Dawson, Martin share lead at county junior


J.D. Dawson is tied for the lead at the 2013 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament. (Photo by Gadsden Times | File)


J.D. Dawson and Harrison Martin shared the overall lead at the end of the opening round of the 2013 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament.

Dawson and Martin both carded 1-over 72s at Gadsden Country Club on Monday. They lead by three strokes going into Tuesday's second round at Briarmeade Golf Course.

Dawson plays in the 16- to 18-year-old division, while Martin is competing in the 13- to 15-year-old group.

On the girls side, defending champion Hope Bishop fired an 8-over 79 to lead Ellie Porter by one stroke.

Dawson was steady throughout, shooting even par on the front nine — his second nine holes of the day — after finishing the back in 1 over. He leads Parker Brown and Garrison Clowdus in the 16- to 18-year-old boys division. Both Brown and Garrison shot 75s, with Brown carding three birdies on his second nine holes to surge into contention.

Jack Sims and Riley Foster are tied for fourth with 77s, while Graham Gunter was just behind at 79.

Martin holds a six-stroke lead in the 13- to 15-year-old boys division. Martin double bogeyed his first hole of the day but responded with birdies at 11 and 13. He caught a lucky break on the 13th when his tee shot — landing short and left of the green — bounced off a sprinkler head and to within four feet of the cup.

Tee Brown and J.P. Pirani are tied for second in the division after recording 78s.

Brock Lawley leads the 11- to 12-year-old boys division with a nine-hole score of 47. In the 7- to 10-year-old boys division, Jackson Bowman took command with a 42.

Bishop’s quest for a second-straight girls title began a bit shaky as she bogeyed two of her first three holes before double bogeying her fifth hole. She rebounded with pars on six of the next seven holes.

Porter heads into the second round in second place after an 80 and leads older sister Ali Porter and Madison Cole by five strokes. Hope Cone is within striking distance after an 86.

Lauren Cole and Savannah Hughes both shott 44 for a tie of the lead in the 11- to 12-year-old girls division. There’s also a tie in the 7- to 10-year-old girls division, with both Miranda Nassif and Lauren Weaver shooting 55s.