Hanna Dyar

White Plains' Hanna Dyar has helped her team win two state tournaments. (Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Golf was not her thing, but in when White Plains student Hanna Dyar was in seventh grade, she gave it a whirl and has been on the course ever since. Dyar, now a sophomore at White Plains High School, is also a basketball player, and I caught up with her at a recent basketball game at Oxford High School.

Dyar is coached in basketball and golf by Chris Randall, so that has to help a bit in trying to play the two sports.

“My sister, Layne, made me try out for the golf team in the seventh grade,” she said.

That allowed her to be a part of two state championship teams and watch her sister move on to play golf at Jacksonville State University, where she is a sophomore.

“It was an incredible, awesome experience to be a part of that,” Hannah said.

She also learned how to work hard from her sister. She gets up early in the morning and practices golf three days a week and basketball three days a week in efforts to improve in both sports. She doesn’t start classes every day until 9 a.m. which gives her some time to get in the extra work.

“I want to help our team win a state championship in basketball and golf,” Dyar said.

Most of her practice is at Silver Lakes where she loves the Heartbreaker and Mindbreaker courses. At this point in her progression she feels like her putting and short game are her strong points.

Dyar and her teammates have their priorities right as she wanted to make sure that we remember Keaton Beam, a golf team member who died in a car accident.

“She is our yearly inspiration to the golf team and each season we play for her memory,” she said.

There has been a Dyar playing golf at White Plains seemingly forever, and there is still three more years to go. It is going to be fun to watch.

HOLE-IN-ONE: Timmy Woodard aced the fifth hole Nov. 16 using a 6-iron. Witnesses were Chase Thomas and Brian Woodfin.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): 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.

The bunker renovation project at the club was completed with 13 bunkers totally rebuilt and new sand added. They look great.

The $50 off dues membership drive will be coming to an end Dec 31. Two friends can join the club with no initiation fee and $50 off current dues each month.  Call the club office for details at 256-237-4615.

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.

Steve Smith won the Nov. 11 dogfight with minus-3 points. Kelly Rogers was second at minus-5 points. Ted Heim won the Nov. 12 dogfight with plus-4 points.

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 9:30 a.m.

Al Johnson won the first flight of the Nov. 14 scramble with plus-1 point, followed by Bill Fincher (even), Mike Fincher (minus-3), Randy Brown (minus-5), Bob Mosakowski (minus-6), Bill Curry (minus-6), Danny Waddell (minus-6), Chip Howell (minus-6). Ron McKinney took the second flight at even. Pitt Peel, Bill Barker, Bobby Hunter and Ralph Aldis tied for second at minus-2 points. Howell had the low individual round of the day with a 75.  

On Nov. 14 the group came up with one of those complicated formats that makes it difficult to explain for this sportswriter, but I will give it a shot.

It was a 4/5 player modified scramble with each team playing two balls.

The front nine was won by the team of Bobby Hunter, Chip Howell, Dennis Moyer, Bob McCain and Pitt Peel with a 67.

That same group tied for first on the back nine with the team of Alan Heedt, Randy Brown, Bill Turner and Larry Crotzer. Both teams shot a 68.

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.

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 two-person family fun team scramble Nov. 22. There will be flights.

The 10th annual Toys for Kids golf tournament will be held Dec. 2. The format will be a four-person blind  A-B-C-D scramble.

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.

Purchase a 2018 Trail Card for $35 and save from $10 to $45 every time you play a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course.

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.

The world’s largest golf tournament will be held simultaneously on all 10 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. Tee time is 10 a.m.

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 a weekly — usually Monday — game 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.

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.

Rick Barthel, Ted Law, Moe Williams and Gene Cupp won the Nov. 7 blind scramble with 11 under.

David Curvin scored plus-4 points to win the Nov. 11 dogfight. Rick Barthel was second at plus-2 points.

Yearly memberships are now 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.