyminski had a 70.

“I didn’t really have to fight as much on the back as I did yesterday,” Cox said. “The swing is starting to tighten up. It’s getting closer. I had a lot more birdie opportunities. I’m giving myself chances.”

Cox, a two-time Ridgefields champion, was just trying to stay in contention through two rounds. Now that he has, he gets the added bonus of competing with a longtime friend.

“I’m there; I accomplished it,” he said. “I was hoping for us to get together, so it will be fun. If anybody was to beat me, I’d want it to be Lucas. We’ll just fight it out. Hopefully it will come down to the last hole.”

Tyminski was in contention after the first round here last year only to play the final two rounds in 5 over par. That experience could help on Sunday.

“Just getting to know the course is always good,” said Tyminski, who plays for Tennessee State. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m in the final group. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Armstrong came in on a hot streak. He shot rounds of 66 and 71 at Willow Creek in Knoxville during Tuesday’s U.S. Amateur qualifier. He missed a playoff by two strokes but left with a lot of confidence.

After Ridgefields, Armstrong is headed to Bowling Green, Ky., for next week’s Southern Amateur.

“I’ve been playing well,” said Armstrong, who had five birdies and two bogeys on Saturday. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the Southern Amateur. I’d like to play well there.”

Eddie Karst, who shared the lead with Cox after opening with a 70, shot 75 to fall to 1 over and will start the final round five strokes back. Nobody else is closer than 11 shots out of the lead.

In the seniors division, Tim Dinwiddie posted his second consecutive 69 to retain the lead. At 6-under 138, he was three shots ahead of defending champion Mark Halvorsen, who shot 71.

“I’ll be fortunate to do the same tomorrow,” Dinwiddie said. “I’ll take another one. There are some good players capable of shooting low. I just have to keep playing as hard as I can and hope for the best.”

Dinwiddie went 4 under on a three-hole stretch on the back nine to solidify his lead. His round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 11th when his hybrid out of the left rough found the green and he connected on a 15-foot putt.

“It ran like crazy,” Dinwiddie said. “I was just trying to hit it on the front of the green and I got lucky.”

Mike Wood also shot 69 and was alone in third at even par.

Also in the senior division, Steve Love made a hole-in-one when he holed out a 6-iron at the 169-yard fifth hole.

Bob Ross shot 73 in the two-man super senior division to increase his lead to 12.

The final round is set for Sunday with the leaders in the senior division going off at 11:40 a.m. The championship flight leaders are set to tee off at 12:20 p.m.

69th annual Ridgefields Invitational

At The Club at Ridgefields

After Saturday’s second round

Par 72

Championship Flight

Lucas Armstrong 71-69—140

Carlson Cox 70-71—141

John Tyminski 71-70—141

Eddie Karst 70-75—145

Ken Miller 76-75—151

Ben Campbell 77-74—151

Drew Owens 78-73—151

Scotty Hudson 77-78—155

Darin Karst 79-77—156

Zac Fletcher 80-81—161

Jacob Owens 86-85—171

Chris Click 90-WD

Seniors Division

Tim Dinwiddie 69-69—138

Mark Halvorsen 70-71—141

Mike Wood 75-69—144

Bill Hardin 70-75—145

Ron Waters 75-72—147

Mike Poe 72-75—147

Bryan Rodgers73-75—148

Tony Green 76-72—148

Bill Argabrite 75-73—148

James White 77-72—149

Jerry Matthew 74-78—152

Tony Gouge 73-80—153

Randy Sharrow 76-77—153

Lyman Fulton 74-81—155

Bowen Scott 78-81—159

Steve Love 82-78—160

Sam Blaylock 76-86—162

Roger Catlett 85-WD

Super Seniors Division

Bob Ross 74-73—147

Randy Longcrier 78-81—159

First Flight

Calhoun Salyer 73-79—152

Chase Vicars77-77—154

Chris Jenkins 78-79—157

Sam Cunningham 80-79—159

Wes Argabrite 80-84—164

Larry Gilliam 85-91—176

Barb Tyler 91-89—180

Second Flight

Mike Haney 80-75—155

Chris Johansen 86-81—167

William Karst 97-73—170

Phillip Owens 90-83—173

Paul Butcher 85-89—174

Danny Dickerson 92-85—177

Scott Cureton 90-95—184

Reunion Flight

(Points system based on handicap)

Nick Mueller +15

Rick Hudson +12

John Doster +6

Rick Jackson +5

Bill Lewis +2

Lamarr Stout +1

Kenny Fleming -1

Todd East -1

Vic Ring -1

Mark Rosenbaum -3

Craig Denison -3

Michael Jeter -4

Chris Mullins -5

Jim Stout -5

Chris Sublett -6

John Hanrahan -7

Rick Sizemore -10


Sunday’s tee times

8:30 a.m. — J.Stout, East

8:40 a.m. — Hanrahan, Denison, Sublett

8:50 a.m. — Sizemore, Ring, Jackson

9:00 a.m. — Fleming, Mueller, Doster

9:10 a.m. — Lewis, L.Stout, Rosenbaum

9:20 a.m. — R.Hudson, Jeter, Mullins

9:40 a.m. — Tyler, Cureton

9:50 a.m. — Cunningham, W.Argabrite, Gilliam

10 a.m. — Salyer, Vicars, Jenkins

10:10 a.m. — Dickerson, Butcher, P.Owens

10:20 a.m. — Haney, Johansen, W.Karst

10:40 a.m. — Ross, Longcrier

10:50 a.m. — Blaylock, Love

11 a.m. — Scott, Fulton, Sharrow

11:10 a.m. — Gouge, Matthew, White

11:20 a.m. — Green, Argabrite, Rodgers

11:30 a.m. — Waters, Poe, Hardin

11:40 a.m. — Wood, Halvorsen, Dinwiddie

11:50 a.m. — J.Owens, Fletcher

Noon — D.Karst, S.Hudson, D.Owens

12:10 p.m. — Miller, Campbell, E.Karst

12:20 p.m — Tyminski, Cox, Armstrong