Thursday was a day of change for the Calhoun County golf world as Doug Wert, director of golf at Cider Ridge, and Kenny Szuch, director of golf at Cane Creek, announced their resignations.
Szuch is going to take his talents to South Beach in Miami to oversee a multi-facility residential yacht and country club for a venture capital management group from South Florida. His last day will be Sept. 29.
Szuch has brought many improvements to the Cane Creek course.
“I know that I have improved the product here from the course, to the services, the pro shop and quality of tournaments,” Szuch said. “I am only as good as the staff that we have here. I have worked all over the country and have as loyal a staff here as I have ever had. I am going to miss this wonderful staff.”
He took a public course and made it tough for visiting pros in his annual Pro-Am as it proved to be a real test to break par. He will be missed.
The city has eliminated his position, and plans are uncertain as to how the course will be managed in the future.
Szuch spent many good years in the Miami area and was captain of the Florida State golf team in his younger years, so it will be a chance to return to some of his roots in the Sunshine State.
When Doug first came to Oxford, he expressed to me his desire to work with youth and get junior golf going in this area. Now he gets the chance to follow his passion.
In his new position, Wert will assist his fellow golf professionals in the promotion and implementation of the PGA Junior League program for the Player Development Department of PGA of America. The PGA Junior League program is a junior initiative of PGA Reach, the charitable arm the PGA of America.
This innovative program was developed to promote golf as a fun and healthy recreational sport to juniors as well as teach good sportsmanship and integrity. The PGA Junior League works with an array of PGA sections and local youth organizations to offer an alternative, social golf format. This innovative youth program also emphasizes team play in lieu of individual competition and helps transition youth golfers into existing junior golf programs.
“I am extremely honored to be selected by the PGA of America to help introduce more kids to the great game of golf and assist my fellow golf professionals on the promotion and implementation of this innovative program,” Wert said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Cider Ridge and working for Honours Golf and the City of Oxford. This new opportunity marries all the things that I’ve learned over the last 25 years with all the things I am passionate about — junior golf, working for my association, and assisting my fellow professionals.”
During his three-year tenure at Cider Ridge, Wert has been instrumental in increasing golf and food and beverage revenues, coaching and mentoring his associates, and developing and executing strategic marketing initiatives to build the Cider Ridge brand. In addition, he launched many innovative and successful youth programs to grow the game including the PGA Junior League, Nike Junior Golf Camps, and Troon Junior Club.
Doug is a class act and will be missed, also. He still plans to reside in the Oxford area while working his new position.
David Dillman had an ace at No. 7 at “The Hill” on Sept 5. The shot was witnessed by Milton Harris and Jerry Allen.
Danny Waddell aced No. 3 at Cane Creek on Sept 5 with a wedge from 119 yards.
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 host the annual Calhoun Chamber of Commerce Salute to Industry Golf Outing on Sept. 21, presented by B R Williams Trucking and sponsored by Nobel Bank and Trust. It begins at noon and is followed by a cook-out. Call 256-237-3536 to register. The cost is $95.
ACC will be having a Two-Man Best Ball tournament Sept. 23-24. Both Alabama and Auburn are on the road that weekend. Call the pro shop now to sign your team up. 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 Tanner Wells, Mark Gaines, Tyler Teneyck and Ronald Hicks won the scramble at 8-under par. Second place went to the team of Tony Hicks, Chance Harris, Steve Mullendore and Blake Gilmore who shot 7 under.
The Sept. 2 dogfight was won by Bob Hollingsworth, who had plus-7 points. David Wray was second with plus-5 points. Danny Whitaker won the Sept. 3 dogfight with plus-8 points. Johnny Barnes was second at plus-5 points. Charles Carden was third at plus-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. The team of Danny Waddell and Jerry Marks took first place in the Sept. 5 dogfight with plus-3 points. Bill Fincher and Bobby Hunter were second at even points. Bob Mosakowski and Ralph Aldis were third at minus-1 point and Ron McKinney and Jimmy Jackson took fourth place with minus-3 points. Bill Fincher had the low round of the day with 72.
Mosakowski won the first flight of the Sept. 7 dog fight with plus-7 points. Chip Howell (plus-2 points), Larry Smith (plus-2 points), Danny Waddell (plus-1 point) and Mike Fincher (even points) followed Mosakowski in the first flight. Doug Spann won the second flight with plus-5 points. Ron McKinney was next at plus-3 points. Bobby Hunter was third at even points. Pitt Peel was fourth at minus-1 point and Bill Barker was fifth at minus-2 points. Chip Howell had the low round of the day with a score of 70.
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. 19, the Martha Vandervoort Memorial Classic will be held. It is a four-person scramble, and the field will be limited to 50 teams. The funds raised honor Martha and the great work she did for faith-based charities in the area. The first tournament raised more than $50,000 for these charities. Visit NobleBank.com to sign up for a sponsorship or to play in the event.
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): 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.
King Chavers and Alex Harper won the Aug. 27 dogfight with plus-8 points.
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 held Aug. 28 was won by Scott Brasher, who shot a 70. Ted Law was second, Larry Howard third and Ron McKinney fourth
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. Randy Reid won the Sept. 2 dogfight with plus-3 points. Rick Barthel was next with plus-2 points. Barthel won the Sept. 3 dogfight with plus-2 points. Bruce Crosson and Sterling Ridgeway tied for second with a score of minus-1 point. The team of Mo Williams, Jerry King and Marcus King won the Aug. 29 scramble at 7-under par.
Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week. Al Johnson and Josh Penland finished 1-2 in the Sept. 1 putting 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.