Kyle Sapp, of Gardendale, heads in to the final round of the Drex Guthrie Classic with a four-stroke lead on the field. (Photo/Thomas Graning)
Kyle Sapp, of Gardendale, heads in to the final round of the Drex Guthrie Classic with a four-stroke lead on the field. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

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Sapp leads Drex Guthrie Classic by four strokes

Published 10:31pm Thursday, June 6, 2013

Kyle Sapp, a native of Gardendale, leads the Drex Guthrie Classic by four strokes heading in to the final round of play today.

Sapp fired back-to-back rounds of 63, and leads 2012 champion Will Dottley by four stokes. Former Troy University golfer Ricky Casko and Nate Rav are five shots back.

Sapp said that his hot start to the tourney is due to getting putts to fall.

“I have been hitting the ball well lately,” Sapp said. “It is just a case of getting the ball to fall. The course is in such good shape that I can really take an extra second to get my head clear, and then make a good shot.”

Sapp played the Pro-Am on Wednesday with Troy football coach Larry Blakeney and athletic director John Hartwell, and used some superstition from his good round again on Thursday.

Sapp, the leading money winner this season on the Emerald Coast Pro Golf Tour, said that he kept the same routine on both days.

“I went by Sonic and got me a slush that morning, and some water, and I had a good day,” Sapp said with a smile. “I kept my clubs on the cart overnight, because I really like that cart, and the number on it, 28.”

Rain was expected to move in to the Troy area overnight, which Sapp feels will play to his advantage.

“I like to hit the ball a little higher, and not roll as much,” Sapp said. “We played a little in the rain today and I enjoy it because I like the greens to play a little softer.”

The final round of the 2013 Drex Guthrie Classic gets underway around 9 a.m. on Friday at the Troy Country Club.

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