Local golf teaser

Dalton Chandler is closing in on Calhoun County Golf Tour Player of the Year honors as he fired a 65 on Saturday to take the lead in the Calhoun County Championships. The 22-year-old has a lot of close friends nipping on his heels as there is a logjam at the top going into Sunday’s final round at “The Hill.”

Tanner Wells, Grant Hockman, Chandler Wilborn, Brennan Clay, Adrian Geeting and Chandler’s dad, Ott, the defending champion from a year ago, all shot a 4-under par 66 and loom one stroke back of Dalton’s 65.

Jeremy McGatha and Andrew Brooks are two strokes back at 67. Caleb McKinney fired a 68 and is three strokes back. Caleb Bowen and Kenny Wright shot 69s.

A lot is at stake for Chandler on Sunday. He needs to finish ahead of Gary Wigington to win Player of the Year honors in the season-long points race. Wigington struggled to an uncharacteristic 72 on the day and is seven strokes behind.

“I just got off to a bad start and just could not get anything going,” Wigington said.

A win would be his fifth of the season out of seven events, a tour record, and a win would be his first county tournament title. A win would also give him the No. 1 seed in the County Match Play Championship in September.

Ott Chandler, 53, had a dramatic victory a year ago as he seemed to recapture his youth and is trying to do it again this year as he is one back going into Sunday’s final round.

“You never know what can happen,” said the smiling Chandler.

Wounded Warrior tourney

It’s funny how a round of golf can bring people together. Last Saturday at Silver Lakes more than 75 golfers got together for the Wounded Warrior Alabama scramble. Yours truly ventured onto the course with a group of three buddies from Parker Memorial: Barry Peeples, Jeff Johnston and Jonathan Johnston.

We set our vision high as we purchased some American flag-like shirts to fit the moment. We believe we were the top dressed foursome there. Our hopes were high as we lined up in the carts and headed to our tee. At that moment we were tied for the lead!

We got off to a rough start when we realized that we had no “A” player in the foursome. After the fifth hole we were 2-over par and realized that we had no “B” or “C” players, either. We were all “D” players.

We tried to blame our early troubles on an incident in which Jonathan accidently hit our golf cart from behind, or Jeff coming to a sudden dead stop and hanging a left up a hill to go back and find a club, or the incident with Jeff and the turkey on the course. I spent most of my running beside the cart trying to get in and out without being hurt.

We pulled it all together on the back nine and shot 3 under to finish at 1-under par for the tournament. For one brief moment, we were the leaders in the clubhouse with our 71. Then the other groups started coming in and their scores were posted — 55, 55, 56, 58 and 61 all went up. Then our hope was to just not be last. Finally, two other scores came in worse than ours, and we did not finish last.

The real winners were the Wounded Warrior Alabama group as they raised a great deal of money. Veteran Ernie Williams, who was honored in the pre-tournament ceremonies, said, “We need sponsors and we need vets that have time to help. We are 100 percent non-profit in this local charity. We are willing to participate in any fundraisers and please let us know of any veteran that needs help.”

You can contact Wounded Warrior Alabama at 1-844-4483-992. The donations never leave Alabama.

Buddy Moore tourney

Registration for the Buddy Moore Tournament is now filled. The tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday at “The Hill.” It is truly one of the best charitable events of the year as all funds go to helping families in dire need in the community.

Matt Rogers and the folks out at “The Hill” do a great job of putting this event together. There is always great food being cooked on the grills under the big tent.

If you want to donate, call Matt at 256-453-0206 to give. I bring my checkbook and give, so you do not have to play to give.

Chandler’s 58

Every had one of those rounds that everything goes right?

Well, Dalton Chandler had one last Monday at “The Hill” as he shot a 58 — or 12-under par. He got off to a torrid start as he was 7-under par after just five holes. He eagled Nos. 1, 3 and 5 and birdied No. 2. His 27 on the front nine was remarkable. He tied the course record set in 1992 by James Ramey.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. It would be a great time to join if you are looking for a golf home.

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 Aug. 12 dogfight ended in a tie between Danny Whitaker and Steve Smith who had plus-4 points. Whittaker won the Aug. 13 dogfight with plus-7 points. Lynn Oswald and Benji Turley tied for second at plus-6 points. Ted Heim was fourth with plus-4 points.

The “Big T” scramble is held each Thursday at 5 p.m. If you want to play, call the clubhouse by 4:30. This week’s event was won by the team of Andrew Brooks, Jimbo Phillips and Roger Smith with a score of 7-under par. The team of Chandler Wilborn, Chance Harris and Henry Higginbotham came in second at 6-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.

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 Aug. 26, the fifth annual Oxford City Schools Education Foundation four-person scramble will take place with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost will be $75 a person and includes lunch, snacks, range balls and more.

On Oct. 21 and 22, Cider Ridge will hold its club championship.

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.

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.

The team of Scott Henderson, Joe McCarson, Chandler Henderson and Jimmy Smith shot 55 to win the Wounded Warriors of Alabama 4-man scramble on August 12. They won in a scorecard play-off over the team of John Connor, Clinton Ramey, Blake Durham and Shannon King. Third place went to the team of Kenny Wright, Ryan Bradley, Andy eaton and Scott Eaton.

There is a Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournament at Silver Lakes on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. The cost is $50, call Benny Foster for more information at 256-613-9696.

Other Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Aug. 14 at Riverchase (9 a.m. shotgun start, cost $60), Aug. 28 at Cherokee Ridge, Sept. 11 at Limestone Springs, Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call 256-613-9696 for 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. On Aug. 12 Brad Angel won the dogfight with a score of +2 points. David Curven was second with plus-1 point.

Jim Kelley won the Aug. 13 dogfight with plus-3 points. Bruce Crosson was second at even.

Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of players.

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash pay-outs each week. The top two each week will qualify for the end of the year “Fall Final.” The Aug. 11 winner was Michael Mullen.

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

Dalton Chandler is closing in on Calhoun County Golf Tour Player of the Year honors as he fired a 65 on Saturday to take the lead in the Calhoun County Championships. The 22-year-old has a lot of close friends nipping on his heels as there is a logjam at the top going into Sunday’s final round at “The Hill.”

Tanner Wells, Grant Hockman, Chandler Wilborn, Brennan Clay, Adrian Geeting and Chandler’s dad, Ott, the defending champion from a year ago, all shot a 4-under par 66 and loom one stroke back of Dalton’s 65.

Jeremy McGatha and Andrew Brooks are two strokes back at 67. Caleb McKinney fired a 68 and is three strokes back. Caleb Bowen and Kenny Wright shot 69s.

A lot is at stake for Chandler on Sunday. He needs to finish ahead of Gary Wigington to win Player of the Year honors in the season-long points race. Wigington struggled to an uncharacteristic 72 on the day and is seven strokes behind.

“I just got off to a bad start and just could not get anything going,” Wigington said.

A win would be his fifth of the season out of seven events, a tour record, and a win would be his first county tournament title. A win would also give him the No. 1 seed in the County Match Play Championship in September.

Ott Chandler, 53, had a dramatic victory a year ago as he seemed to recapture his youth and is trying to do it again this year as he is one back going into Sunday’s final round.

“You never know what can happen,” said the smiling Chandler.

[subhead]Wounded Warrior tourney

It’s funny how a round of golf can bring people together. Last Saturday at Silver Lakes more than 75 golfers got together for the Wounded Warrior Alabama scramble. Yours truly ventured onto the course with a group of three buddies from Parker Memorial: Barry Peeples, Jeff Johnston and Jonathan Johnston.

We set our vision high as we purchased some American flag-like shirts to fit the moment. We believe we were the top dressed foursome there. Our hopes were high as we lined up in the carts and headed to our tee. At that moment we were tied for the lead!

We got off to a rough start when we realized that we had no “A” player in the foursome. After the fifth hole we were 2-over par and realized that we had no “B” or “C” players, either. We were all “D” players.

We tried to blame our early troubles on an incident in which Jonathan accidently hit our golf cart from behind, or Jeff coming to a sudden dead stop and hanging a left up a hill to go back and find a club, or the incident with Jeff and the turkey on the course. I spent most of my running beside the cart trying to get in and out without being hurt.

We pulled it all together on the back nine and shot 3 under to finish at 1-under par for the tournament. For one brief moment, we were the leaders in the clubhouse with our 71. Then the other groups started coming in and their scores were posted — 55, 55, 56, 58 and 61 all went up. Then our hope was to just not be last. Finally, two other scores came in worse than ours, and we did not finish last.

The real winners were the Wounded Warrior Alabama group as they raised a great deal of money. Veteran Ernie Williams, who was honored in the pre-tournament ceremonies, said, “We need sponsors and we need vets that have time to help. We are 100 percent non-profit in this local charity. We are willing to participate in any fundraisers and please let us know of any veteran that needs help.”

You can contact Wounded Warrior Alabama at 1-844-4483-992. The donations never leave Alabama.

[subhead]Buddy Moore tourney

Registration for the Buddy Moore Tournament is now filled. The tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday at “The Hill.” It is truly one of the best charitable events of the year as all funds go to helping families in dire need in the community.

Matt Rogers and the folks out at “The Hill” do a great job of putting this event together. There is always great food being cooked on the grills under the big tent.

If you want to donate, call Matt at 256-453-0206 to give. I bring my checkbook and give, so you do not have to play to give.

[subhead]Chandler’s 58

Every had one of those rounds that everything goes right?

Well, Dalton Chandler had one last Monday at “The Hill” as he shot a 58 — or 12-under par. He got off to a torrid start as he was 7-under par after just five holes. He eagled Nos. 1, 3 and 5 and birdied No. 2. His 27 on the front nine was remarkable. He tied the course record set in 1992 by James Ramey.

[subhead]Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. It would be a great time to join if you are looking for a golf home.

 

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 Aug. 12 dogfight ended in a tie between Danny Whitaker and Steve Smith who had plus-4 points. Whittaker won the Aug. 13 dogfight with plus-7 points. Lynn Oswald and Benji Turley tied for second at plus-6 points. Ted Heim was fourth with plus-4 points.

The “Big T” scramble is held each Thursday at 5 p.m. If you want to play, call the clubhouse by 4:30. This week’s event was won by the team of Andrew Brooks, Jimbo Phillips and Roger Smith with a score of 7-under par. The team of Chandler Wilborn, Chance Harris and Henry Higginbotham came in second at 6-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.

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 Aug. 26, the fifth annual Oxford City Schools Education Foundation four-person scramble will take place with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost will be $75 a person and includes lunch, snacks, range balls and more.

On Oct. 21 and 22, Cider Ridge will hold its club championship.

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.

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.

The team of Scott Henderson, Joe McCarson, Chandler Henderson and Jimmy Smith shot 55 to win the Wounded Warriors of Alabama 4-man scramble on August 12. They won in a scorecard play-off over the team of John Connor, Clinton Ramey, Blake Durham and Shannon King. Third place went to the team of Kenny Wright, Ryan Bradley, Andy eaton and Scott Eaton.

There is a Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournament at Silver Lakes on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. The cost is $50, call Benny Foster for more information at 256-613-9696.

Other Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Aug. 14 at Riverchase (9 a.m. shotgun start, cost $60), Aug. 28 at Cherokee Ridge, Sept. 11 at Limestone Springs, Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call 256-613-9696 for 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. On Aug. 12 Brad Angel won the dogfight with a score of +2 points. David Curven was second with plus-1 point.

Jim Kelley won the Aug. 13 dogfight with plus-3 points. Bruce Crosson was second at even.

Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of players.

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash pay-outs each week. The top two each week will qualify for the end of the year “Fall Final.” The Aug. 11 winner was Michael Mullen.

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