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Brannon/Harper and Bethune/McCurdy in the lead at the Alabama State Four-Ball
Athens, AL (May 3, 2012) -- Two teams lead the way after Thursday’s first round of stroke play in the 30th State Four Ball Championship at Canebrake Club in Athens.

Chris Brannon of Auburn and Jacob Harper of Valley are tied for the lead with Jordan Bethune and Zac McCurdy, both of Fort Payne, with both teams recording six-under-par 66′s.

Brannon and Harper had birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 11, while Bethune and McCurdy made birdie on Nos. 6, 7, 10, 14, 15 and 17.

They are one clear of Athens residents Jim McClary and Stewart Whitt, who carded a 67. Whitt, a former golfer at the University of Alabama, and McClary made birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 6, 14 and 18.

Next comes six teams on 68, with defending champions Woodie Eubanks of Trussville and Forrest Crabtree of Mobile in a group on 69, good for a tie for tenth.

The field in this Alabama Golf Association state championship will play their second round of stroke play Friday, with the low 16 teams at the conclusion of the second round advancing to match play. Those teams will play matches Saturday morning and the eight advancing teams will play that afternoon, with four teams left Sunday morning and the final two teams playing each other Sunday afternoon to determine the champion.

ABOUT THE Alabama Four-Ball

36 holes of gross four-ball stroke play to determine 16 sides for match play. Entries are open to sides of male amateur golfers who are legal residents of Alabama and have an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at an AGA member club. Maximum allowable combined team handicap is 16.8 under the USGA Handicap System™. Two players who play as partners comprise a side. Partners are not required to be from the same club.

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