Coleman Tidwell Jr. and Lee Gerdes have had some success playing as a team before, but that was close to 10 years ago.
But Tidwell and Gerdes are back together this weekend in the Honors Championships at Healy Point Country Club, and they shot a first-round 60 to take a one-shot lead going into the final round Sunday. The team of Mark Hurt and Poli Medrano shot a 61, while Zach Zediker and Seth Sanders are two shots back after a 62.
“Any time you can go out and shoot a 60, it is a pretty fun day,” said Gerdes, who lost his longtime partner Taylor Jernigan when Jernigan turned professional four months ago. “Coleman and I play a very similar game, and both are of us are fairly consistent, and I was glad to be able to get him as a partner. The course was playing short (Saturday), and we played well, but we know it will probably take another low round (Sunday) if we want to win it.”
Tidwell and Gerdes were consistent throughout the round. Their scorecard included no bogeys, while recording birdies on 12 of the 18 holes as both players had six birdies.
“Lee got off to a great start, and I got out of the gate a little slow, but after that, I was able to get it going, and Lee played well all day,” Tidwell said. “I have played some terrible golf this summer, but I played three straight days in a tournament earlier this month and had two very good days and felt like my game was coming along. I feel good right now hitting the golf ball, and hopefully that will continue on Sunday.”
Medrano had eight birdies to go along with an eagle on the par-4 18th hole. Zediker and Sanders also had a great day and find themselves only two shots out of the lead.
“I am just trying to play my best and hit good shots all day, and when we came in with a 62, we halfway thought that we would be leading the tournament,” said Zediker, a recent Kennesaw State signee from Macon whose Saturday round included two eagles. “Obviously there were some others that had great rounds, too. But we are in the mix heading into Sunday so we have to feel good about that.”
Sanders said he and Zediker have a simple plan when playing together as a team.
“We play a lot of golf together, and we always try and beat the crap out of each other,” said Sanders, who ended his career at Darton College and will now will head to Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. “Zach is fun to watch when he is playing well, and he took the pressure off me, and we had a lot of fun (Saturday).”