It was a rematch of last year’s finals as Gary Wigington squared off against Chad Calvert for the Calhoun County match-play tournament championship last week at Anniston Municipal.
Calvert won last year, but this time, Wigington rallied to win the match 1-up and capture his third match-play championship.
Calvert led by one after three holes, but Wigington won the next two holes to go up by one. Calvert then won Nos. 11 and 12, but Wigington won No. 13 to tie the match. Wigington had a par on No. 17 and took the lead as Calvert bogeyed the hole. That was all Wigington needed to capture another title.
Calvert defeated Andrew Brooks earlier in the day 4-and-3 to reach the finals, while Wigington had to pull out a miraculous comeback over Chip Howell. Howell, a Hall-of-Fame golfer, took Wigington to the edge, as he led by three holes with three to go.
Wigington then birdied the last three holes, while Howell parred all three and the match went into a playoff. Both birdied the first extra hole and then Wigington posted his fifth straight birdie to win the match on the 20th hole.
Hole-in-one: Congratulations to Ricky Roberts who aced No. 14 at Pine Hill on Sept. 10. It was witnessed by Donnie Gresham.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
The 22nd annual RMC Foundation Charity Golf Classic will be Oct. 3. In 2017, the tournament raised more than $116,000. It is a four-man scramble, and sponsorships are available for businesses and individuals. Visit rmccares.org/golfclassic for more information.
The club is winding down its club match play championship in September and early October. The finals will be scheduled the last two weeks of October.
The fall four-ball tourney will be Oct. 20-21.
Anniston Municipal, “The Hill” (256-231-7631): A round of golf, if you walk, is only $10 for all day during the week and $12 on weekends. Add $14 for 18 holes if you want a cart.
There is a special rate in place on Mondays and Tuesdays only. That rate is just $18 for all-day golf, including the cart.
There are dogfights each Saturday and Sunday. Jerry Dingler won first place with plus-4 points in the Sept. 8 dogfight. Danny Whittaker was second three points back and Charles Carden, Steve Smith and Gary Thomas tied for third with minus-3 points.
The “Big T” Thursday scramble starts each Thursday at 5 p.m. Call the clubhouse before 4 p.m. to sign up. Thursday’s Sept. 13 scramble was won by the team of Ted Heim, Johnny Barnes, Roger Jackson and Tom Sawyer that finished at 9 under
Cane Creek Golf Course (256-820-9174): The unlimited-play deal continues to be a great bargain. You can play all day, every day for a low price of $29. An 18-hole round with cart is just $25.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with registration times at 8 a.m. with a tee time of 8:30. Danny Waddell won the front nine of the Sept. 4 dogfight with plus-5.5 points, while Randy Brown took the back nine with plus-4.5 points.
Amos Kirkpatrick won the first six holes on the Sept. 6 dogfight with plus-6 points. Bill Turner won the second six holes with plus-5 points. Bill Curry won the final six holes with plus-7 points.
Al Johnson won the second six and the last six holes on the Sept. 8 dogfight. John McKenzie won the first six holes, and Curry tied Johnson on the second six holes
There will be a two-player ladies scramble in October. Dates will be announced at a later time.
On Oct. 25, the Anniston Police Department will hold a golf tournament. The cost is $75 a person and includes lunch and dinner.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): There is a special “Bring Your Buddy” package in place that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls and beverages and chicken wings after the round.
Cider Ridge offers special rates for military, police, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. On Monday-Thursday these special rates are $35 a person, and on Friday through Sunday the rates are $39 a person.
Twilight golf begins at 3 p.m. each day. On Monday through Thursday, the cost is $37 and Friday through Saturday the cost is $41. Twilight golf starts at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pine Hill Country Club (256-237-2633): There are several dogfights each week at Pine Hill. They are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, noon Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays.
The Parking Lot Gang hosts a scramble at 11 a.m. each Thursday. Registration is at 10:30 a.m.
On Sept. 18 there will be a two-person senior scramble at 9:00 a.m. On Sept. 27, the JSU BCM will host a tournament beginning at 1 p.m.
On Oct. 17, there will be a Junior Golf Clinic at 8 a.m. The cost is $20.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): The first Tuesday of each month you can play golf at Silver Lakes for no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart. The schedule shows Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 as the next dates to close out 2018.
The next two-person senior scramble is Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. On Sept. 21, Legacy Village will host a tournament, and on Sept. 28, the Alabama Assembly of God will host a tournament.
On Oct. 28, the Halloween BLACK-OUT tournament will be held. It is a two-person scramble.
Senior players looking for a chance to challenge their game on a variety of courses should consider getting in the game with the Southeastern Seniors Golf Association. The SSGA, open to players 50 and older, plays weekly — usually Monday — on public and private courses throughout the state. Benny Foster sets up the schedule in the northern part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.
Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): The 18-hole rate with cart, which is effective now through Oct. 31, is $15 on Wednesday, $20 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and $25 on Saturday and Sunday.
Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both starting at 8 a.m. Jimmy Buckelew won the Sept. 9 dogfight with plus-9 points. Rick Barthel captured first place in the Sept. 8 dogfight with plus-9 points
Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries.
Ted Law, Jerry King and Don Richardson won the Sept. 11 scramble, and the team of Bruce Crosson and Ted Law won the Sept. 6 scramble.
The course will host a two-man scramble senior tournament on the second Thursday of each month. This starts Oct. 11. There is a 9 a.m. shotgun start, with registration by 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30 each, and this includes lunch and prize payout. The number of flights will be determined by the number of teams, with a minimum of two. Players must be at least 50 years old. Contact Ted Law 256-820-4030
There is a putting contest every Friday night. Scott Pettus won the Sept. 7 contest with Cole McNeal finishing runner-up.
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