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July 14, 2012

Stillwater four-ball championship tees off Saturday at Lakeside

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University senior golfer Sam Lee has spent a lot of time on the golf course.

“I had a tournament last week and didn’t do very good,” Lee said. “I have a tournament right after this on Monday.”

On Saturday, Lee — who will be a walk-on for the Cowboy program this upcoming season — finds himself within striking distance of the Lakeside four-ball tournament championship, as he enters play Sunday trailing by a stroke.

“The front nine I was hitting it everywhere, spraying it out,” Lee said. “I got it back on the back nine and it helps.”

Matt Reed and Randy Blake lead with a 65. Lee and his partner Aaron Thomas shot 66. This was the first time Lee has competed in the four-ball tournament but is very familiar with the course.

“It used to be my home course until I went on the OSU golf team,” said Lee, who was a key contributor to Lakeside Golf Course winning the Stillwater Cup in 2010. “I’ve played since 2009 until 2011.”

Reed has competed in tournaments at the course for several years and enjoys it.

“I enjoy the competition,” Reed said. “I like going against good players.”

Lakeside’s golf pro, Mike Henderson said this is the third year of the four-ball tournament and numbers are up.

“Turnout was good,” Henderson said. “We had 32 players, which is up a little bit from last year.”

The golfers played in pairs with two playing with a handicap. Two teams of golfers traveled together. Henderson said everything has run smoothly on the first day.

“Weather has been great,” Henderson said. “We couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Dale Bays has competed in tournaments since the beginning of the Stillwater Cup. This year, Bays is playing with his son Tim.

“There is nothing like it especially at my age,” Dale said. “I enjoy playing with friends and being around the young guys that can hit the ball several country miles. It’s nice.”

The Bays are tied with Lee and Thomas for second after shooting a 66. Last year, Tim Bays and Thomas won the four-ball competition and the alternate shot round at the Stillwater Cup.

Ten of the 14 teams are within six strokes of the lead. The tournament will resume at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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