The team of Clay Calkins and Chris Hubbard birdied seven straight holes to make up a two-shot deficit and track down Brennan Clay and Andrew Brooks, winning the Buddy Moore two-man scramble last weekend in a playoff.
That playoff included four dramatic holes and Hubbard clinched it when he jammed in a 12-foot birdie putt for the win as the sun was setting on a Sunday at “The Hill.”
Brooks and Clay pulled out to a two-stroke lead in the two-day event after 11 holes Sunday. They made back-to-back pars on Nos. 12 and 13, while Calkins and Hubbard were making birdies to tie it up.
The two teams went at it tooth and nail as they both birdied the last five holes of regulation and birdied the first hole of the playoff. Both teams made par on the tough par-3 No. 2 hole. They both made par on No. 3 as well before Hubbard drilled home his putt. Both teams finished regulation at 28-under par.
“We played really well,” Hubbard said. "I can’t explain one of these days like this. (He chipped in for an eagle on No. 5.) Everything just seemed to go right for me.”
Hubbard started the birdie string on the back nine with a 60-yard pitch that had to go over a large tree and a bunker with only six feet of green to work with. He nailed it to within 12 feet, and his partner Calkins knocked home the putt from almost the same place that the tournament winner was from.
“I hit it high with a lob wedge and just hoped that it would land soft and it did,” Hubbard said.
For Calkins, it was his second Buddy Moore win. He won with Gary Wigington as his partner in 2011. As the sun was setting, Calkins was basking in the victory in the clubhouse.
"There was no pressure out there," he said. "It was just a lot of fun. It felt great to play with Chris and the rest of the guys in the group. It was just a great team effort and I thought we played really well.”
First-round leaders Jeremy McGatha and Matt Rogers bogeyed No. 9 and then had four straight pars to drop out of contention. They finished at 24 under par. The team of Caleb Bowen and Cory Etter finished at 24 under also.
The best news coming out of the Buddy Moore was the fact that $21,000 was raised for charity. Matt Rogers and the group at “The Hill” did a fine job. They have raised more than $90,000 in the last nine years, if my math is correct.
There was a “Fence of Hope” that sponsors could hang a sign on at “The Hill,” and it was filled up even more this year. Great stuff, and as Buddy would always say, "May the Good Lord take a liken’ to ya.”
Steve Mullendore can be reached at 256-454-0069 for information on how you can get your banner up on the “Fence of Hope.”
David Anderson made his third career ace last week. They have all been on the same hole, No. 3 at Pine Hill. This time he used a No. 7 wood from 149 yards. He was playing with Clarence Baughn, Jim Summers, Danny Robertson and Lois Carter.
County match play
The top 16 finishers from the Calhoun County Tour this year advance to the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament.
This year’s format looks to be played on one Saturday and Sunday with morning and evening matches on both days. It is a single-elimination tournament.
Here are the pairings and seeding:
Buddy Moore Bracket: (1) Dalton Chandler vs. (16) Tanner Wells, (8) Chad Calvert vs. (9) Adrian Geeting, (5) Ty Cole vs. (12) Grant Hockman and (4) Brennan Clay vs. (13) Billy Thompson.
Chris Bannister Bracket: (3) Jeremy McGatha vs. (14) Clay Calkins, (6) Andrew Brooks vs. (11) Matt Rogers, (7) Caleb McKinney vs. (10) Caleb Bowen and (2) Gary Wigington vs. (15) Frank Brady.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. Save $50 off dues if you sign up with a buddy. This is a limited time special.
There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
ACC will be having a Two-Man Best Ball tournament Sept. 23 and 24. Both Alabama and Auburn are on the road that weekend. Call the pro shop now to sign up your team. The first 32 teams to sign up are in.
The 21st annual RMC Golf Classic will be played Oct. 4. Last year more than $82,000 was raised to support RMC health care services. Check out rmccares.org/golfclassic for more information.
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.
The “Big T” scramble is held each Thursday at 5 p.m. If you want to play, call the clubhouse by 4:30. The team of Danny Whitaker, Kevin Wells and Tom Sawyer won first place this week in a chip-off with 4-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.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 8:30 a.m.
On Aug. 29, Alan Heedt, Randy Brown, Ralph Aldis, Clark Taylor and Ed Kimbrough won first place on the front and back nine of a complicated scoring system scramble (at least for me). The team of Jerome Wilson, Woody Jeter, Jerry Marks and Clark Ware came in second on the front nine, and the team of Norris Ray, Bill Turner, Calvin Phillips and Putra Gundy came in second place on the back nine.
The Aug 31 dogfight was wiped out by rain.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): On Monday through Thursday, the rate is $44 for 18 holes and a cart and just $29 for Oxford residents. The Friday-Saturday rate is $54 and $39 for Oxford residents.
It is time for twilight rates again with special rates on Tuesday and Thursday for a round started after noon.
On Oct. 21 and 22, Cider Ridge will hold its club championship.
It is Patriot Golf Weekend at Cider Ridge. All active military personnel can play at special rates and receive discounts on Callaway Club rentals and merchandise in the pro shop.
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.
There will be a 3-Man Blind Draw Scramble on Labor Day with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
The Highway 9 Challenge between Cherokee County Country Club and Pine Hill Country Club will be held Oct. 7 and 8. The always popular event is for two-man teams that play a scramble the first day at Cherokee and a scamble the last day at Pine Hill. The cost is $60 a person.
There will be senior two-man scrambles Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): On Labor Day there will be a two-person Big Cup scramble for $45 ($25 for RTJ members). Big Cups will be placed in unusual spots on the greens and it will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost includes a free breakfast, range balls, cart and green fees.
Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Sept. 11 at Limestone Springs, Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call Benny Foster at 256-613-9696 for information. The Cherokee Ridge event will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with a cost of $50. Cherokee Ridge is just north of Arab.
The first Tuesday of each month you can play golf at Silver Lakes for free as there will be no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart.
On Sept. 16 there will be a Drive to the Goal Charity Tournament. The cost is $65 and proceeds go to youth athletes that cannot afford to play sports. Call Benji Turley at 256-310-5480 to sign up.
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. Larry Hensley and Starling Ridgeway tied for first in the Aug. 27 dogfight with plus-6 points. Jim Kelly was third with plus-3 points
Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash pay-outs each week. Mike Muller and Jimmy Beason tied for first place in the August 25 contest.
On Sept. 9 there will be a “Toys for Tots” tournament benefitting kids. It is an 11 a.m. shotgun start and is a two-person scramble. The cost is $50 a person.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at firstname.lastname@example.org.