Local golf teaser

New Pine Hill Country Club owner will have an open house Oct. 20, and you’ll have a chance to meet him and his staff and see what is going on out there.

Etter has been running the place for quite a while and lives in a house bordering one of the golf holes. He is a master salesman and keeps the promotions going and going at Pine Hill.

His friendly staff always makes the local press guys feel welcome, and there is always some kind of fun golf going on the 18 holes on Highway 9. I think it is great fit for Cory, to be able to do something he loves. He is out there seven days a week from dawn to dusk and never seems to get tired. I wish I had that kind of energy.

Pine Hill championship

They just had the club championship last weekend at Pine Hill, and Jonathan Pate shot a first-round 64 to bolt out to a six-shot lead on the first day. He won the two-day event by eight strokes over Adrian Geeting.

Pate shot 11-under par for the tournament. Caleb Bowen and Matt Rogers shot even par for the tournament and finished tied for third. Jerry Irwin won the senior club championship with a two-day total of 6-under par. Kenny Okins, 14, had the low round of the day Sunday with 68.

State mid-amateur

Speaking of Matt Rogers, it was good to see him finish 33rd in the state in the recent Alabama State Mid-Amateur Championship played at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur.

Buddy Moore

The 2017 Buddy Moore officials would like to thank all the sponsors that helped with this event at the end of August.

They raised $21,000 in their ninth year and have donated $90,000 over the years to needy and special needs children in our community.

Course news

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.

Junior Golf Clinics are back at ACC. They will start up again Sept. 26 and run 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 are dogfights Saturday and Sunday.

Jerre Dingler took first place on Sept. 30 dogfight with a score of +6 points. Kelly Rogers was second with plus-4 points. Bruce Ramey won the Oct. 1 dogfight as he posted a score of plus-9 points. Steve Smith was second at plus-6 points. Tanner Wells was third at plus-3 points.

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 played every Thursday. This week’s scramble was won by the team of Andy Jenkins, Kevin Wells and David Hill with 7-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.

There is a dogfight being planned for the Cane Creek group at Guntersville State Park on Oct. 24.

Bill Fincher shot the low round of the day with a 71 in the Oct. 3 dogfight and won the first flight with a plus-8 points. He was six points better than second place Bill Turner and eight points better than Mike Fincher and Danny Waddell who tied for third place. Jerry Marks won the second flight with plus-2 points. Ron McKinney was second with minus-1 point and Bobby Hunter was third with minus-2 points.

Bill Curry and Bill Fincher tied for first place in the first flight of the Oct. 5 dogfight with plus-3 points. Chip Howell was third at plus-2 points. Jerome Wilson and Woody Jeter tied for fourth place at plus-1 point.

Jerry Marks won the second flight again with plus-9 points. Clark Ware was second at plus-5 points. Bobby Hunter was third at plus-1 point. Calvin Phillips was fourth at even, and Larry Crotzer and Ralph Aldis tied for fifth place with minus-4 points. Howell had the low round of the day with a 69.

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.

The Martha Vandervoort Memorial Classic Golf Tournament will be Oct. 19. It is a four-person scramble, and the field will be limited to 50 teams. The funds raised will 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.

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.

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.

There will be senior two-man scrambles 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.

Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are held year round. Call Benny Foster at 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. Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries.

The Sept. 29 winners were Ronnie Cofield and Neil Elders tied for first place

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week. The Sept. 29 winners were Ronnie Cofield and Neil Elders tied for first place

By my unofficial count, Elders has won or tied for first place seven times this year. He may be the favorite heading into the upcoming end-of-year battle of champions putting contest. Only season winners and runner-ups qualify.

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