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Rowland Leads Going Into Final Round of Trustmark Invitational

Posted by Robby Donoho | July 28, 2012 / 08:47pm | Local Sports
TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI/Trustmark Invite) -- It is a hot summer day at Tupelo Country Club where the Trustmark Invitational Golf Tournament is being played for the third time in the 39 year history of the tournament.  At the completion of the second round Alex Rowland, an amateur from Houston, is the leader with a two day score of 138.  Rowland shot a first round score of 68 and second round 70 for an overall six under par. 

Following close on his heels at 139, five under par, are Mississippi State Golf team member Chad Ramey from Fulton and Millsaps Golf Coach, amateur Eddie Brescher from Ridgeland.  Rounding out the top five are Barrett Edens,an amateur from Okolona at 140 and Fletcher Johnson, an amateur from Belden at 141.  Edens was leading after the first round with a 68 and shot a 70 in the second round.  Fletcher shot a 70 and 71 for the first and second rounds. 

The Mississippi State golf team member, Rowland plans to turn professional in the fall or the first of 2013.  "The course is playing great, it is in the best shape I have ever seen it.  I am pleased with my putting for the first two rounds.  My goal for the final round of play is to keep it in the fairway; driving is key." said Rowland. 

The Sonny Cup, a traveling leaded glass crystal trophy, which is presented to the PGA professional medalist with the lowest first round score will be presented to Cliff Bailey, PGA General Manager at Annandale Golf Club, Madison.  Bailey's first round score was 71.  The Sonny Cup was created in 2007 to honor William E. 'Sonny' Lawson, a longtime supporter of the Mississippi PGA.

The tournament showcases a field of the state's top golf professionals and amateurs.  Amateurs and professionals will compete for a total purse of $23,000, while amateurs will be awarded gift certificates and merchandise prizes, including golf equipment and accessories.

All MPGA professionals and apprentices are eligible to play.  Amateurs were to have their handicap verified by a PGA professional, and then submit their entry for consideration.  The Mississippi PGA is comprised of 140 PGA professionals who are recognized experts in the game and business of golf, and are employed at 60 of Mississippi's finest golf facilities. 

In business for over 120 years, Trustmark Bank is one of the oldest and largest financial institutions in Mississippi, and also serves markets in Florida, Tennessee and Texas.  Trustmark Bank is known for its financial and volunteer support of education, healthcare, the arts, and community development.
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