Simpson leads city tourney by one

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Greg Simpson finds himself in an unusual spot heading into today's final round of the Glenn Toyota men's city golf championship - the lead.

Simpson shot a two-under-par 68 Saturday at Juniper Hill to lead the tournament by one stroke over John Brooks and Larry Grasch. Another stroke back at 70 are Drex Davis, Bert Hawkins and David Hicks.

"This is the first good round I've put together in a tournament all year," Simpson said. "I've had a couple of 74s, but this is my best by far.

"It'll be a little different," he added about today's round. "I'm not used to being in the last group. I'll be nervous at first, but hopefully I'll calm down."

Simpson will be teeing off No. 1 this morning at 10:10 in a foursome with Grasch, Brooks and Davis. The group teeing off at 10 from No. 1 includes Hawkins, Hicks, Rex Fowler, who shot 71 Saturday, and Gary Smith, who stands at 72.

As for Saturday's round, "I was able to make a few putts," Simpson said, "and that always helps. I made a 20-foot putt on 15 for par, and that helped out quite a bit. I got up and down about four times I think, and I got a good break on No. 2 when I hit a plug in the back of the green. It could have rolled out of bounds, so that helped.

"All in all I hit the ball solid," he added, "and was able to knock in a few five- and six-foot putts for birdie." Simpson had three birdies on the front nine and two on the back.

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