It is always interesting to watch the different personalities that make their way around a golf course and how they deal with the situations they run across. With football season upon us now, it leads me to think of how these same personalities make their way into a football stadium to watch a football game.
I always seem to sit in front or beside the one belligerent guy that seems to think the coach can hear his one voice out of 100,000 people. That person is spilling beer all over the place and is not happy with anything. One almost always pulls against the team he likes, hoping he’ll shut up. I use the word he, because it has never been a she, which speaks kindly toward the typical classy female fan.
There was the Auburn-LSU game that I attended the year the Tigers won the national championship with Cam Newton. This guy was so mad at the “idiot” coach Gene Chizik who was 7-0, ranked fifth in the country and was leading third-ranked LSU in the second half. He was beside himself because Chizik was letting Newton run the ball too much and not passing. I told the guy that I could not believe Auburn’s situation and the nerve of Chizik letting the best runner in the country carry the ball so much. What a terrible thing to watch!
Recently at the Alabama-Florida State game in Atlanta, the wife and I found our seats in the top row of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and I thought, “At least that ‘guy’ will not be behind us.”
Well he showed up beside us and staggered into the seat next to my wife. He was screaming at the top of his lungs 45 minutes before the game because he was mad that the FSU band had the nerve to play their war-chant. Like that surprised him. I found out that he hailed from somewhere south of Talladega and that Alabama was going to win by 100 points in between spewing brew all over the place.
As the fans filed in, a young guy and his wife (Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Suarez I was to find out later) sat down in front of us. Domingo had on a FSU shirt and his wife had on a Bama shirt and I thought, “Oh, no, the FSU guy and my neighbor from Alabama were going to have a problem.”
Alabama ran for 30 yards on the first play, and our drunk Bama fan exploded out of his seat, dumping his glass of beer all over everybody and got right in Domingo’s face screaming Roll Tide, take that nah, nah and pointing his finger at his FSU shirt.
I jerked him out of my way and told him to sit down and shut up, there were 180 plays left in the game and he just jinxed Alabama and they would lose if he did not shut up.
I apologized to Domingo and he said something that made the Alabama fan look even dumber than he acted. Turns out Domingo and his wife were from Chicago and they just like to travel to football games. He always wears the shirt of the team that is the underdog so that he can see what kind of stupid fans there are, because someone always like that sits near him, too.
“I just like to see what they do,” he said. “There is always some stupid fan that ruins it for everybody else and I enjoy seeing them come after me. We could care less who wins.”
Domingo, you see, has had cancer surgery and has fought more important battles in life than a football game.
“It is just a game,” he said. “We will be back on the plane to Chicago in the morning and to our jobs as school teachers.”
Which guy are you on the course and in the stadium. Are you trying to make a difference or create a difference?
Pepper Brooks had the big shot this week at Pine Hill as he aced the Par-4 No. 11 hole at Pine Hill from 292 yards. He was playing with Tommy Reaves, J. H. Connell and Wendell Waddell.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Hollingsworth won the Sept. 16 dogfight with plus-7 points. Bruce Ramey and Kelly Rogers tied for second place with plus-2 points. The Sept. 17 dogfight was won by Danny Whitaker with plus-6 points. Andy Jenkins and Rogers tied for second place with plus-4 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 held each Thursday at 5 p.m. If you want to play, call the clubhouse by 4:30. The team of Andy Jenkins, Tyler Teneyck, Mark Gaines and Kyle Kempton won this week’s scramble with 5-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. On Sept. 30, there will be an A player’s choice dogfight beginning at 9 a.m. tee time. You will need to register by 8:30 a.m.
The Sept. 19 dogfight was won by the team of Chip Howell and Ed Kimbrough, who scored plus-5 points. The team of Mike Fincher and David Muncher finished second at minus-3 points. The team of Danny Waddell and Calvin Phillips came in third place with minus-4 points. The teams of Bob Mosakowski and Clark Ware, Woody Jeter and Ralph Aldis and Bill Curry and Danny Waddell tied for fourth place with minus-5 points. Howell had the low round of the day with a round of 70.
Curry and Larry Smith tied for first in the First Flight of the Sept. 21 dogfight with a score of even. Greg Johnson and Ralph Aldis tied for third with minus-1 points.
Bobby Hunter won the second flight with a score of even. Jerry Marks was second with minus-1 point, Larry Cochran third at minus-2 points and Ron McKinney and Amos Kilpatrick tied for fourth at minus-4 points. Howell had the low round again with a 72.
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 Oxford City Schools Education Foundation will host their fifth annual golf tournament Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. It is a four-man scramble format. If interested contact the clubhouse.
On Oct. 19 the Martha Vandervoort Memorial Classic Golf Tournament 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 over $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 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 Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. 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.
Ted Law won the Sept. 8 dogfight with plus-6 points. Mo Wildman was second at plus-5 points and Steve Reaves was third at plus-4 points. Brad Angel won the Sept. 15 dogfight with plus-4 points. He finished one point ahead of Reaves.
The team of Ronnie Cofield, Gene Cupp, Ted Law and Don Richards shot 9-under par to win the Sept. 14 scramble. Rick Barthel, Bill Vaughn, Dan Binick and Ron Neal shot 9-under par to win the Sept. 19 scramble.
Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week. Neil Elder won the Sept. 15 contest and B.J. Thrash was second. Cole McNeal and Ronnie Cofield finished 1-2 in the Sept. 8 putting contest.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at firstname.lastname@example.org.