Ty Cole exploded out of the gate with a front-nine 30 and closed with a back-nine 32 to finish the first round of the Calhoun County Championship with a blistering 62 at “The Hill” on Saturday.
Cole is set to cap off the season Sunday as the Calhoun County Tour Player of the Year and also has a chance to win his third Calhoun County Championship. Cole has three wins already this year on the tour.
The grand old course at Anniston Municipal was giving up birdies Saturday as 16 golfers finished under par. Adrian Geeting was two shots off the lead with a score of 64. Jonathan Pate, Tim Turner, Chad Calvert, Ott Chandler and Landon Straub each shot 65 and were three strokes off the pace. Jeremy McGatha shot a 66 and was four strokes back.
Scott Martin and Gary Wigington shot 67. Don Hill, Jason Johnson and Caleb Bowen shot 68. Clay Caulkins, Chip Howell and Dalton Chandler each fired 1-under-par 69.
Chandlers win a state title
The first Alabama State Parent-Child Golf Championship was last week at Oxmoor Valley. For local golfers, it was no surprise that Ott and Dalton Chandler took home first place with 4-under par.
The Chandlers got off to a shaky start in the alternate shot format with two bogeys in the first five holes, but answered with a couple of birdies to finish the front nine at even par.
They then birdied four of the last seven holes to win the event by four strokes and were the only group to break par.
It was a perfect set up. With son Dalton driving, the elder statesman Ott could punch it close with his brilliant short game.
“It was just my best moment in golf ever, even better than the Sunny King we won,” Ott said. "We just lined up and beat 31 other teams. No mulligans or anything like that to help out. Dalton drove it good, really good. We missed four or five short putts or we could have shot even better.”
One thinks that this may be a tournament that the Chandlers can get their name on a few times in the near future.
Rogers finishes fourth
Isabel Rogers finished just out of the running for a trip to TPC Sawgrass by finishing fourth in last weekend’s Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
She received a second-place medal in the competition.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
The member-guest tournament will be Aug. 18-19, and a Labor Day scramble will be Sept. 3.
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 further information.
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.
The Buddy Moore tourney will be Aug. 25-26. The cost is $125 a person for the two-person scramble. There will be 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times both days. The tournament has raised more than $90,000 the last nine years for local children and families. All of the funds are used for local children, families and schools. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Matt Rogers by text at 256-453-0206 to enter.
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.
The “Big T” Thursday scramble starts each Thursday at 5 p.m. Call the clubhouse before 4 p.m. to sign up.
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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.
The driving range is open every Thursday from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. You can call Mike McKinney 256-452-2207 for more details. A small bucket of balls is $5, a large bucket is $10 and a pyramid is $15. Please bring exact change.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with registration times at 8 a.m. with a tee time of 8:30. Bo Savage won the first six holes of the Aug. 4 dogfight with plus-5 points. Al Johnson, Tyler Teneyck and Ralph Aldis tied for first place on the second six holes with plus-3 points. Bo Savage won the last six holes with plus-3 points.
The next two-man senior scramble golf tournament will be Aug. 6. You MUST be 50 or older to participate. The cost is $31 and, that includes Green Fees, Cart and Lunch. The tournament will be flighted after play, based on scores. It will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The seventh annual Sollohub Golf Tournament will be Aug. 18. The cost is $75 a person, and all proceeds will go to the Justin Sollohub Memorial Scholarship at JSU. It will be a four-man scramble with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The $75 a person fee will cover cart, green fees, T-shirt and lunch. Email email@example.com for more information.
There will be a two-player ladies scramble in October. Dates will be announced at a later time.
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.
Cider Ridge offers a day tripper package, which consists of one round of golf, lunch at the Cider Ridge Grill and one sleeve of Callaway Chrome golf balls for just $55 on Monday through Thursday and $65 on Friday through Sunday.
There are special rates for all-day golf. On Monday through Thursday, you can play all day for $55 and the rate is $65 for Friday through Sunday.
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. Monday through Thursday the cost is $37 and Friday through Saturday the cost is $41
There is a special senior rate for those over 60 years old. You can play 18 holes for just $32 on Monday through Thursday if you start before 10:30 a.m.
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. David Stephens and Gage Miller had monumental days Aug. 4 at Pine Hill. Both show their career low rounds. Stephens fired a 75, while Miller shot a 66.
The 2018 Calhoun County senior championship tournament will be Aug. 17. It will be a 27-hole event. Players age 50-59 will play from the white tees, age 60-69 from the gold tees and 70 and up from the red tees. The entry fee is $50 and includes a free green fee for an additional round of golf.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): 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.
Every Thursday, ladies can play for free with a 2018 Trail Card.
There will be a two-person senior scramble Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. On Aug. 25, the Swing4Stef Tournament will be held.
On Labor Day, there will be a two-person Big Cup 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.
Entries are being accepted now for the Sept. 9-12 SSGA Gulf Coast Classic at the Palmetto Inn/ Holiday Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Kim Carlisle, Tony Tomlin, Walt Knollenberg and Harvey Burch tied for first place in the first flight of the Aug. 6 tournament at Timberline. Jerry Jones won the second flight, and Bob Majors took the third flight. The next tournament is at Farm Links on Aug. 14.
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. Steve Williams and Ronnie Cofield tied for first place in the Aug. 4 dogfight. Both had a score of plus-3 points. Bruce Crosson was third with plus-2 points
Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries. Terry Brooks and Ed Shetter won the Aug. 7 scramble with 5-under par.
There is a nine-hole scramble held every Friday 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.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at firstname.lastname@example.org.