Local golf teaser

Jack Taylor is an avid golfer, according to the staff at Cane Creek. He is out there every Tuesday at 7 a.m. ready to go. There is always a cart waiting for him in the handicap spot. He and his buddy Ralph Vaughn crank it up every Tuesday morning.

The only reasons that do not play is if the temperature is below 40 degrees or if it is cart-path-only golf.

Six months ago, he carved out a hole-in-one at No. 3 at Cane Creek with a 3-wood. This past week he came up two inches short of another ace on No. 6 at Cane Creek.

“It was a tap-in birdie,” Taylor said with a grin.

What makes this story really amazing is that Taylor is 96 years old and still plays golf and makes aces.

“He is just a fine man," Cane Creek course director Mike McKinney said. "Taylor is beloved by the staff at Cane Creek, and they wanted to wish him a happy birthday."

Taylor celebrated a birthday last week.

Local course recognition

Two of our local courses received Golf Advisor Awards recently as they finished in the Top 15 courses in Alabama.

Silver Lakes was 14th and Cider Ridge placed eighth. Congrats go out to both of these beautiful courses.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.

The 70th annual Wilfred Galbraith Invitational will June 1-3. The Sunny King Charity Classic will be held July 6-8.

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 82nd annual Calhoun County Championship at “The Hill” will be played Aug. 11-12. The “Buddy Moore” tourney will be held Aug. 25-26.

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 Feb. 17 dogfight ended in a three-way tie between David Wray, Jerre Dingler and Ted Heim. Dingler won in a three-hole chip-off. They all finished regulation with minus-4 points.

Kelly Rogers and Steve Smith tied for first place in the Feb. 18 dogfight at plus-6 points. Johnny Barnes was third at plus-1 point.

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 and this includes lunch. The driving range will be open at night soon.

Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a two-person senior scramble March 5, and there will be one held the first Monday of each month. It will be a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Contact Don Yother at 256-239-3342 for more information.

There will be a par-3 tournament held the second Monday of each month. In March, it will be at 10 a.m. (shotgun start) on March 12. On May 5-6, the Cane Creek Invitational will be held. You can call Mike McKinney 256-452-2207 for more details.

Mike Fincher took first place in the First Flight of a Feb. 12 dogfight with plus-1 point. Bill Fincher was second at even and Chip Howell was third at minus-2 points. Dennis Moyer won the Second Flight with plus-8 points. Ralph Aldis was next at plus-3 points, and Bobby Hunter and Bill Barker tied for third at even points. Chip Howell had the low score of the day with a round of 74.

On Feb. 15 the dogfight was divided into two flights with winners broken down for every six holes. They are listed in order of finish:

First Flight

—Holes 1-6: Mike Fincher, Chip Howell, Jerry Marks

—Holes 7-12: Mike Fincher, Danny Waddell, Chip Howell

—Holes 13-18: Mike Fincher, Bill Fincher, Bill Curry

Second Flight

—Holes 1-6: Putra Gundy, Bobby Hunter, Ralph Aldis

—Holes 7-12: Bobby Hunter, Jim Simon, Danny Stephens

—Holes 13-18: Bobby Hunter, Putra Gundy, Randy Brown, Danny Stephens

The low score of the day was Mike Fincher with a 73.

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.

There is a special program called Troon’s Troops. It is a military golf program designed to make golf more accessible and affordable for active duty United States military personnel and severely injured combat veterans. Call the clubhouse for more information on the special rates.

Check the Cider Ridge website under Troon Rewards. The more you play, the more you save. You get points for playing rounds and convert those points into cash.

There will be a senior two-man scramble March 6. The cost is $47 for non-members and includes golf, lunch and prizes.

There will be a Callaway Demo Day on March 10 at 10 a.m.

Junior golf camps will be beginning again. There will be a spring break junior golf camp from 8 a.m. to noon. There will also be a PGA Junior Golf League for kids 13-and-under that will run from April 1 to July 31.

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. On July 21-22 the Pine Hill CC Invitational will be held.

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 April 21, the Alabama Junior Golf Association will have a tournament. The Calhoun County Two-Man Tournament will be held March 24-25 at Silver Lakes.

On June 23-24, the RTJ-Silver Lakes Championship will be held.

Show your 2018 Trail Card and play 18 holes starting at only $38.95, including cart. The price will vary with location, and reservations may be made up to seven days in advance at each location.

Silver Lakes will host a U.S. Open Championship qualifier May 3. The Local qualifying for the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition will be held June 2. Winners here will move on from here to the sub-regionals in July and August. Regionals will be in September and the finals at Augusta National next year at the Masters. This is the sixth annual competition that is sponsored by the PGA, USGA and The Masters.

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 north part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.

Scott Martin shot a 75 to win the Feb. 19 Greystone Country Club tournament.

There is a SSGA tournament scheduled at the Gadsden Country Club on March 19

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.

Jim Kelly won the Feb. 12 dogfight with plus-5 points, and Rick Barthel was second at plus-2 points. Ted Law, Steve Williams and Larry Hensley tied for third at even points.

Hensley won the Feb. 18 dogfight with plus-6 points. Kelly and Brad Angel finished second with plus-4 points.

Yearly memberships are available. They are $300 a year for a single membership and $400 for a family membership. Six-month memberships are available for single at $175 and family for $225.

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