For the third year in a row, the slate follows the same order and general playing dates.
And that’s just the way tour organizers want it to stay.
“That’s very important to us,” two-time County Player of the Year Jeremy McGatha said. “I know we’re not the PGA Tour, but we’re the Calhoun County Golf Tour and we’re trying to make it a good experience for everybody. The more we can keep it in line year to year the better it is for everybody.”
The Tour schedule opens April 5-6 with the Cider Ridge Invitational. The other six tournaments that account for the Race to the 16 — the field for the Calhoun County Match Play Championship — are the King of The Hill at Anniston Municipal (April 16-17), Wilfred Galbraith ACC Invitational (May 16-18), Cane Creek Pro-Invitational (May 30-June 1), Silver Lakes Amateur (June 28-29), Pine Hill Invitational (July 26-27) and the 77th Calhoun County Championship at Cane Creek (Aug. 15-17).
Two-time reigning Player of the Year Gary Wigington applauds the consistency in the schedule.
“It’s good to know how things are going to fall so we can go ahead and plan for off days, vacations and things like that,” he said. “It’s a good thing no doubt.”
The county golf season officially gets underway March 15-16 with the County Two-Man at Cane Creek.
Other area events of note are the Maj. Dwayne Williams Memorial Classic at Silver Lakes (May 10), Sunny King Charity Classic (July 11-13), Cherokee County CC’s Two-Man Scramble (May 24-25) and the Dub Ellis Cherokee County CC Invitational (July 19-20).
SCOREBOARD: Dustin Travis, Dennis Austin and Scott Watson got their new golf year off to a festive start by posting a 60 and winning a scorecard playoff with an eagle at 18 to win Pine Hill’s New Year’s Day Scramble on Wednesday.
Tony Hicks, Mike Miller, Donnie Ford and Wayne Boyd also shot 60. Ray Doss, Horace Rosamond, John Long and Grady Sapp shot 61.
• Randall Doss, Josh Poole, Steve Taylor and Chris Hubbard shot 16-under-par 56 to win the White Plains Band Boosters Blue Christmas Scramble at Pine Hill Country Club. They won by a shot over Bill Owens, Shane Chappell, J.H. Connell and Austin Minter.
Ben Padgett, Charles Padgett, Larry Reaves and Britt Weems took the second flight with a 62. They won by a shot over Nick Hubbard, Scott Bowman, Blake Gilmore and Dewayne Garrett.
Poole (No. 3) and Hubbard (No. 16) won closest to the pin prizes.
These were the first tournaments employing the course’s new fleet of electric E-Z-Go carts.