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Two share Beaver Creek lead

July 15, 2000

Two share Beaver Creek lead



By LARRY YANOS / Mail Sports Editor


On Friday, Greg Henry borrowed a putter from Black Rock Golf Course professional Darrell Whittington.

Chances are good he will purchase the new piece of equipment.

The 40-year-old Henry 1-putted 12 greens Saturday and fired a 70, sharing the opening-round gross division lead of the Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational with Kenny Smith.

"I used the putter a little and he suggested to go ahead and try it out in the tournament," Henry said. "I did OK with it."

Ken Winfield is third with a 71.

Andy Gossard and Tim Lyons shared net division first-round leads with identical 67s.

The finals of the 36-hole tournament will be held today. The first group tees off at 7:30 a.m. and the final group tees off at 11:54 a.m.

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"This is probably the best round I've had all year," Henry said. "I hit nine greens and I never remember a round with 12 1-putts. Due to the rain, the greens were slower and I liked that. I always have trouble putting and the slower the greens, the better it is for me."

The Beaver Creek Country Club member carded a 34 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine and he and his playing partners finished play shortly before a torrential downpour hit the Beaver Creek golf course area at mid-afternoon.

He birdied holes 3, 6, 10, 13 and 15.

The 15-year-old Smith, who plays most of his golf at the Waynesboro, Pa., Municipal Golf Course and the Majectic Ridge Golf Course in Chambersurg, Pa., finished earlier in the day and said weather was no factor.

"There were a couple of wet spots out there but, overall, the course was in good shape," Smith said.

The Waynesboro, Pa. resident also had splits of 34-36 and had six birdies.

"The fairways were good and the greens were holding, you could go right at them," Smith said.

While Henry is a previous Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational champion, Smith is seeking his first win in the annual event.

Top finishers during Saturday's opening round of the Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational:

Gross Division

  • Greg Henry 70
  • Kenny Smith 70
  • Ken Winfield 71
  • Walt Grabowski 73
  • Randy Barnes 73
  • Tim Steiner 74
  • Dave Hull 74
  • Chuck Ingram 74
  • Bill Calhoun 74
  • Dick Roulette 75
  • Bill Kushay 76
  • Gary Dingle 76
  • Justin Pugh 76
  • Randy Cree 76
  • Tim Elliott 76


Net Division

  • Andy Gossard 67
  • Tim Lyons 67
  • Randy Barnes 68
  • Doug Schlotterbeck 68
  • Mike Wolfe 68
  • Greg Henry 68
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