State Lefthanders Championship


OXFORD Dante Graham survived a long, hot day on the golf course, and a tough day on the back nine, to remain out front in the 59th Alabama Lefthanders Championship at Cider Ridge Golf Club.


Graham posted a 4-over 76 six shots higher than his opening-round score but actually extended his lead to six shots going into today's final round. He's at 2-over 146 for the championship.


"I don't know what the scores are, but I'm sure I let several people back in, Graham said.


Not really. Greg Payne of Leeds posted the best round of the day 1-over 73 (34-39) to pull into second place (152). Jason Barrett of Trussville, the closest to the lead starting the day, fell to third at 154 after a 79.


"Wow," Graham said when told of the scores. "Then, I'm very fortunate very, very fortunate because I couldn't keep the ball in play; I was hitting it all over the place for a couple holes."


By Al Muskewitz

Sports Writer