Fall is here, and while the golfing world is settling into football, there is a group of folks who are in the middle of the fall golf season. That slipped my mind until one of our readers reminded me in an email last week. He reminded me of the fall golf season of the JSU men’s and women’s golf teams.
They are playing some great golf, especially junior Valentina Giraldo, who has won two individual collegiate events already this fall and is breaking all the records at JSU. She is from Ibague, Colombia, and she took first-place honors in the fall season opener at the Chris Bannister Golf Classic at Silver Lakes in September. She won the Pinehurst Challenge at the famed #1 course in North Carolina this past week.
At Pinehurst, she defeated over a hundred other golfers with 68-68-72 (8-under par) which was the best 54-hole performance in JSU women’s golf history.
The team won the Chris Bannister Classic, finished sixth in the Jacksonville Golf Classic at Ponte Vedra, Fla., and was 14th at Pinehurst.
Local sophomore golfers Chloe Borders of Jacksonville Christian and Layne Dyar of White Plains are making their presence felt in their second year with the JSU team. Borders was 14th individually at the Chris Bannister with a three-day score of 16-over par, while Dyar placed 21st in the field at 20 over.
Borders shot (74-75-81-230) at Jacksonville, while Dyar shot (76-84-75-235). Giraldo shot 221.
Dyar shot 25 over in the three-day Pinehurst Tournament and Borders came in at 22 over.
The men’s team has played in the Louisville Cardinal Challenge in Kentucky and they came in with a 9th place finish. The tournament was won by the University of Louisville.
STATE SENIOR FOUR-BALL: Clay Calkins and Chip Howell recently placed 25th in the Alabama State Senior Four-Ball Championship played at Riverchase Country Club in Birmingham. They shot 71-71-74 for an even-par 216.
HOLE-IN-ONE: Bob Hyatt aced the No. 8 hole at Cider Ridge last week. He used an 8-iron on the 130-yard par-3 hole.
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 being held 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 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 Saturday and Sunday.
The Oct. 14 dogfight was won by Roy Mullendore with plus-6 points. Second place went to Jerre Dingler with plus-2 points.
On Oct. 15, David Wray won the dogfight with plus-7 points. Second place with plus-2 points went to Jerre Dingler. Third place went to Johnny Barnes with a score of even.
The Big “T” scramble is played every Thursday. The Oct, "Big T" scramble was won by the team of Tanner Wells, Henry Higginbotham, and Roger Smith with a score of 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.
The third annual Sebastian D. Floyd Memorial golf tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at Cane Creek. It is a two-man scramble with an entry fee of $60 a person. There will be flights and cash prizes. The tournament will start at 8:30 that morning and it will have a shotgun start. People can enter by calling 256-419-7596 or signing up at www.thelegacyclub.net. Players can register the morning of the tournament starting at 7:30.
Chip Howell won the Oct. 17 dogfight first flight with plus-6 points. Jerry Marks was second with plus-2 points. Bob Mosakowski placed third at plus-1 point and Woody Jeter was fourth at even. Dennis Moyer won the second flight with plus-2 points. Bill Barker (minus-3 points), Ralph Aldis (minus-4 points), Jim Sormon (minus-6 points) and Clark Taylor (minus-6 points) rounded out the top five in the second flight. Howell had the low round of the day with a 67.
On the Oct. 19 dogfight Jerry Marks won the first flight at plus-2 points. He was three points better than Bill Fincher and Mosakowski. Moyer tied for the second flight lead with Danny Stephens at minus-1 point. Ed Kimbrough (minus-3 points) was third and Larry Howard at minus-4 points was fourth. Pitt Peel and Ron McKinney tied for fifth at minus-5 points. Fincher and Mosakowski tied for the low individual round of the day with a 76.
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.
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.
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 Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
There will be a fall junior clinic from 8-10 am. It will be for ages 5 to 18 and the cost is $20.
There will be a two-person family fun team scramble Nov. 22. There will be flights.
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.
The world’s largest golf tournament will be held simultaneously on all ten sites of the Robert Trent Jones Trail on Dec. 3. The 2017 Bring your Old Buddy Tournament will have an entry fee of $85 and includes golf, cart, prizes and a 2018 RTJ Trail Card. In case you didn't see that, yes you get a free trail card with the entry fee. That card gives you discounted golf the rest of the year on the RTJ courses.
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. Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week.
Mike Hammond won the Oct. 14 dogfight with plus-9 points. He finished four points ahead of Bruce Crosson.
On Oct. 16, Larry Hensley took the honors with plus-7 points. Blu Gowens and Starling Ridgeway tied for second at plus-4 points.
The team of Rick Barthel, Don Richards, Jerry King and Doug Bevis won the Oct. 17 scramble with a score of 8-under par.
Josh Penland won the Friday night putting contest Oct. 13, and Jason Moon came in second.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at email@example.com.