Del Greco loses early lead at State Am

For nine holes Thursday, former Spain Park golfer Trey Del Greco looked to be one of the top golfers at the 93rd Men’s State Amateur Championship at Greystone, but a rough back nine pushed Del Greco to three over par and No. 25 overall.

Del Greco, now of Vanderbilt University, entered the tournament coming off a qualifier for the U.S. Open, where he finished three strokes shy of making the cut. He started the first round of Thursday’s State Am with a -2 front nine, even with leader Daniel Glidewell of Opelika. A double bogey on No. 11 pushed Del Greco back to par. While he recovered with a birdie on 13, he doubled again on 14 and bogeyed 16 and 18 to finish three over.

Five golfers from the Greater Shelby County area are within four strokes of Glidewell. One of those is Briarwood Christian golfer Matthew Belling, who shot two over Thursday to sit tied at No. 19.

One golfer new to the scene in Alabama is Calera’s new football head coach Scott Martin, who sits tied at No. 40 overall, four over par.

“(Golf) has kind of been a passion of mine. When I’m not doing football, it’s nice to get out on the golf course and away form the job every now and then,” Martin said. “These guys play golf at a different level. I’m a guy that’s not quite as long as they are, so I’m going to have to rely on chipping and putting more than they do.”

Martin shot an even par on his first five holes Thursday, teeing off from No. 10. He struggled with a bogey on two par fives and a par 4, No. 16. A pair of birdies on the front nine canceled out two more bogeys. Tied with Martin is Morgan Driskell of Maylene.

The Championship will continue with an 18 hole round Friday. After Friday’s round, the field of 156 golfers will be reduced to the low 66 scores of the first 36 holes of golf. The final 36 holes will be played with 18 holes Saturday and 18 Sunday.

93rd Men’s State Amateur Championship

Round One

1. Daniel Glidewell, Opelika, 70

T2. Steve Hudson, Birmingham, 71

T2. Cory Gilmer, Hoover, 71

T2. Scott Strohmeyer, Auburn, 71

T2. Will McCurdy, Fort Payne, 71

T2. Stewart Whitt, Athens, 71

T7. Bobby Spiller, Birmingham, 72

T7. Trey Mullinax, Mount Olive, 72

T7. David Zickler, Florence, 72

T7. Kaylor Timmons, Fort Payne, 72

T7. Hunter Hamrick, Montgomery, 72

T7. Blake West, Montgomery, 72

T7. Glenn Northcutt, Dothan, 72

T7. Woodie Eubanks, Pinson, 72

T7. Thomas Twitty, Birmingham, 72

T7. Jared Burleson, Satsuma, 72

T17. Bain Hanning, Selma, 73

T17. Adam West, Montgomery, 73

T19. Scott Weaver, Madison, 74

T19. Matthew Belling, Birmingham, 74

T19. Bruce Haman, Auburn, 74

T19. Garrett Burgess, Anniston, 74

T19. Robbie Cotton, Brewton, 74

T19. Alex Balog, Montgomery, 74

T25. Earle Bidez, Birmingham, 75

T25. Walker Grant, Montgomery, 75

T25. Max McClain, Hoover, 75

T25. Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, 75

T25. Dave Loftin, McCalla, 75

T25. Wes Carter, Hoover, 75

T25. Phillip Weaver, Tuscaloosa, 75

T25. Matt Johnson, Dothan, 75

T25. Josh Dennis, Birmingham, 75

T25. Sam Love, Trussville, 75

T25. Justin Roberts, Decatur, 75

T25. Trey Del Greco, Birmingham, 75

T25. Richard Williams, Alex City, 75

T25. Jaylon Ellison, Anniston, 75

T25. Matt Rogers, Anniston, 75

T40, Brad McGraw, Dothan, 76

T40. Jake Greer, Birmingham, 76

T40. Clay Guerin, Auburn, 76

T40. Hunter Slatton, Tuscaloosa, 76

T40. Brent Cooper, Valley Head, 76

T40. Del Wood III, Birmingham, 76

T40. Robert Lindstrom, Huntsville, 76

T40. Gator Todd, Florence, 76

T40. Will Swift, Hoover, 76

T40. Morgan Driskell, Maylene, 76

T40. Scott Martin, Calera, 76

T40. Mike Shannon, Huntsville, 76

T40. Chip Howell, Anniston, 76

T40. Mike Osborn, Birmingham, 76

T40. Jon Hunt, Birmingham, 76

T56. McLain Leberte, Huntsville, 77

T56. Conner Pratt, Birmingham, 77

T56. Evan Hugall, Auburn, 77

T56. Hunter Hawkins, Fort Payne, 77

T56. Sam Farlow, Birmingham, 77

T56. Ryan Campbell, Toney, 77

T56. Brett Dorner, Tuscaloosa, 77

T56. Gabe Hyde, Hoover, 77

T56. Vic Kyatt, Pelham, 77

T56. Lance Goodson, Birmingham, 77

T56. Jake Nick, Brookwood, 77

T56. Tom Jungkind, Bessemer, 77

T68. Scott Crosswhite, Birmingham, 78

T68. Randy Jones, Athens, 78

T68. Alan Allgood, Florence, 78

T68. Jeff Kaufman, Birmingham, 78

T68. Paul Garner, Selma, 78

T68. Garrett Mayfield, Florence, 78

T68. James Fite, Decatur, 78

T68. Edward Hubbard, Tuscaloosa, 78

T68. Samuel Martin, Decatur, 78

T68. Talbert Griffin, Birmingham, 78

T68. Dusty Ellison, Monroeville, 78

T68. Reid Merritt, Slocomb, 78

T68. Justin Waltman, Trussville, 78

T68. Wesley Coleman, Athens, 78

T68. Blake Watts, Fort Payne, 78

T68. Matthew Fox, Fort Payne, 78

T68 Mark Hudgins, Altoona, 78

T68. Patrick Levio, Hoover, 78

T86. T. Chris Jones, Birmingham, 79

T86. Nicholas Balanis, Birmingham, 79

T86. Thomas Looney, Scottsboro, 79

T89. Matthew Perry, Hoover, 80

T89. Casey O’Toole, Oneonta, 80

T89. Parker Morris, Cropwell , 80

T89. Matthew Morehead, Decatur, 80

T89. Bryant Bradford, Birmingham, 80

T89. Deane Rikard, Killen, 80

T89. John Lawson, Mobile, 80

T89. Thomas Sutton, Montgomery, 80

T89. Josh Rabbit, Tuscaloosa, 80

T89. Will Golden, Auburn, 80

T89. Benji Willmon, Fort Payne, 80

T89. William Sellers, Montgomery, 80

T89. Lee Birchall, Birmingham, 80

T89. Andrew Lowry, Decatur, 80

T89. Evan Dykes, Dothan, 80

T89. Graham Byrom, Huntsville, 80

T89. Cole Claassen, Ozark, 80

T106. Charlie Hearn, Hoover, 81

T106. Chad Elliott, Tuscaloosa, 81

T106. Zack Lynch, Arab, 81

T106. Kevin Terrell, Brewton , 81

T106. Clint Calvert, Birmingham, 81

T106. John Goldasich, Birmingham, 81

T106. Andrew Bergoon, Mobile, 81

T106. Jeremy McGatha, Jacksonville , 81

T106. Tripp Owens, Brewton , 81

T106. Robert Pewitt, Birmingham, 81

T106. David Malone, Birmingham, 81

T117. Michael Hicks, Tuscaloosa, 82

T117. Ray Halbrooks, Hartselle, 82

T117. Miles Wood, Talladega, 82

T117. Griff Fairley, Gadsden, 82

T117. Trent Alexander, Florence, 82

T117. Whtiney Ford, Florence, 82

T117. Brad Dahlke, Athens, 82

T117. Kevin McAbee, Tuscaloosa, 82

T117. Slade Blackwell, Birmingham, 82

T117. Bryan McElderry, Pelham, 82

T127. Tab Hudson, Jasper, 83

T127. Scrappy Edgemon, Gulf Shores, 83

T127. Edward Patridge, Birmingham, 83

T127. Flip Bradley, Huntsville, 83

T127. Harry Lioce, Huntsville, 83

T127. Jordan Maynor, Andalusia, 83

T133. Mitch Rice, Albertville, 84

T133. Adam Hall, Wetumpka, 84

T133. Joseph Tucker, Lexington, 84

T133. James Hathorn, Pell City, 84

T133. Phillip Miles, Birmingham, 84

T133. Tyler McKeever, Auburn, 84

T139. Daniel Garrett, Florence, 85

T139. Cody Watson, Hoover , 85

T139. Andy Duke, Birmingham, 85

T139. Adam Jacobs, Arab, 85

T143. Eddie Scott, Hoover, 86

T143. Adam Weaver, Centre, 86

T143. Wes Quattlebaum, Birmingham, 86

T143. Billy Wood, Birmingham, 86

T147. John Milam, Hoover, 87

T147. Matthew Phelps, Bessemer, 87

T147. Ray Rikard, Killen, 87

T147. Bill Griffin, Dora, 87

T147. Jonathan Spann, Florence, 87

T147. Lawrence Key, Pelham , 87

T147. Rand Mullins, Huntsville, 87

T154. Grant Gilbert, Troy, 88

T154. Tony Raycraft, Birmingham, 88

T156. Greg Stack, Trussville, 89

T156. David Mims, Chelsea, 89

T156. Juddy Carlton, Florence, 89

159. Jon Berry, Pelham, 90

T160. Al Ford, Florence, 91

T160. Sam Thompson, Decatur, 91

T162. Gary Martin, Hoover, 92

T162. Jay Austin, Brownsboro, 92

164. Bradley Flowers, Atmore, 93

165. Kenny Capouya, Montgomery, 97

DQ Jake Vance, Cordova

DQ Patrick Davis, Fairhope

WD Keith Purdy, Columbiana