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Marcus Smith leads Men’s and Women’s Golf Classic by 4 strokes

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Winnebago grad Marcus Smith took a commanding lead in the Men's and Women's Golf Classic shooting a 66 on Saturday at Elliott Golf Course. Smith hit three straight birdies on holes 11, 12, and 13 to jump ahead, and he kept the lead heading into tomorrow. The former state champion is headed to Eastern Michigan to play golf in the fall.

On the women's side, it's a slight lead for Natalie Hooper after shooting a 78. The Rockford Lutheran grad hangs on to a tight lead, as Hui Cheng Dofflemyer is right behind her at 79.

This tournament is spread out between two weekends, the first two rounds this weekend, then the final two rounds next Saturday and Sunday.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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