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Turner ties course record, grabs lead

By PAUL EBNER
April 25, 2009 at midnight
Updated April 23, 2009 at 11:24 p.m.

Jerod Turner of Hurst chips in for birdie from the bunker at the par-3, No. 8 Friday during the third round of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series DeTar/Victoria Chamber of Commerce Open. Turner tied a course record with a 9-under 63 to grab a one-shot lead over Connie Pierce of Oklahoma City going into Saturday's final round.

The third round is most commonly known as moving day on the golf circuit. Jerod Turner of Hurst apparently was ready to do just that on Friday.

Starting the day five shots off the lead, Turner went out and tied a Victoria Country Club course record with a 63 to take a one-shot lead going into Saturday's final round of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series DeTar/Victoria Chamber of Commerce Open golf tournament.

Turner got an early indication of the way his day would go on the very first hole. Turner holed the first of three chip-ins on the front nine for an eagle and he was off an running.

"That definitely gets the blood flowing," Turner said following his round. "I've no complaints today."

The eagle at the par-5 first was just the start of things to come. Turner added birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 8 to make the turn at 6-under 30 to move a top the leaderboard.

A chip-in birdie at the par-4 10th and birdies at the par-4 14th and 16th had him on the edge of setting a new course record with two holes to play.

Turner had to settle for pars at the 17th and 18th to finish with a share of the record previously set by Tight Lies Tour competitor Jeff Leach and Northwestern University's Josh Habig at 63.

"I played solid and just missed a couple of shots and when I did miss, I managed to chip in," Turner said.

Turner's 63 put him at 6-under 210 following earlier rounds of 76-71. He also has a one-shot advantage over Connie Pierce of Oklahoma City, who was hot on Turner's heels and finished the day at 6-under 65.

"I just didn't make any mistakes, at least nothing big," Pierce said of his round that was bogey free and included seven birdies.

Pierce has pieced together rounds of 74-72 to go with his 65 for a 211.

Both golfers felt the key to success was slightly softer greens that allowed them to make a few more putts.

"The greens were softer and a degree slower and that really helped," Turner said.

Pierce echoed Turner's words.

"The greens were softer and gave you an opportunity to make some putts, but the wind was still blowing," Pierce said.

Second-round leader Edward Loar of Dallas and A.J. Elgert of Lincoln, Neb., are two shots back of Turner at 4-under 212. Loar posted a 2-under 70 Friday, while Elgert finished at 4-under 68.

Turner's roommate Mark Walker, also of Hurst, posted a 68 and was at even par.

"Usually when one of us plays good, the other plays bad," Walker said of Turner's round. "This is kind of a switch."

NOTES:VCC assistant pro Joe Mitchell Jr., who partnered with Turner on Friday, shot a 1-over 73 and was tied for 13th at 4-over 220. ...Victoria amateur Mark Bazan shot a third-round 73 and was at 6-over 222 and tied for 20th. ...The course appears to be playing easier each day. Wednesday's first round yielded just six scores under par, while Thursday's round produced seven. Friday's round had eight scores under par, including turners 63 and Pierce's 65.

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