Favored Collins in command at Apple Jack Senior
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
As if winning the Apple Jack once a year wasn't enough of an opportunity for Joe Collins.
A year after sweeping both the Apple Jack Senior and Open Championships at Crooked Creek Golf Club, the Hendersonville resident is well on his way to a third straight trophy following a first-round 71 on Saturday at the Apple Jack Senior Championship.
Playing a wet course that softened greens but shortened drives, Collins erupted for birdies on the par-4 12th, the par-5 13th, the par-3 15th and the par-4 16th to take control of the tournament before a double-bogey on 17, a tricky par-4 with a green surrounded by water, gave the rest of the field hope going into today's final round.
The Apple Jack Open will be played next weekend.
“I thought I'd put a little distance between myself and the other guys. I was 3-under after 16 and had a 5-wood in my hand to lay up short (on 17),” the 65-year-old Collins said, “and I changed my mind and picked up my driver. It ran me under a tree, and when I b
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