Jett shot a five-under par 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into today’s final round of the 46th annual Travis Hudson/Bernard Weinstein Invitational at Musgrove Country Club.
“This is the tournament I’ve always wanted to win,” Jett said. “This is the biggest tournament at Musgrove and one of the biggest in the state, really. It would mean a lot being a member and growing up here.”
Jett, who is already the two-time defending club champion, shot a first-round 70 and sits with a two-day total of 140. He leads Decatur’s Matt Gourgeot and Pinson’s John Michael O’Toole by one stroke with former champion Bobby Spiller sitting three strokes back.
Jett got off to a hot start on Saturday, making a birdie on the first hole. He also birdied the fifth, sixth and seventh holes before his only setback of the day — a double bogey on the eighth hole.
After a 33 on the front nine, Jett went back to work, making three birdies, including one on the 18th hole, for a 33 on the back nine. He finished with Saturday’s best round. Jett birdied all four par 5 holes on the day.
“I played pretty good, other than the double bogey. If I wouldn’t have had that double, I would’ve had a 64. I feel good going into (today),” said Jett, whose best round at Musgrove is a 63. “I played OK (Friday), but I didn’t make any putts.”
O’Toole entered the day one stroke behind first-round leader Mike Greer. He stayed in contention behind a balanced day in Saturday’s second round.
He had three birdies and a pair of bogeys on the day and finished with a one-under par 70 and a 137 total.
Gourgeot had a more sporadic start with a double bogey on the second hole followed by three consecutive birdies, a bogey and a fourth birdie.
He added seven pars, a birdie and a bogey on the back nine to finish with a one-under par 70 and a two-day total of 137.
Bobby Spiller, the 2008 tournament champion, who led going into the final round last year, is just three strokes back following a 72 on Saturday. He rounds out the final foursome of Jett, Gourgeot and O’Toole. The group will open its final round at 1:10 p.m. today.
A total of eight golfers are within five strokes of Jett.
After Gourgeot, O’Toole and Spiller, Greer is also within striking distance after following up Friday’s 66 with a 74 on Saturday for a 140 total. Andrew Lowry, Jimmy Reist and Blaise Wilson sit five back at 141.
A pair of local golfers, David Lawrence and Steve Hudson, are both seven strokes back at 143.
Last year’s tournament champion Trey Mullinax, a member of the University of Alabama’s national championship golf team, followed up Friday’s 73 with a 71 in the second round for a 144 total.
Matt Bennett had the shot of the day in the second round, acing the 183-yard sixth hole.