Originally created 08/25/02

Horne tied for lead at Senior Invitational



GRANITEVILLE - A return to his old golf clubs wasn't the only nostalgic part of Dick Horne's round Saturday at the Midland Valley .

Horne, who is tied for the lead after shooting 4-under-par 68, was a member at Midland Valley Country Club when he worked for South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and lived in Aiken from 1965-67.

Twenty five years after he moved to his current residence of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Horne played like he never left the Ellis Maples-designed course.

Horne, 62, had three birdies, one bogey and an eagle on the par-5 16th hole, where he ran in a 6-foot putt.

"I always like to come back and play this course when I can," Horne said.

Three weeks ago, Horne returned to playing his Callaway X-12 irons after having switched to a new set of the same irons.

"I haven't been playing very well with the new ones," Horne said. "I don't know why; they were the same shaft and everything. But today was a great day."

Horne won the 1975 South Carolina Open and is one of the top senior amateurs in the state. He has played in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Amateur and the British Senior Amateur. Long ago, Horne lost track of how many tournaments he's won.

Horne does know this: he's made 10 aces in his career, two double eagles and has been a club champion 29 times - but never during his years at Midland Valley.

"I've belonged to a lot of clubs," said Horne, who is currently a member at five of them.

Horne is tied for the lead with Greg Scurlock in the 10th and final Regions Cup event of the season for seniors (age 50-over).

Ed Payne made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard sixth hole and shot 70, which was matched by defending champion Danny Marchant and David Joesbury. Michael Benham had 71 and Spencer Sappington and Berry Crain shot 72s.

"I was playing real bad coming into this tournament," Marchant said. "I found something on the first tee, birdied the hole and that got me started."

Today's round is an important one for Joesbury, who is seeking to make the four-player Georgia senior team that will play in the Regions Cup Matches Sept. 14-15 at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson.

Joesbury is in fifth place with 58 points, 17 points behind fourth-place Tony Kearns, who shot 76 Saturday. To make the team, Joesbury needs to finish third or better today and hope that Kearns finishes worse than eighth.

A victory by Payne or Benham today would keep alive personal Regions Cup streaks. Since 1998, Benham and Payne have won Regions Cup tournaments each year. They are winless this year.

Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.