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November 24, 2014


From the Bunker: Tips for the high school golfer

The start of the high school golf season is not that far around the corner. Kenny Szuch, the pro at Cane Creek, was kind enough to give some advice for young golfers:

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Saturday 11/15/2014
From the Bunker: Foot Golf tournament cancelled due to cold feet
Posted: November 15, 2014

Due to cold weather, the grand opening tournament of the Foot Golf Course at the Hill was postponed yesterday until early 2015. You might say the tournament officials got cold feet.

Saturday 11/08/2014
From the Bunker: Plenty of aces at Pine Hill
Updated: November 08, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Larry Sprinkle knocked home his second career hole-in-one this past week at Pine Hill. He aced the par-3 142-yard No. 14 hole with a 6-iron.

Saturday 11/01/2014
Golf notebook: White Plains' Griffin sinks hole-in-one
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 4:31 pm

It is that time of year when the weather is turning chilly and the true lovers of golf show their faces on our area courses. Young Nathan Griffin of White Plains is one of those as he bagged his second hole-in-one of the year Thursday at Pine Hill. He aced the Par-3 157-yard fourth hole with a 7-iron. Cameron McCareth witnessed the shot.

Saturday 10/25/2014
From the Bunker: The perfect day of golf
Updated: October 25, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Fall and winter are some of the best times to get out and play some golf in our area. Most of the courses are not as crowded, and some have dropped their rates to attract golfers. Here is my vision of the perfect day this fall.

Saturday 10/18/2014
From the Bunker: Augusta is on my bucket list
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 4:56 pm

How many of you remember how you got interested in golf? I grew up in the age where we had a black and white television that only had three channels to watch. Sports were limited on the tube to just the weekend, and golf was maybe a Sunday event when they had the four majors.

Saturday 10/11/2014
From the Bunker: Sears aces his 14th career hole-in-one
Updated: October 11, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Doug Sears nailed a hole-in-one last week at Pine Hill as he aced the p-3, 153-yard No. 3 hole with a 6-iron. It marked his 14th hole-in-one. John Sears and Rick Taylor and were witnesses.

Saturday 10/04/2014
In The Bunker: Szuch makes history; Brooks wins county
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Oakmont Country Club is located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh has been the host of more USGA and PGA championships than any golf course in America. It was built and opened in 1903 and has served as a host to many of golf’s greatest historical moments.

Saturday 09/27/2014
In the Bunker: 71-year-old Weiser helps pace scramble team to ministries tourney crown
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:49 pm

It was a day for the ages at Stoney Brook Country Club on Thursday as 71-year-old William Weiser defied his age and led his four-man scramble team to a two-stroke victory in the JSU Baptist Campus Ministries 24th annual golf tournament.

Saturday 09/20/2014
In the Bunker: Buddy Moore tourney continues benefiting charity
Updated: September 20, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Good news from Buddy Moore Tournament: One of the great things about golf and golfers in general is the good things they can accomplish for charities while playing a round of golf.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Golf notebook: Wigington, Ellison, Brooks, McGatha make county match-play semifinals
Updated: September 20, 2014 - 5:18 pm

The Calhoun County Match Play Championship is down to the final four golfers this week and play will begin this week at Cane Creek. Gary Wigington (No. 1 seed) and Jaylon Ellison (No. 5 seed) will meet in one semifinal match, and it will be 10th-seeded Andrew Brooks facing third-seeded Jeremy McGatha in the other match.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
JSU golf: Anderson breaks school record by firing 60
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 5:30 pm

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. — Jacksonville State senior Tomasz Anderson used a record-breaking final round Tuesday to cap a record-breaking win at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

Saturday 09/06/2014
From the Bunker: Wigington, Ellison move to match-play semifinals
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 5:21 pm

When one gets to see the finest golfers in Calhoun County play, you start thinking that you can play that way and everything should be that easy. I got that way last week as I headed out to Cane Creek with my hopes high and decided that my last month of playing  a lot, after hardly even playing for 25 years, was enough to put me in the running for player of the year next year.

Saturday 08/30/2014
Golf notebook: Wigington, Rogers, Thompson, Ellison advance in county match-play event
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm

I had the opportunity to play Pine Hill for the first time recently. My golfing buddy Jeff Johnston and I headed out with our 30 handicaps to see if we were making any progress at all in our game. I have successfully managed to bring him down to my level in just four weeks.

Saturday 08/23/2014
Golf notebook: Holes-in-one, White Plains third-grader highlight week of golf
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 9:10 pm

There has got to be something in the air up at Stoney Brook in Jacksonville as they had yet another hole-in-one this past week. I think we need to nick name the course “Hole-in-One Heaven.”

Saturday 08/16/2014
Local golf: Wigington holds three-stroke lead in county championship
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Patience was the key for Gary Wigington at the Calhoun County Championship on Saturday.

Friday 08/15/2014
McGatha, Wigington lead county tourney after one round
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Jeremy McGatha got off to a blazing start Friday with birdies on Nos. 3 and 7 and an eagle on No. 5. He kept that lead the rest of the day, posting a first-round 66 to lead the Calhoun County Championship at Cane Creek.

Monday 08/11/2014
PGA Tour selects Opelika for 2015 event
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 9:50 pm

MONTGOMERY — The PGA Tour is coming to Alabama.

Saturday 08/09/2014
Sanders wins county senior title on fifth playoff hole
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Sixty-year-old David Sanders led only once in the two-day Calhoun County senior golf championship, but it was at the right time.

In the Bunker: Indian Oaks employee nails an ace
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 7:57 pm

At Indian Oaks, employee Will Brown hit a 9-iron for an ace on the 169-yard, par-3 second hole Thursday morning before going to work. David Curvin and Craig Thornton witnessed the shot.

Monday 07/28/2014
Wigington's birdie streak leads to Pine Hill crown
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 11:37 pm

It was a round for the ages Sunday for Gary Wigington as he shook off a first-hole bogey to reel off 10 birdies in 14 holes and capture a six-shot victory over Jaylon Ellison in the Pine Hill Country Club Invitational.

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