Smith out front at County tourney

Published 12:30 am Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chase Smith is right back in his usual spot atop the leaderboard at the Warren County Championship.

Smith birdied the last four holes and five of the last six to finish with a 4-under par 68 Saturday in the first round of the two-day tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course.

The late surge allowed Smith — the three-time defending champion — to shake off a so-so effort on the front nine and take a four-shot lead over Ben Brooks. Rodney Lindsey was in third at 73.

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Two-time Warren County champion Mike Hurley was among four golfers who were six shots back at 74.

In the Senior Men’s division, Eddie Ray shot a 77 to take a one-shot lead over Rodney McHann into today’s final round.

Karen Carroll led the Ladies Championship after shooting an 89 in the first round. Gaby Davidson was three strokes back at 92.

The tournament continues this morning, with the seniors teeing off at 7:30, followed by the ladies at 8. The championship flight will tee off at 10:50 a.m.