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Decatur golfer leads Selma event

Jimmy Reist of Decatur and Dave Cothran of Selma figured Saturday they would be riding in the same golf cart today in the final round of the Selma Country Club Men’s Invitational.

Playing in the final foursome Saturday, they said they had practically the same hook on the ball during the second round.

Reist managed a second-round 72 to finish with a 139 and a one-stroke lead over Cothran, defending champion Will Swift of Birmingham and Bain Hanning of Selma.

Cothran, the first-round leader with a 66, had a 3-over 74 Saturday for the 140.

“It was a tough day,” said Cothran, who added Saturday’s round brought him “back down to earth.”

Reist, who was playing in only his second Selma CC Men’s Invitational, agreed.

“It was a scramble,” said Reist, a member of the Burning Tree Country Club in Decatur.

“It seemed like it was really a struggle out there all day.”

Hanning, 20, grew up playing the Selma CC course and works in the pro shop with the junior golf program.

At 2-over after 15 holes, he birdied Nos. 16 and 17 for the second-round par-71.

“I hit a tree on No. 17 and ended up in the right rough,” he said. “But I was able to land it 18 feet from the hole and sank the putt for birdie.”

Today’s final round will change for the championship flight, which will be divided into “A” and “B” divisions.

All B players will start over from scratch, not counting the first two rounds.