Al Muskewitz: McGatha was dominant in 2009 season
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The upset Sunday would have been if Jeremy McGatha didn't leave Cane Creek with the Calhoun County Player of the Year trophy under his arm, and a review of the Best of Best statistics just amplified his dominance.

McGatha will collect four additional plaques when the series awards are presented at the Odds vs. Evens Shootout in October.

Besides the points title, McGatha won the scoring title (70.25), greens in regulation (13.0 per round), birdies (62) and eagles (four). He also led in the series in Par-4 scoring (3.958) and Par-5 scoring (4.603).

"For me, it's the best golf I've put together since I've been playing golf — for seven tournaments," McGatha said. "I was 22-under for seven events and only played one over par. I was happy with way I hit it, I played pretty steady overall.

"The one thing I am disappointed in is my two worst finishes of the year were at my home course. I had two 3rds at Cane Creek."

McGatha won't be alone on the awards stand. Calhoun County champion Jaylon Ellison hit the most fairways (11.08 per round) and Matt Rogers won the putts title (28.29). It took a minimum of 10 posted Series rounds to qualify for the statistics.

Garrett Burgess led the series in Par-3 scoring (3.00) and Gary Wigington proved to be the most proficient putter, averaging 1.625 putts per green hit in regulation.

McGatha will captain the Odds squad in the October event. His team will include Jacksonville State teammates Burgess, Nathan Bennett and Marcus Harrell, Matt Rogers, Janson Wilborn, Chip Howell and Clay Calkins.

Ellison will captain the defending champion Evens, which will include Ott Chandler, Wigington, Grant Hockman, Adrian Geeting, Benji Turley, Dan Griffin and Gary Wilborn.

Overall, it was a record-setting season for the series, which just completed its third year.

The players set all-time season records in every major statistical category except birdies and putts.

"Everybody takes their category a little more seriously now," Ellison said. "The series has built momentum every year and next year it'll be even better."

• BUDDY MOORE TRIBUTE: Last week it was reported that the Buddy Moore Two-Man Scramble, on Aug. 29-30 at Anniston Municipal, had sold out in two days.

It did fill up — with verbal commitments — but tournament organizers said the field will close with the first 80 players paid. Players are expected to come in from as far away as Florida to pay tribute to the longtime Hill pro.

Entry fee is $70 per player and must be paid by Friday. All the proceeds will go toward helping the Moore family defray expenses incurred following Buddy's car accident in January. He is recovering in Tuscaloosa, but tournament organizers are hoping he can make an appearance at the event during the Saturday round.

For more information on the tournament, call Paul Wade (231-7631), Tom Sawyer (453-5941) or Pat O'Brien (282-8039). Call Keith Robertson (453-6124) for sponsorship information.

• LOCAL NOTES: Brenda Seales won the Anniston Country Club Ladies Club Championship last week. She edged Gail Kemp and Brenda Free in the Championship Flight.

Janelle Cassidy won the First Flight championship. Jackie Whitlow was second and Jenny Miller was third.

• ISENHOUR ACE: Gary Isenhour recorded a hole-in-one at Stoney Brook Golf Course recently. He aced the 175-yard ninth hole with a 7-iron. The shot was witnessed by his wife, Terrie.
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