Butch Lambert up for grabs

SALTILLO – If there’s any solace that comes from having your golf clubs stolen, Chris Mills experienced that on Saturday afternoon.
Mills, who had his clubs stolen just over a week ago, shot a 1-under-par 71 with new clubs during Saturday’s first round of the Butch Lambert Invitational at the Natchez Trace Golf Club.
That score was good enough to land him in a three-way tie for second place, one stroke behind leader Bobby Lehman, entering today’s final round.
“I just bought them yesterday,” Mills said on Saturday evening about his new set of clubs. “It’s the first time I had the plastic off them.”
Mills said he “will be lucky to hang in there” with those on top of the leaderboard. He is tied for second with Joe Collins and David Griffin.
Just behind the trio at 1-under-par is the foursome of Trey Ellis, Bo Reed, Adam Hall and Tanner Sparks, who each shot par on Saturday.
“I just don’t play as much as these other boys do,” Mills said. “I think it’s a great field. You got a guy like Trey (Trapp) that shot a 75 today. He’s likely to come back and shoot 65 tomorrow and win it all. He’s that good of a golfer.”
Collins, the president of the Natchez Trace Golf Club, was another golfer who didn’t consider himself as talented as some of the others on top of the leaderboard with him.
“I’m very pleased,” he said of being one stroke off the lead. “I played very well today for me. I’m not as talented as some of these guys on the board.
“I don’t get a lot of style points for my golf game, but being a member here, I’m more comfortable. I know how to play the course and I am capable of shooting a good round every now and then.”
Collin Burns and Wilson Reeder are tied for the lead in the high school division after each shot a 75 on Saturday. Nick Rainey is one stroke back.
In the super senior division, Jim Mealer’s 77 put him in first heading into today’s final round. Al Wiygul trails by a stroke.
The event was delayed early Saturday afternoon for almost an hour due to lightning.

John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal