Al Muskewitz: Anniston CC playing for club pride
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Anniston Country Club will be looking to extend its slim lead when the second stage of the inaugural 1909 Cup comes to Alabama today.

The tournament is a three-round event celebrating the 100th anniversaries of the three clubs celebrating their centennials this year — Anniston CC, Coosa Country Club of Rome, Ga., and Columbus (Ga.) CC.

Sixty players — 10 two-man teams from each club — will play a Stableford scoring system. ACC was 25 points over its quota in the first stage in Rome. Coosa is 24 points over, while Columbus is four points over. The Columbus stage will be played in October.

The winner will be determined by the cumulative score of the three rounds and will hold the 1909 Cup for the year.

In future years, the clubs will converge on one course to battle for the Cup.

"Hopefully, we'll start a new tradition," ACC general manager Chip Howell said.

County tournament: How's that line from the "Star Trek" movies go? The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one?

That's certainly what applies in the Best of the Best Series points race, and the irony isn't lost on Jeremy McGatha.

The series points leader was among those who approved a player's dropping his two worst finishes in the series, but that decision might come back to haunt him.

McGatha leads the series standings by 112.5 points going into the double-point Calhoun County Championship on Aug. 14-16 at Cane Creek. He's tossing a second- and a third-place finish (325 points), and even with two wins and three seconds could get beat out for Player of the Year by the math.

"I've definitely been thinking about that, but it has to be that way because everybody can't play in all seven (series events)," he said. "Fortunately, I've been able to play in all of them and done well in all of them … but if I were in the others' position, now they have a chance."

McGatha can clinch the title by finishing no worse than third in the County. He said winning the Player of the Year was "very important" important to him, but he'd also like to be County Champion.

"All of us have things in our lives we shoot for," he said. "My hobby is playing golf, and I would love being Player of the Year. I'd love to be the County Champion and I'd love to be Player of the Year, but first and foremost, I hope I finish in the top three to get Player of the Year."

The County Championship is open to all players, whether they compete in the Best of the Best Series or not. Deadline for entries is Wednesday.

All players who register will be entered in a drawing to win a custom-made Tad Moore putter.

Ace in the crowd: Michael Downey of Piedmont scored his first hole-in-one in 15 years when he aced the fourth hole at Pine Hill Country Club. The 44-year-old Westinghouse engineer holed a 7-iron from 161 yards.

The shot was witnessed by his son, Haden, Rusty Davis, Taylor Davis, Geoffe White and Michael Doss.

Goings on: Anniston's Pat Hughes is the lone Calhoun County player in the U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier Wednesday at Vestavia Country Club. He'll be one of 33 players shooting for two spots … The RMC Foundation Charity Golf Open is Sept. 30 at Silver Lakes. Entry deadline for the four-man scramble is Sept. 25. Sponsorship deadline is Sept. 16. Call Vicki Simmons (235-5147 or 453-7650) for details.
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