William Weiser has put together golf tournaments for more years than most can remember. It is usually two a year, and he has to poke, prod, beg and drag people out there to keep the tradition going as people have so many conflicts these days.
He takes a lot of good-natured ribbing in the course of his labor of love with golf. He has been accused of rigging the tournament with his team’s many wins. I am a member of Parker Memorial myself, so I finally got to be on his team this time after nine years of missing this experience.
I was determined to report, as I set out for the four-man scramble Friday afternoon, if I found any evidence of rigging the tournament. This was all good natured of course.
The first evidence that it was not rigged was that I was on his team. My twice-a-year golf adventures surely would keep Weiser’s team off the leaderboard, and that was to prove to be correct. We finished fourth.
When you play with William, you get the privilege of hearing him broadcast your shots as you hit them and if you knock a long putt in you get a lot of war-hoops that are heard around the course during the round.
The greens were like putting on a table and we found ourselves 3-over par after four holes. This set us up for many “if” conversations the rest of the day, as we rallied for five birdies over the next nine holes. If we had of made that one we would have won was the popular excuse that we were using.
Then when the course backed up due to slow play, the conversation began what were they doing ahead of us. There were two holes at the start of the day between us and the next group.
After evaluating the round with William, I have come to the conclusion that the tournaments are not rigged. So, William can sleep better now at night.
First place went to the foursome Ron Allen, Steve Stevens, Tommy Edwards and Manny Boerian, who fired a 64 under despite lightning fast greens and extremely difficult pin placements.
The team of Nathan Griffin, Joel Daniel, David Phillips, Delano Howard finished second with a round of 67. Chip Howell, Steve Cheatwood, Bill Weiser Jr. and Don Simmons placed third.
William did a good job of ignoring the ribbing and managed to comment, “Where else can you play a round of golf and get a goodie bag for $30?”
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday. The 70th annual Wilfred Galbraith Invitational will be held June 1-3. The Sunny King Charity Classic will be July 13-15.
The Walker Reynolds Club Championship will be April 28 and 29. Tee times will be 9 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
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.
The 82nd annual Calhoun County Championship at “The Hill” will be played Aug. 11-12. The “Buddy Moore” tourney will be held Aug. 25-26.
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. The March 31 dogfight was won by Steve Smith with plus-4 points. Steve Mullendorf was second at minus-1 point. Johnny Barnes captured first place in the April 1 dogfight with plus-5 points.
The “Big T” Thursday scramble starts each Thursday at 5 p.m. Call the clubhouse before 4 p.m. to sign up. The team of Adrian Geeting, Andy Jenkins, Andy Soleman and Andrew Tyson won this week’s tournament with 9-under par.
The Good Friday Pro’s and Joe’s scramble was played under beautiful weather. The team of Adrian Geeting, Daniel Clonts, James Edward and Bryon Preston won the Pro’s and the team of Chris Hubbard, Andy Jenkins, Trey Sawyer and Allen Mangham placed second.
The Roger Jackson, Pat O’Brien, Jerre Dingler and Taylor Robinson team won the Joe’s flight. The team of Tom Sawyer, Steve Mullendore, Will Mullendore and Steve Hughes placed second.
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 and this includes lunch.
The driving range will be open every Thursday from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. You can call Mike McKinney 256-452-2207 for more details. A small bucket of balls is $5, a large bucket is $10 and a pyramid is $15. Please bring exact change.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 8:30 a.m. Norris Ray, Danny Stephens and Danny Waddell all were six-hole segment winners in the first flight of the March 27 dogfight. Randy Brown, Clark Taylor, Bill Bunuker and Bill Turner were winners in the second flight.
Turner, Ralph Aldis and Chip Howell were six-hole segment winners in the March 29 dogfight.
The Austin Joplin Memorial Education Fund Scramble will be April 23 at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The fee is $160 per team. Call Bob Barker at 256-217-3447 for more information.
There will be a par-3 tournament held the third Monday of each month. On May 5-6, the Cane Creek Invitational will be held.
Last week’s senior scramble was a big success. The team of Garman/Stewart won the first flight with a 63. Hammonds/Kirby shot a 64 and Ray/Martin shot a 65.
A scorecard playoff settled the second flight with the team of Wilson/Porter emerging the winner with score of 69. Brown/Waddell and Martin/Steward finished second and third, respectively.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): There is a special “Bring Your Buddy” Package that is in place that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls and beverages and chicken wings after the round.
On April 12, there will be a senior scramble. The cost will be $47. Contact Jeff Hillsman at 256-831-7222 for more information.
There is a PGA Junior Golf League for kids 13 and under that will run to July 31. The Life South Community Blood Centers Golf Tournament will be held May 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Oxford City Championships will be held April 21-22 at Cider Ridge. Gary Wigington is the defending champion.
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 July 21-22 the Pine Hill CC Invitational will be held.
The annual tournament to benefit Piedmont High School golf will take place this year at Pine Hill on June 2. The four person scramble will tee off at 1 p.m. The fee is $50 a player and includes cart fees and a lunch prior to tee off. Contact Horace Bramblett, the Piedmont head coach, 256-447-2829 to register.
The Parker Memorial Baptist Church four-man scramble will be June 1.
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.
Show your 2018 Trail Card and play 18 holes starting at only $38.95, including cart. The price will vary with location, and reservations may be made up to seven days in advance at each location.
Silver Lakes will host a U.S. Open Championship qualifier May 3. The local qualifying for the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition will be held June 2. Winners here will move on from here to the sub-regionals in July and August. Regionals will be in September and the finals at Augusta National next year at the Masters. This is the sixth annual competition and is sponsored by the PGA, USGA and The Masters.
On April 22, The Golf Channel Am tour will be playing. On April 23, the White Plains boys golf team invitational will be held, and on April 24, the White Plains girls golf team will be hosting a tournament.
Faith Christian will be hosting a tournament April 14, and the Alabama Junior Golf Association will have a tournament on April 21. On April 27, the Northeast Alabama Red Elephant Club will have a tournament.
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 north part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.
The Larry Ginn tournament will be held April 28 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost will be $75 a person with two mulligans and one powerball. Prizes will be awarded for two flights. Contact Lenn Costner at 256-310-2135 for further details.
Callaway will have a Demo Day on May 12.
Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the rate is $20. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the rate is $25. Prices include carts. For just $7 more, you can change your play to unlimited.
Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both start at 8 a.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at email@example.com.