Despite Lecroy entering only the seventh grade at Donoho in the fall and McKinney being a rising senior at Faith Christian, the two have caused havoc in the first flight, which has the second highest skill level.
They combined for a 67 on the first day and 63 during Saturday’s play, which puts them tied for eighth in their flight.
“It’s really a really nice experience,” Lecroy said. “I got my first new pair of shoes today — they’re Nike — and I’ve had a lot of fun with my partner, Caleb. I think we have a good chance to win if we can play well tomorrow.”
Added McKinney: “In the junior tournaments that we play in you don’t get the really, really good golfers that are in this county. There are a bunch of really good golfers out here and it brings more competition and challenges us to play better.”
The two started playing together at Cane Creek, later playing and riding together to junior tour events, including White Plains coach Marcus Harrell’s tournament and Alabama Junior Golf Association events.
“We sort of bonded up,” McKinney said.
As the two play Cider Ridge today, McKinney said they can win if they shoot a good round, while Lecroy showed full confidence in the duo’s potential.
“It would mean a lot. It would show that everyone can compete,” Lecroy said. “We’re kind of playing with a chip on our shoulders.”
After Lecroy and McKinney shot 9 under Saturday, McKinney said he expects 10 under today to be good enough to put the two in first of the first flight.
“I feel like if I can continue my drives Sunday, which I did well the first two days, if I keep them in the fairway and put Jacob on the greens — he’s deadly — and I think the birdies will pile up,” he said. “Anything’s possible.”
Brandon Miller can be reached at 256-235-3575.