Greg Guinn (far left), Jamie Schacht (left), Todd Greene (right) and Don Parsons (far right) look on during the first round of the Wendy’s Invitational at Swan Lake earlier this year. Parsons and teammate Bill Sites posted a 57 Saturday to grab a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the Bud Light Two-Man Scramble.
On an afternoon that saw the temperatures inch near triple digits, the only thing hotter than the heat Saturday at the Bud Light Two-Man Scramble at Swan Lake, might have been the scores.
With two other groups already in the clubhouse with a 59, Don Parsons and Bill Sites combined to shoot a blistering Saturday 57 and grab sole possession of the Saturday lead.
“We’ve played in this tournament together for four years now,” Sites said. “We just decided that this was going to be our tournament to play together and one of these days we may play good in it. We played very well today and made a lot putts.”
After making the turn shortly after 3 p.m., Sites and Parsons, who were paired with Greg Guinn and Todd Greene, began to catch fire down the stretch, posting two eagles and 11 birdies.
The more spectacular of the eagles, perhaps, occurred when Sites drained a nearly 30-foot eagle on No. 15.
After a long drive from Parsons landed just on the outside edge of the fringe, the twosome had two makeable looks from just beyond the front of the green.
Rather than perhaps play conservative, the group elected to attack the flag and go for eagle.
“Don hit a pretty good chip and it rolled out,” Sites said. “So I didn’t have anything to lose.”
The twosome wrapped up their Saturday round with a birdie on No. 18, set up by a solid approach shot from Parsons that landed within five feet of the hole.
Despite solid approach shots from his partner, Sites said both he and Parsons were locked in with the putter Saturday.
“I’ve got a decent short game and that really helps us out a lot. We both just putted really well today, which is kind of an oddity to get it together on the same day.”
With the 57, Parsons and Sites finished two strokes clear of defending champions Brian Balthrop and Josh Black.
Balthrop and Black teamed to win the Two-Man Tri-Fecta at Cole Park in the CGA’s first event of the season in April.
In addition to Balthrop and Black, Sites and Parsons will have to fend off Jamie Schacht and Justin Burney, who also fired a 57 Saturday – recording three eagles during their early morning round.
Despite a crowded leaderboard, Sites said the duo looks forward to Sunday’s round.
“We will approach it the same way. Obviously tomorrow is a different day. Hopefully we can get some of the breaks we got today and carry it over throughout the tournament.”
Defending winners Bruce Walker and Ronnie Seay fired a Saturday 60 to finish tied with Gary Herndon and Terry Batey atop the Senior Division leaderboard.
Tournament action resumes Sunday at 7:40 with WJZM’s exclusive final round coverage beginning at 1:30.
SUNDAY TEE TIMES
7:40 GIBBS/GIBBS NAIDITCH/PINKNEY
7:50 AUSTIN/HUFFMAN HITE/GULLETT
8:00 MAXWELL/RICE MCWHIRTER/MCWHIRTER
8:10 MORRIS/BRITT HYAMS/GRAY
8:20 BLACKWELL/HARTLEGE HUFF/HUFF
8:30 KELLEY/SPRINGER GOLDEN/GRIEGO
8:40 SMITH/RUCKER SENSING/SENSING
8:50 COSTA/MOORE KOELKER/MCWHIRTER
9:00 HYAMS/HYAMS RYE/BEARDON
9:10 HAYES/PUTTY HYAMS/SHELTON
9:20 CUNNINGHAM/BOYD CROCKER/CROCKER
9:30 SHUSKEY/HOLLIDAY GRIFFIN/HEWELL
9:40 HUNT/STAMEY WELKER/WELKER
9:50 STARTER’S TIME
10:00 FOSTER/ORGAIN BATEY/SEWELL
10:10 SEAY/CLOUSER ASHBROOK/SWINDELL
10:20 KOLB/BLACK GRIFFIN/LOFTUS
10:30 SLEIGH/LAMBERT EDWARDS/TAYLOR
10:40 PURDOM/VAIL EDMONDSON/RANSDELL
10:50 BARNES/POWERS RICHARDSON/WOODWARD
11:00 SHEARON/WHITLOW VANKIRK/BELL
11:10 WALKER/SEAY BATEY/HERNDON
11:20 SLAYTON/CLOUSER HAYES/BUIE
11:30 SEWELL/BEACH SAMUELS/DUKE
11:40 SEAY/SEAY BLANE/BLANE
11:50 STARTER’S TIME
12:00 SARTAIN/SARTAIN WILLIAMS/WILLIAMS
12:10 BAGGETT/FINK WISE/WISE
12:20 HARDWICK/IGNACIO HEGGIE/BURNEY
12:30 SLEIGH/FOSTER GREENE/GUINN
12:40 GUINN/GUY RYE/RYE
12:50 CHERRY/CLOUSER HAHN/RIVES
1:00 PHILLIPS/YOUNG WALLACE/BROOKS
1:10 REIGLE/ESTES FARRAR/BRADLEY
1:20 BLACK/BALTHROP TURNER/ENDER
1:30 PARSONS/SITES SCHACHT/BURNEY
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TopicsBill Sites, Bruce Walker, CGA, clarksville golf association, Don Parsons, Gary Herndon, Ronnie Seay, Scramble, Swan Lake, Terry Batey, Tri-Fecta, Two-Man Scramble