Ward leads Colbert Classic

By The Mercury

The first round of the Colbert Charity Classic at Colbert Hills brought windy conditions that made it tough to shoot a low score on Wednesday.

Texas Tech alum and 2011 Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Rookie of the Year Chris Ward was one of just eight players to shoot below par, and the McKinney, Texas, native was the leader at 5-under going into the second round.

Ward shot 34 and 35 to finish out at 67, on stroke under second-place Robert Streb, a Kansas State alum that is a current Nationwide Tour member.

Streb, a native of Edmond, Okla., shot 36 and 32 to finish out at 68. Joseph Kinney, Antioch, Ill., and Chris D. Thompson, Independence, each shot 69 to finish tied in third at 3-under par.

Derek Smith, Rogers, Ark., took fifth with a 2-under 70, while James Marshall, Fayetteville, Ark., Lance Lopez, Richmond, Texas, and Jeff Howard, Austin, Texas, all finished with a 1-under par score of 71.

The tournament was scheduled to cut down to the top 32 players, including ties, after today’s action.

Pro-Am results

The group of Al Hamscher, Walt Webster, JR Vandergrift and pro Michael Arnaud won the Pro-Am tournament on Tuesday at Colbert Hills.

The group combined to shoot a score of 121, beating out Lance White, Thomas Vanderbilt, Krug Loren and pro Brett Lederer, who also shot 121. Ross Grynkiewiez, Mike Carson, Andy Carson and pro Chris Ward finished in third.

The team of Jamie McAtee, Doug Able, Davan Neushafer and pro Jeff Rein won the second flight with a score of 130. Jerry Braden, Andrew Hamor, Randy Anderes and pro Travis Woolf were second, while Dave Woolfolk, Mike Wood, Perry Schremmer and pro Cameron Bishop finished third.

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