Originally created 03/11/01

Arkansas golfer proves consistent



A model of consistency this week, David Dyer finds himself in the driver's seat of the NGA/Hooters Tour's first major championship of the year.

Dyer fired his third straight 4-under-par 67 in the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic at the River Golf Club on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Springdale, Ark., resident takes a two-shot lead over Derrick Pursley into today's final round.

"I had another solid round," Dyer said. "I felt like I really putted well. I really didn't make any long (putts), but I made all the short ones."

Pursley, of Odessa, Texas, shot a 68 and is alone in second place. Zach Johnson, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also shot a 68 and is three shots off the pace at 10-under 204.

Dyer had his second bogey-free round of the tournament and made four birdie putts of 15 feet or less. He drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-four first hole to kick-start his round.

At 12-under-par 201, Dyer is in position to earn his first tour win after three yearsof competition. At last year's Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, Dyer failed to make the cut.

He started this year by missing the cut in the season-opening NGA Ravines Golf Classic. But Dyer has improved, tying for 52nd the second week and finishing 16th last week. In just two weeks, Dyer vaulted from 90th on the money list to 39th.

"I've got to be completely positive," Dyer said. "It sounds stupid, but really I'm going to try and take it one shot at a time. That's what you've got to do."

Aiken's Greg Boyette shot his second straight 68 and leads a trio of local golfers with a 206. Playing in the next-to-last group, Augustan William Lanier carded a 72 for a 207, and fellow Augustan Vaughn Taylor posted a 67 for a 209.

Lanier was even par on his round after 15 holes. On the short 334-yard, par-4 16th, Lanier hit his approach shot long and then ran his chip shot 30 feet past the hole. A two-putt bogey left him at 1-over for the day.

"It was a little bit of a struggle today," Lanier said. "I know I probably lost some ground. It'll take a real good number (today). But I can still see the fire. It's not out of sight yet."

After rounds of 74-68, Taylor was able to pick up ground with a 67. His 6-iron approach on the par-5 ninth hole left him a three-foot eagle putt, which he converted.

"I'll probably be a lot more aggressive (today)," said Taylor, who entered the tournament leading the tour money list and points standings. "I've got to catch up, but I'm not going to play stupid."

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.