A perfect day made for spectacular golf Saturday at Anniston Municipal for the 16 player match play Calhoun County Championship. Four golfers are left heading into Sunday's semifinals and finals.
The players earned the right to be there by finishing at the top of the Calhoun County Tour season-long standings.
Andrew Brooks, the 2014 winner, will meet 2017 winner Chad Calvert in the finals of the Buddy Moore bracket Sunday morning. The winner will face the Chris Banister bracket winner. Gary Wigington, the 2012 and 2016 winner, faces Calhoun County Sports Hall of Famer Chip Howell. The finals will be played Sunday afternoon.
Brooks defeated Randy Lipscomb 5 and 4 and Daniel Black 3 and 1. Calvert opened play on Saturday with a 2 and 1 win over Matt Rogers and a 3 and 2 win over Dalton Chandler.
Wigington beat Jake Goggans 3 up and Jonathan Pate 2 and 1 to reach the semifinals. Howell knocked off Brennan Clay 1 up and Lamar Carter 3 and 1.
LeCroy all-state: The Alabama Golf Association announced its junior all-state team, and Donoho senior Jacob LeCroy made the third team.
LeCroy won the Class 1A-2A boys high school championship and finished fourth at the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship. LeCroy made the cut at both the 2018 Future Masters and Southern Junior Championship at Squire Creek Country Club. LeCroy closed out the 2017-18 golf season as the 11th ranked junior in Alabama.
Holes-in-ones: The 17th hole at Cider Ridge was especially kind to Jerry Kemp and Ron Fleming on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, as they both were witnesses to each other’s hole-in-one
On Aug. 31, Fleming aced No. 17 with an 8-iron. It was witnesses by Landon Winfrey, John Gasser and Kemp. Kemp then went on ace the same hole two days later with a 9-iron. This time Fleming was the witness along with Bradley Young, Greg Austin and Winfrey. What are the odds!
Local course news
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. Steve Smith won first place with plus-8 points in the Sept. 1 dogfight. The Sept. 2 dogfight was won by Danny Whittaker with plus-7 points. Second place was Charles Carden at plus-4 points. Third place went to Andy Jenkins with plus-3 points.
The “Big T” Thursday scramble starts each Thursday at 5 p.m. Call the clubhouse before 4 p.m. to register. Thursday’s scramble was won by Danny Whittaker, Allen Mangham, Brett Wells and Mike Beck at 9-under par. Second place at 7 under was Tanner Wells, Byron Preston, Charles Carden and Tyler Wells.
The Aug. 30 scramble was won by the team of Kevin Wells, Roger Jackson, Charles Carden and Matt Butterworth with 5-under par.
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 a.m. Dennis Moyer (plus-6), Charles Wigley (plus-5) and Amos Kirkpatrick (plus-5) were winners of the six-hole segments in the Aug. 28 dogfight. Bill Turner won the front and back nines on the Aug. 30 scramble with plus-2 points on each nine.
On Sept. 1, Chip Howell and Tyler Teneyck tied for first on the first six holes with plus-5 points. Kirkpatrick captured the second six holes with plus-3 points. T.J. Mc Gatha won the final six holes with plus-3 points.
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 that is 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.
Kids with a paying adult can play for free after 3 p.m. every day of the week.
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 a.m. On Sept. 27, the JSU BCM will host a tournament 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): On 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 one.
On Oct. 28, the Halloween BLACK-OUT golf 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): 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.
There is a nine-hole scramble held every Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Contact Jamie Snow at 256-452-6738 if you are interested in playing.
There is a putting contest every Friday night.