Riding steady play, Moore on top in senior division

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Consistency was the key for Rick Moore.
   Moore was sitting in fourth place following Friday's Senior Championship round at the East Tennessee Amateur after shooting a one-over 73, then found himself at the top with a one-stroke lead with another 73 on Saturday.
   "I think I hit 16 greens, and yesterday I hit 17 greens," said Moore, who looks to seize the title in today's final round. "It's a matter of getting the putter going. If it wasn't the three-putts, it was missing those five feet from the hole."
   "I could've ran away and hid if the putter had of been hot today. I could've shot 65 if it was there."
   Ben Long, the Tennessee Senior Match Play champion, held his own in second place after shooting a 76 on Saturday. He shot a 71 on Friday and is one-stroke behind the leader.
   Friday's leader Larry Greer, who shot a two-under par 70, and George McQueen are tied for third with a 148.
   Glen Cowan is the nearest competitor in fifth with a 151 after a Saturday round of 79.
   Defending ETA Senior champ Tom Foster and Randy Matney are tied for sixth with a total of 152 strokes, while Bob Russum (153 strokes), Ben Essary and Jeff Taylor (154 strokes apiece) round out the top ten golfers in that division.
   First Flight: Eric Tipton and Cody Boyer will meet for the $200 top prize after defeating their competition to make the final round. Tony Bowery, Keith Porch, Richard Wilson and Mark Dugger will meet in the consolation round.
   Second Flight: Alex Ratliff and former University High standout Kyle Kirwin will meet for the second title. Calvin Young, Derek Moore and Sigma Chi brothers Nick Clay and Jordan Mott will attempt the consolation victory.
   Third Flight: The finale will come down to Bruce Scholten and Dean Scalf, while Lynn Powell, Patton Gamble, Tony Gouge and Johnson City Press sportswriter Joe Avento tackle the $100 consolation crown.
   Fourth Flight: Don Lester and Daniel Foster duke it out in the fourth title, while Wes Williams, Hunter Coburn, Brett Coplea and Randy Warren are in the consolation bracket.
   Fifth Flight: The fifth group will come down to David Sellers and Jon Whitson. Its consolation will be between Jeff Lazor, Phil Stephenson, Larry Calhoun and Mike Johnson.
   Sixth Flight: In the sixth flight championship, Trent Stevens and Ray Williams go for the prize, and Folsom Angel, Jim Moody, Mike Rocker and Chris Tidwell settle for the consolation crown.
   Seventh Flight: WCYB-TV sports anchor Paul "P.J." Johnson will go for the championship of his crew when he battles Guy Slagle in the earliest tee time at 7:30 a.m. Dean Orreb, Roger Phipps, Alan Skeans and Ron Anderson are in the consolation final.
   The shot of the day, hands down, goes to David Reynolds, who sank a hole-in-one on the par-three third hole. ETA chairman Mike Matheson complimented the skillful hole.
   It helped Reynolds score a round of 70, which was good enough to pull him within seven holes of the Championship Flight leaders.
   The second best shot goes to fifth-flight consolation player Mike Johnson.
   In his play-in match against Ron Hensley, Johnson made one of the last cups of the day on a sliced 50-yard shot from the rough that just happened to roll on in.