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Grove enjoys trick shots because they serve as a study break – something to fend off the monotony after 25 consecutive practice chips from the same spot – and require him to think outside the box and visualize an imaginative shot.
Three area golfers – Emily Baumgart, Reid Hatley and Russell Grove – have collected player of the year honors for 2019.
Peter Lansburgh made the biggest move, firing a 6-under-par 66 for a three-day total of 12 under and a one-shot lead over good friend Jesse Schutte. T.K. Kim and first-round leader Steve Tarkon are two shots off the pace at 10-under 206.
Russell Grove moved to the top of the Lilac City Invitational leader board Friday after another tough scoring day in breezy conditions at the Fairways.
David Brown went low with a 7-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over amateur Derek Bayley, who went even lower with a sizzling 62 on Saturday at Indian Canyon, and 2017 Pacific Northwest section player of the year Russell Grove (68).
Justin Wiles of Eagle Point (Oregon) Golf Club shot a 7-under-par 64 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the 31st Rosauers Open Invitational at Indian Canyon Golf Course.
The North Idaho College golf coach walked off the 18th green after making his sixth birdie in seven holes for an apparent two-stroke win. However, minutes later carts took Grove, playing partners Derek Berg and Jason Molner and their caddies back to No. 6, where it was determined Grove had violated a rule by improving his lie, area of intended stance or swing or line of play, apparently by moving a live branch.
Saturday is known as moving day in 72-hole golf tournaments and that’s exactly what unfolded at the Lilac City Invitational. The movement went in both directions on another windy day at the Fairways. Vinnie Murphy, of Linden Country Club in Puyallup, Clarkston’s Drew Reinland and Spokane’s Dylan Maine climbed up the leaderboard while second-round leader Shane Prante missed an opportunity to take control of the tournament.
First-round leader Shane Prante extended his advantage at the Lilac City Invitational on Friday, firing a 3-under-par 69 for a three-shot lead halfway through the tournament at The Fairways Golf Course.
Low scores are usually the norm at the Lilac City Invitational, but the Fairways more than held its own in Thursday’s opening round.
Favorites aren’t hard to find for this week’s Lilac City Invitational. The list begins with familiar names, including Spokane’s Corey Prugh.
Russell Grove, a PGA professional and head golf coach at North Idaho College the last four years, was named the Omega Player of the Year for 2017 by the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA.
One of the most exciting shootouts in the Rosauers Open Invitational’s memorable 30-year history was replaced by perhaps the event’s most controversial ending.
Derek Berg had a wonderful ball-striking round Friday, missing just one fairway and one green. Saturday wasn’t nearly as easy, requiring stroke-saving scrambling and some timely putts. Still, Berg ended the day where he began, with a two-shot lead in the 30th Rosauers Open Invitational at Indian Canyon.
Derek Berg shot an 8-under 63 Friday at Indian Canyon to take the first-round lead of the 30th annual Rosauers Open Invitational.
North Idaho College golf coach Russell Grove shot a 1-under 73 Thursday to wrap up a six-shot victory at the Oregon Open.
Russell Grove has put himself in position to win late in golf tournaments several times, but hasn’t been able to close the deal. He closed Sunday in a big way, blistering The Fairways with nine birdies en route to an 8-under-par 64 and a three-stroke victory at the 50th Lilac City Invitational. The 27-year-old assistant pro at Avondale finished the 72-hole event 18-under 270 to earn $5,000 for first place.
Jason Humphrey has been here before, roughly one year ago.
It’s been fairly common for pros to post low numbers at the Lilac City Invitational over the years, but windy conditions Thursday bumped the scores up and created a crowded leaderboard. Avondale assistant pro Russ Grove and Shane Prante of Olympia fired 5-under-par 67s at The Fairways to share the first-round lead. Jason Humphrey, of Coos Bay, Ore., was at 68 and Todd Pence, an assistant at The Fairways, shot a 69.