With wins in other major county golf events, Burgess within range of adding King Classic to his list
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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Garrett Burgess and his Sunny King Charity Classic playing partner, Cypress Hathorn, are two strokes in front, heading into today’s final round. (Photo by Trent Penny/Anniston Star)
Garrett Burgess and his Sunny King Charity Classic playing partner, Cypress Hathorn, are two strokes in front, heading into today’s final round. (Photo by Trent Penny/Anniston Star)
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OXFORD — For all the winning Garrett Burgess has done in Calhoun County over the years, one major event has eluded his grasp — the Sunny King Charity Classic.

He has played with four different partners and the closest he has come to victory is playing in the final pairing on Championship Sunday.

He’s in prime position to correct that oversight on his home course today.

Burgess and partner Cypress Hathorn shot 14-under-par 58 in the modified scramble at Cider Ridge Golf Club on Saturday and will have the tournament lead as it moves to Anniston Country Club today.

The two ACC members stand at 30-under 114 through 36 holes, two shots clear of Gadsden’s Randy Lipscomb and Jake Nichols. Michael Lee and Mike Lewis of Guntersville are third at 117 and defending champions Randy Reaves and Gary Wigington are fourth at 118.

Wigington made the second hole-in-one of this year’s event when he aced Cider Ridge’s eighth hole to highlight the team’s second straight 59.

Record-setting first-round leaders Adrian Geeting and Kenny Wright slipped to fifth (119) after a 7-under 65.

Burgess, 26, had won all the major events in town before testing the waters on the professional mini-tours. He has won the ACC Invitational, the Calhoun County Championship, the Cane Creek Invitational, the Best of the Best series title and is ACC club champ six years running.

But the King Classic is the hole in his resume he’d like to patch.

“This is the only tournament I’ve never won in the county, so it’s kind of a big deal,” he said. “Everybody thinks the tournament is such a big deal … but it’s especially big to win if you are a golfer because everybody thinks so highly of you if you win.”

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