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Ingram leads crowded WACO field

August 09, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

Chuck Ingram shot a sizzling 33 on the back nine at Beaver Creek Country Club Saturday en route to a par-72 and the opening-round lead of the 15th annual Washington County Open Golf Championship.

The 44-year-old Beaver Creek member leads a group of 184 golfers, including Kenny Winfield, Scott Lourdon, Greg Henry and Bill Butcher, who are all at 73.

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There were four more golfers at 75: Jamie Young, Erin Eckles, Jamie Savage and Jamie Rhodes.

The 36-hole tournament concludes today, with the first group teeing off at 6:20 a.m. and the leaders teeing off at 2:10.

Ingram, who won the WACO Tournament championship in 1991, struggled with a 39 on the front nine Saturday but used some different strategy on the back nine that paid dividends.

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"I put the driver away and used the 3-wood the entire back nine," Ingram said. "It's a shorter club and you have more control.

"I also switched to a different putter two weeks ago and I think that helped my game. I made some good putts (Saturday). Putting has always been my Achilles' heel, but that wasn't the case."

Ingram was even par through seven, but double-bogeyed eight and bogeyed nine to close the front nine with a 39.

He turned his game around on the back nine and recorded birdies on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes.

"I stayed out of trouble on the back nine and kept the ball in play," Ingram said. "Earlier, I hit a bad eight-iron on the eighth hole and three-putted on the ninth hole. Other than that, I was pleased with my game."

Ingram says the course was in excellent condition.

"The course was in the best shape I've ever seen," Ingram said. "The fairways were hard because of the lack of rain recently and the ball was rolling. The greens were soft and holding."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> This year's tournament is dedicated to the late Aaron Steiner.

He helped get the WACO started in 1984 and was active in promoting youth sports in Washington County prior to his death earlier this year.

Five of his six sons are participating in the 1998 WACO Tournament: Denny, Mike, Pat, Rod and Tim.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> There are 13 different sets of brothers competing in the 1998 WACO Tournament.

In addition to the Steiners, the list includes: Don, Ed and Lenny Barton; Chris and David Bradshaw; Charles and Chris Cantone; Brett, Lee and Steve Chaney; Marc and Randy Cree; Randy and Ray Crissman; Neil and Rick Gagnon; Eric and Robert Grimes; David, Jim and Phil Healey; Mike and Steve Miguel; Butch and Larry Pereschuk and Frank and Tony Wickless.

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