Moore charges from behind to win Pigeon Dove
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lance Moore
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Lance Moore had never shot under par in a round of golf — until Tuesday.

The Hamilton golfer came from nine strokes down to win the 42nd annual Pigeon Dove Junior Championship at Musgrove Country Club.

Moore shot a four-under par 67 on a day where only one other golfer shot even par or better.

He finished with a two-day total of 146 and came from the back of the field to win the two-day tournament. Moore entered Tuesday tied with nine other golfers in 14th place.

“This is the first time I’ve ever shot under par,” Moore said. “I’ve shot even par and one over before, I’ve just never broke par. Before today my best was 71, and that wasn’t in tournament play, that was on my own.”

On Tuesday, Moore had one bogey and five birdies, including one on the 17th hole that turned out to be the tournament-winning shot.

Moore’s victory came down to the last putt. Being nine shots back going into Tuesday meant Moore’s final round finished while most of the leaders had several holes left to play. As Moore waited out the results at the clubhouse, each golfer fell out of contention.

With the last group approaching the 18th green, only one golfer still had a chance to catch Moore.

Day 1 co-leader Spencer Fikes missed an eagle putt by inches on the final hole that gave Moore the victory.

“As soon as he missed that putt I knew that I had won. I was really excited,” Moore said.

Fikes, a recent Curry High School graduate, had five bogeys, a double bogey and birdied the final hole. He finished with a 77 and a two-day total of 147.

Moore didn’t enter Tuesday’s round looking to make a run at the title, things just worked out that way.

“I just wanted to have a good round. I played pretty bad (Monday),” Moore said. “I just hit fairways and greens and got up and down when I needed to. I kept the ball in play. I made a lot of putts. I never asked what the leaders were doing. I just played my round.”

In Moore’s opening round, he had six bogeys, a pair of double bogeys and two birdies. On Tuesday, he was two under at the turn and two under on the back nine.

First-round co-leader Austin Gean of Florence finished fifth after shooting an 81 on Tuesday. He had a two-day total of 151. After an opening-round 70, Gean had six bogeys along with a quadruple bogey on the 4th hole.

Alex Norman of Clay took third overall. He shot a second-round 73 and finished at 148. Cody Maddox of Guin placed fourth at 150.

Cordova’s Dustin Sanders shot a 73 — the second lowest score of the day — and finished in a sixth-place tie with a 152 total. He had a pair of birdies and eagled the 11th hole. Moore, Fikes, Norman, Sanders and Trey Hanvey of Cullman made up the top five golfers in the 16-19 division. Dora’s Jacob Pair, who entered the day three strokes back of the leaders, withdrew on the back nine on Tuesday.

In the boys 14-15 division, Maddox finished as the winner by one stroke over Gean. Gauge Cornelius shot a 75 for a two-day total of 154, four strokes behind Maddox.

Eli Denson of Decatur won the boys 12-13 division with a 153 total, two strokes ahead of Sheffield’s Allen Michael Burnett.

The 11-and-under division, where golfers played nine holes each day, went to Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett with a two-day total of 85. He was four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Seth Rogers of Northport.

Jayci Hamrick of Haleyville won the girls championship with a 161 total. She shot a 79 on Tuesday, finishing two strokes ahead of Hannah McCracken of Trussville, who shot a 77 — Tuesday’s best round in the girls division. Jordan Clark of Guin took third at 165.