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Pope-Parker lead 44th Slavic, but one rival is still playing

The finale of the 44th Slavic Invitational will be played at Fallen Oak Golf Club north of Biloxi.
The finale of the 44th Slavic Invitational will be played at Fallen Oak Golf Club north of Biloxi. amccoy@sunherald.com File

Travis Pope and Brett Parker lead the Slavic Invitational by one stroke, with one of their main rivals still playing, after shooting a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday at Sunkist Country Club.

Pope and Parker, who shot 126 over the first two days, lead defending champions Josh Lampley and Colin Speirs after they shot a 66 in the second round. The 18-hole finale in the 44th Slavic is Sunday afternoon at Fallen Oak.

Jonathan Bannister and A.J. Meyers turned in a 62 Friday, but were playing late Saturday and haven’t finished.

Ethan Smith and John Boothby shot 64 and 66 for 130 and Payton Osborn and Luke Swanzy followed at 63-68—131.

All teams are flighted before Sunday’s closing round, and will compete for the top three spots in their respective divisions at six area courses. There are more than 1,000 players this year.

“The weather has cooperated and we’re seeing some outstanding golf,” said tournament co-chairman David Leckich. “It’s going to be a tight race to the finish at Fallen Oak.”

Spiders Charity Golf Classic has provided financial support for people with terminal illness for over 22 years. The event has grown because the participants “believe in what we’re doing,” said committee member Rusty Ramage.

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