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December 25, 2014


From the bunker: Brandt wins Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach

Jimmy Brandt, an annual entrant to the Cane Creek Fort McClellan Credit Union Pro-Invitational has won the Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach television show. He defeated nine other contestants to win in miraculous fashion as he had to hole out a shot to stay in contention. He then battled his way to the championship.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Golf notebook: 'Toys for Kids' tournament a hit
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 4:07 pm

We have a hole-in-one to report this week coming from Silver Lakes. Gary Smith rattled one home from 110 yards on the Backbreaker Course No. 2 with a pitching wedge. Wayne Jackson, Wayne Stillwell and Ted Waldrep were on hand Dec. 2 for the big shot.

Saturday 12/06/2014
From the Bunker: For lower scores, work a little more on your short game
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Long is not the secret to scoring the best in your round of golf, according to Kenny Szuch, the PGA professional at Cane Creek. As the winter months begin to draw near Kenny offers up his look at the weekend amateur players with the following advice.

Sunday 11/30/2014
Golf notebook: Toys for Kids at Pine Hill set for Saturday
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 9:34 pm

One of the great events of the year for Pine Hill Country Club is their annual Toys for Kids golf tournament Saturday. Club Pro Cory Etter and his team of workers and volunteers have put together a special tournament that provides benefits to local kids to help make their Christmas one to remember.

Saturday 11/22/2014
From the Bunker: Tips for the high school golfer
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 4:57 pm

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:

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.

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