Course experience is key to early success at Spirit of America Golf Classic

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For the second day in a row, experience was the key to Spirit of America Golf Classic at Decatur.

After the first and second rounds, the golfers who came off the course in the lead saw the Burningtree Country Club as a ‘second home’.

Ryley Heath, 18, was the first leader on Wednesday and Thursday Bryan Askew and Sam Murphy, both under 5, entered the clubhouse upstairs.

Askew pulled five cents on Thursday morning and came out of the bonds saying there really was nothing he could do better.

– Not today, he said. “I hit a lot of good shots, put a lot of good putts, it was well played today.”

Murphy, a Hartselle graduate, finished the first round in sole possession of the lead, shooting par to stay ahead in the second. He said a solid day put him in a great position for the rest of the event.

“I knew I could have a day like today where nothing really clicked but I was struggling,” he said. “So that’s a huge advantage for the weekend.”

Both men know the course well, Murphy playing it since he was just five and Askew competing in the tournament since his high school years.

Decades may separate the ages of co-leaders, but in a numbers game, the age is just another.

“I am the oldest here. I’m old enough to be the father of these guys, ”Askew joked. “It will be hard to hang on, you know, but we’ll see what happens. “


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