While all the other leaders were having a rough day after a strong 18 holes Saturday, Matt Gann remained steady in the second round Sunday on the way to his third Harlan Invitational title.
Gann, who was a stroke behind Drew Chamberlain after the first 18 holes, pulled away Sunday for a four-stroke victory. Gann, a Pineville resident who coaches golf at Bell County High School, shot a three-under par 65 on Sunday after shooting a 63 on Saturday. Chamberlain, a Cumberland resident who coaches golf at Harlan County High School, cooled off from his 62 on Saturday with a two-over par 70 on Sunday to finish with a 132.
“I thought I played pretty well today,” Gann said. “I finally started hitting some puts and got some momentum.”
Ben Langley had the best second round in the championship flight with a 62 to move from ninth to third with a three-under par 133. Jason Estep was fourth with a 135. Madison Johnson and Cameron Bailey tied for fifth with a 137.
The Harlan Invitational title was the third for Gann, who also won in 2007 and 2012. Gann is off to a strong start this spring with tournament titles in Jonesville, Va., and Pineville, along with winning a qualifier at Somerset for the state amateur tournament.
“I thought I played well,” Gann said. “It’s always fun coming up here, and I’ve been coming up here for a lot of years. It’s a really good field, a really good tournament and the golf course is in good shape.”
Matt Gann 128, Drew Chamberlain 132, Ben Langley 133, Jason Estep 135, Madison Johnson 137, Cameron Bailey 137, Andrew Forester 138, Pete Cornett 140, Brad Harris 140, Tyler Langley 142, Kevin Burns 144, Elmo Greer 144, Luke Minor Jr. 145, Jeremy Langley 145, Cory Elza 150, Carl Smith Jr. 154, Wally Langley 154, J.R. Greer 163.
Mike Granato 146, David White 147, Jon Simpson 148, Joe Carroll 149, Bradley Guyn 150, Robbie Davidson 152, Jon Hollan 153, Tyler Bailey 155, Mark Keith 156, Randy Bailey 158, Travis Jasper 159, Rusty Ray 161, Bobby Brittain 162, Hunter Davis 165.
Mike Howard 156, Will Clem 157, Blake Long 158, Tom Short 159, John Turner 159, Terry North 164, Kyle Mefford 165, Ken Jones 169, John Bryson 172, John Prince 173, Greg Sawyers 192.
Clark Osborne 156, Darryl Noe 160, Justin Howard 164, Allen Haywood 164, Marcus Johnson 164, Greg McKnight 166, Howard Farmer 166, Scott Lee 169, Ron Williamson 172, Marvin Haynes 173, Pete Cornett Sr., 175, Joe Daniels 176, Todd Collett 180, Harry Deweese 182, Jerry Rolfes 187, Allan Borja 187, Jeff Osborne 193.
Tommy Wright 166, Kevin Hatfield 168, Tyler Brewer 169, Jason Moore 171, Ron Harper 175, Greg Griffen 182, Charles Short 184, Don Howard 184, Avery Bowling 184, Jimmy Browning 191, Stephen Bryson 192, Eddie Stewart 193, Jason Lindon 197, Billy Joe Helton 199, Steve Tschirhart 211, Chris Gross 211, Logan Murray 214, Tyler Farris 238, Lester Short 241.