Wilkinson’s Ted Smith fired a 2-under-par 68 today at the IGA Senior Match Play Championship held at Delaware CC to claim the number two seed heading into the Match Play portion of competition. Fort Wayne’s Sam Till will be seeded first due to his win at last year’s event.
"I got a lot of good breaks today and I made some important putts,” Smith said. "My highlight of the day came on the par 4, 10th hole. I had a chip for par and figured I would make no better than bogey, but I chipped in.”
Smith had five birdies today coming on the par 4, 3rd, the par 5, 4th, the par 4, 5th, the par 4, 7th, and the par 4, 17th. He also carded on bogey on the par 3, 6th, and a double bogey on the par 3, 14th.
"I’m happy with how I played overall,” Smith said. "But I know I’ll still have a tough match tomorrow no matter who I play.”
Smith put himself in a good position heading into tomorrow and is looking for his fourth IGA victory, with previous wins coming in ’02 at the Senior Team Championship (with partner Jerry Caplinger) and in '01 and ’10 at the Senior Amateur Championship.
Smith will face the number 15 seed Carl Hobbs of Elwood.
Sixteen players, including Till qualified for Match Play. Matches will begin tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.