Local golf teaser

Dalton Chandler’s eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole iced the victory for him and teammate Caleb McKinney in the first par-3 scramble at Cane Creek last week.

They defeated the team of Al Johnson and Vince Floyd. Floyd drilled in a 25-footer on the 18th hole to force a playoff in the two-man scramble. All the holes were converted to par-3s, and officials hope to make this a monthly event.


Chris Nail had an ace on the No. 10 hole at Pine Hill last week. It came from 205 yards out, and he used a 5-wood. He was playing with Steven Lee, David Curvin and Tommy Miller.

David Wray had a hole-in-one at the Hill on Nov. 5. It was on the 110-yard No. 16 hole. He was playing with Jerre Dingler and Steve Smith.

Toys for Kids

If you want to see a pile of toys under a tree then make a trip to Pine Hill Country Club on Dec. 2. Golfers bring toys for kids as they compete in a four-person blind A-B-C-D Scramble. The 10th annual event is scheduled for Dec. 2. If you cannot play, you can sponsor a hole or just bring a toy on another day. It is truly one of the more special events of the year.

County tour stats

It is time to reflect on the Calhoun County Tour Season now that the dust has settled a bit. It was a breakthrough year for 22-year-old Dalton Chandler as he won three tournaments and led the tour with 1,575 points.

Gary Wigington won twice and accumulated 1,335 points. Jeremy McGatha was third with 1,275 points. Full-time newcomer Brennan Clay was fourth with 1,149 points, and Ty Cole was fifth with 1,107 points.

Chandler led the tour with a scoring average of 68.5 a round. He led with a whopping 86 birdies, too. Wigington was second in birdies with 71.

Clay was the best putter, averaging 28.33 putts a round. Caleb Bowen was a close second at 28.40 putts, and Matt Rogers was third at 28.57.

Who was the most accurate driver, you might ask? That honor went to Clay Calkins, who averaged hitting 11.40 fairways a round. Billy Thompson was right behind him at 11.08 fairways.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.

Junior Golf Clinics are being held from 4-5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $10 for members and $15 a session for non-members.

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 Saturday and Sunday.

Steve Smith won the Nov. 4 dogfight with plus-3 points. David Wray took first place in the Nov. 5 dogfight with plus-6 points. Jerre Dingler was second with minus-1 point. Ted Heim was third with minus-3 points.

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 the Oct. 31 dogfight Bill Curry, Woody Jeter and Jerry Marks all tied for first place in the first flight with plus-1 point. Danny Waddell was fourth at even.

On Nov. 2, Norris Ray won first place in the first flight with plus-9 points. Bill Curry and Waddell tied for second at plus-2 points and Bobby Hunter was fourth at plus-1 point. Marks took first place in the first flight Nov. 7 with plus-2 points. Randy Brown, Curry tied for second and Waddell and Calvin Phillips tied for third. Bill Curry had the low round of the day with 78.

Danny Stephens was the hot golfer of the week as he won first place in the second flight of all three dogfights. His score of plus-4 points Oct. 31 helped him beat Ron McKinney (plus-2 points), Doug Spoon (plus-1 point), Bobby Hunter (minus-2 points) and Pitt Peel (minus-2 points).

Stephens was at plus-9 points Nov. 2. J.D.Doss was next at plus-2 points and McKinney third at plus-1 point. Stephens shot plus-10 points in the Nov. 7 dogfight to win by seven points over Bill Barker and Bobby Hunter.

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.

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.

There is a special program called Troon’s Troops. It is a military golf program designed to make golf more accessible and affordable for active duty United States military personnel and severely injured combat veterans. Call the clubhouse for more information on the special rates.

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 senior two-man scrambles Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

There will be a two-person family fun team scramble Nov. 22. There will be flights.

On Nov 8, the team of Jonathan Pate, Caleb Bowen, Dennis Austin and Steve Akers won the JCA scramble at 19-under par. The team of Don Maddox, Gary Austin, David Messer and Jerry Irvin came in second at 17 under. Tommy Miller, Steven Lee, Chris Nail and David Curvin was third with 16-under par.

Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): 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.

There will be a senior two-person scramble Nov. 14 for seniors 50 years and older. The start is at 9 a.m.

Purchase a 2018 Trail Card for $35 and save from $10 to $45 every time you play a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course.

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.

The world’s largest golf tournament will be held simultaneously on all ten sites of the Robert Trent Jones Trail on Dec. 3. The 2017 Bring your Old Buddy Tournament will have an entry fee of $85 and includes golf, cart, prizes and a 2018 RTJ Trail Card. In case you didn't see that, yes you get a free trail card with the entry fee. That card gives you discounted golf the rest of the year on the RTJ courses.

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 a weekly — usually Monday — game 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.

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.

Blu Gowens won the Nov. 5 dogfight with plus-5 points. Rick Barthel and Jim Kelly tied for second at plus-3 points. Ronnie Cofield won the Nov. 4 dogfight with plus-6 points. He was one point better than second place Larry Hensley.

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week. Last week’s winner was Larry Hensley. Michael Muller won the year end championship which was a playoff of all the top two finishers from each weekly contest. Jason Moon and Josh Penland tied for second place.

Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at blocklier@hotmail.com.