Area Golf Digest

Reynolds continues strong month of play in Symetra Tour tournaments

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For the second time this month, Jean Reynolds has shot to the top of the leaderboard of a Symetra Tour event after an impressive opening round.

On Friday, the 29-year-old standout from Newnan found herself among contenders following day one of the 54-hole Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind. Reynolds put together six birdies split on both sides of the turn en route to a 5-under 67 during a solid first round.

It included hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation while needing just 28 putts.

She entered Saturday’s second round tied with Lee Lopez and Garrett Phillips in second place, three strokes behind Canadian Nicole Vandermade.

Opening strong on Friday, Reynolds quickly jumped to 2-under following consecutive birdies on holes No. 5 and 6. Despite her lone bogey on the par-3 seventh, she picked the stroke back up with a birdie putt on the par-5 ninth.

Reynolds then added three more birdies on hole No.s 11, 14 and 16 to pull into a three-way tie for second.

Vandermade hit her strike on the back nine by posting six consecutive birdies en route to an 8-under 64 and a first-round lead despite hitting 10 of 14 fairways.

She stayed in the hunt after Saturday’s second round shooting an even par 72 to stay 5-under heading into the third and final round today.

The Newnan native played her best golf Saturday on the front 9 with birdies on 6, 7 and 8.

She also had bogeys on holes 3, 12 and 18.

Two weekends ago, Reynolds took a five-stroke lead into the final day of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich., before finishing third for her best effort of the 2014 season and a payday of nearly $7,000.

She is trying to earn her way back to the LPGA Tour.

WHITTON PLAYING IN FUTURE MASTERS: East Coweta freshman Carson Whitton, who recently competed in his second U.S. Kids European Championship in Scotland in May, travels to Dothan, Ala.. this week to compete in the annual Future Masters at Dothan Country Club.

Whitton begins play today in the 13-14 year-old division.

Led by a second-round of 77, Whitton finished tied for 22nd among over 50 international players from at least a dozen countries in the boys 14-year-old division at Luffness New Golf Club.

SHEPARD TO PLAY IN GSGA TOP 60 CLASSIC: The Georgia State Golf Association hosts its annual Top 60 Classic at Rivermont Country Club in Johns Creek starting Tuesday.

The 36-hole event consists of 60 entrants with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes split into five flights.

Longtime Newnan Country Club member Jodie Shepard will compete out of the fourthlight.

LYTLE CHALLENGES AT JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Led by an opening round 69, recent Northgate High graduate and Point University signee Maddux Lytle finished at an Even- 216 to finish in a tie for 13th at the GSGA’s annual Junior Championship at Brunswick Country Club.

Among a field of well over 100 players, Lytle closed the 54-hole tournament withan even 71 that included an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to go with a pair of birdies.

Lytle started the tournament with consecutive birdies and made the turn at 3-under, a score that held despite back-to-back bogeys on No. 16 and 17. He battled back to close the opening round with the last of five birdies on the par-4 18th.

Connor Coffee of Peachtree City tied for sev- enth overall at 2-under 214 while paced by consecutive rounds of 70 during the first-two days of the tournament.

WHITE OAK LADIES HOST HANDICAP TOURNAMENT: The White Oak Ladies Golf Association held its 2014 Handicap Tournament earlier this month.

The top-10 finishers were Charlotte Myczkowski, Jennifer Pierson, Susan Clonts, Cheryl Drewyer, Hesper Hall, Diane Mason, Shirley Payne, Sandra Lancaster, Trisha Nease and Janis Turner.

(Editor’s Note; If you have an item of interest for the Area Golf Digest, please send them to sports editor Chris Goltermann. They can be e-mailed to sports@ newnan.com )



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