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Two teams sit atop Slavic Invitational leaderboard

Nick Beale and George Byrd are co-leaders of the Slavic Invitational Golf Tournament. They share the lead with Tim McCabe-Jake Kuharich. Both are four shots ahead.
Nick Beale and George Byrd are co-leaders of the Slavic Invitational Golf Tournament. They share the lead with Tim McCabe-Jake Kuharich. Both are four shots ahead. Tommy Snell/Special to the Sun Herald

The teams of Nick Beale-George Byrd and Tim McCabe-Jake Kuharich took commanding leads going into today’s final round of the 2016 Slavic Invitational Tournament after each shot 12-under-par-60 Saturday at the Sunkist and Diamondhead Pine courses respectively. The leaders will head to Fallen Oak at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The two teams have a four shot lead over two teams. John Boothby and Kyle Sapp managed an 8-under 64 at Sunkist and stood at -19. David Lee and Justin Massey carved out a brilliant 63 at Diamondhead Pine.

“Justin is at it again,” Lee said. “He’s made 15 birdies in 36 holes.”

Boothby led the Slavic after 36 holes but has not been able to hoist the Stanovich Trophy. He and Sapp hope to catch fire at Fallen Oak and put pressure on the leaders. Sapp could have brought the team a bit closer, but his eagle putt on 18 slid by the cup.

With one hole left, McCabe and Kuharich stood at 22-under one stroke behind the leaders. Kuharich made an 18-footer on the last hole to keep the duo tied going into today’s final round.

“We birdied two out of the four par-3’s, and that’s a big plus,” said McCabe, who won in 2008 with Allan Martel. Kuharich won in 2010 with Drew Goff.

Added Beale: “We’re hitting the ball better than we ever have in this tournament. We made some putts, and we never birdied the same hole. We both made six birdies.”

The duo had to scramble on Hole 14, but they looked at birdies on the other 17 holes. Kuharich caught fire early and hit a lull in the middle of the round with a few bogies, but McCabe birdied two of those holes to keep the birdie barrage going.

“We birdied the first four holes, and that gave us momentum,” said McCabe.

The teams of Naret Johnson-Brandon Laird are -17 followed by Josh Lampley-Colin Spiers at -16. Any team hoping to catch the leaders will have to have a hot putter on the Tom Fazio greens.

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