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Loy grabs lead at Stroke Play

Josh Loy opened up a surprising lead Saturday in the first round of the Rogue Valley Stroke Play City Championships.

That Loy pulled out in front on Day — of the two-day event in the championship flight isn't as stunning as the difference between the Medford golfer and the event's recent champions.

Loy carded a 4-under-par 66 at Cedar Links Golf Course to take a two-shot lead over Brett Breeze and a three-shot edge over Jim Hoffman and David Boals. Glen Clark enters today's final round in fifth place at 70.

Brooks Newsom, last year's champion, is five shots off the lead in a five-way tie that includes Brad Bills, the 1999 and 2000 champion, at 71.

Newsom's effort was three shots off the opening-round pace he set in winning last year's title. In that victory, however, Newsom fired a course-tying record mark of 7-under 63 to pull away in the final round.

Defending women's champion Luneta Ah-Sam paced her field with a 73 to take a five-shot advantage over Carmen Akins into today's final round.

In the senior championship division, Dan Dixon managed a one-shot lead over defending champion Bob Harrell with a 3-over 73 in Saturday's action.

CITY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

MEN

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

' Josh Loy 66, Brett Breeze 68, Jim Hoffman 69, David Boals 69, Glen Clark 70, Terry Faulkner 71, Bill Bednar 71, Bob Cox 71, Brad Bills 71, Brooks Newsom 71.

FIRST FLIGHT ' Lenny Griggs 71, John Johnson 72, David Krauss 77, D.L. Richardson 77, Ron Moore 78, Paul Oetinger 79, Jim Bullen 79, Jim Tribbey 79, Rick Dyer 79.

SECOND FLIGHT ' Ingo Hippke 79, Dan Johnson 80, Mike Botjer 82, Mike Ritchie 82, Howard Donnelly 83, Matt Pinder 83, Russell Evans 84.

SENIOR MEN

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

' Dan Dixon 73, Bob Harrell 74, Rob Robbins 75, Bob Schumaker 76, Tom Jarvis 76, Doug Rowe 76, Ken Bailey 77.

FIRST FLIGHT ' Sixto Rodriguez 78, Dave Rasmussen 80, Terry Christiansen 82, Arn Whitol 83, Steve Buttolph 84, Brooks Hodapp 84, Bob Udall 85.

WOMEN

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

' Luneta Ah-Sam 73, Carmen Akins 78, Joan Peek 82, Pamela Faurote 87, Twila Massey 89.

FIRST FLIGHT ' Vikki Maddox 94, Janet Marlega 95, Coleen Holbert 95, Lina Bickel 96, Marlene Cash 104, Carolyn Collins 108.

MISC.

MEN'S K.P. No. 5

' 0-6: Eric Austad; 7-11: Ron Moore; 12-up: Scott Vanwey.

MEN'S LONG DRIVE No. 13

' 0-6: David Boals; 7-11: Chris Campbell; 12-up: Scott Reed.

SENIOR MEN'S K.P. No. 2

' 0-12: Rob Robbins; 13-up: Tom Hitzelberger.

SENIOR MEN'S LONG DRIVE No. 6

' 0-12: Ron Primasing; 13-up: Art Hughes.

WOMEN'S K.P. No. 17

' Pamela Faurote.

WOMEN'S LONG DRIVE No. 4

' Luneta Ah-Sam.