ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (Oct. 12, 2012) -- Richard Jeffers and Mark Miller shot 63 to lead the teams of Walker Grant and Robert Nelson and Alan Fuller and Claud Cooper by one shot after the first round of the 18th State Senior Four Ball Championship at Vestavia Country Club on Friday.
Jeffers and Miller have known each other since junior high in Mountain Brook. Although Jeffers has lived in Mobile for many years, they have kept up their friendship and won this championship in 2008.
“We play similar games and are comfortable playing together,” Jeffers said. “We were both in nearly every hole and that’s always key.”
Nine birdies and nine pars added up to a 63.
“Our score was keyed by a run of six straight birdies on our front nine (Nos. 13-18),” Jeffers continued. “That freed us up and gave us a lot of momentum.”
Jeffers has won five different state titles, some multiple times: the State Amateur, State Mid-Amateur, State Senior, State Four-Ball and State Senior Four-Ball.
“Anyone who plays with Richard is most likely to be in contention,” Miller said.
Nelson of Mobile and Grant of Montgomery are playing together for the first time in this championship as Grant only just turned 50.
“For our first time to play this course (in competition) we are very pleased,” Nelson said.
“We both played very solid golf and would have both shot under par on our own ball,” Grant said.
Birmingham’s Fuller and Cooper teamed up for the first time in competition also, with Cooper playing particularly well shooting 66 on his own ball.
“Claud carried the load for sure and I chipped in with a couple of birdies,” Fuller said.
“Alan hasn’t played many tournaments in a long time,” Cooper said. “But we dusted him off and it’s (his good play) is still in there.”
N.H. Holt and Jimmy Scott, both of Birmingham, shot 65 and are tied for fourth with Birmingham’s Kevin Newton and Robert Pewitt.
Former champions Don Blanton of Selma and Sam Farlow of Birmingham shot 66, as did Tuscaloosa’s David Zauchin and Birmingham’s Talbert Griffin III.
The championship will conclude Sunday and is 54 holes stroke play. It is the final Alabama Golf Association championship of the season.
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