A few tournaments are starting to pop up as the unseasonably warm temperatures have people thinking golf, golf and golf! There was a par-3 tourney at Pine Hill recently that saw Chris Hubbard win it with an even par 54. He edged Greg Miller by two shots as Miller shot a 56.
It was followed up by a par-3 scramble on the same day, and the foursome of Miller, Dennis Austin, Greg Thrower and Rex Riddle took home the first prize.
Things were also hoping over at Cane Creek, where Alexandria High School golf hosted a scramble with the team of Caleb McKinney, Dalton Chandler, Adrian Geeting and Tanner Wells shot 17-under par and won first place in a scorecard playoff. The team of Tony Hicks, Chris Hubbard, Nick Hubbard and Lenn Coffey placed second, and Jeremy Mc Gatha, Rick Dickson, Clay Caulkins and Lee Walden placed third at 16 under.
“We appreciate all that came and made the tournament a success," tournament director Mike McKinney said.
Pastor Jerry Irvin bagged an ace Feb. 16. He was playing with Don Maddox, Jerry Cobb and Carter Gable at Pine Hill on No. 4.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
The 70th annual Wilfred Galbraith Invitational will be June 1-3. The Sunny King Charity Classic will be held on July 6-8. There will be a Demo Day on March 25.
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.
Steve Smith won the Feb. 24 dogfight with a score of minus-1. David Wray was second at minus-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 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 256-239-3342 for more information.
The driving range will open April 5 from 7-9 p.m.
There will be a par-3 tournament held the third Monday of each month. In March it will be at 10 a.m. (shotgun start) on March 19. On May 5-6, the Cane Creek Invitational will be held. You can call Mike McKinney 256-452-2207 for more details.
On Feb. 20, 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, Bill Curry, Jerry Marks and Ralph Aldi; holes 7-12, Danny Stephens, Bill Turner and T.J. Mc Gatha; holes 13-18, T.J. McGatha, Stephens and Curry. Second Flight, holes 1-6, Woody Jeter, Bobby Hunter and Clark Taylor; holes 7-12, Randy Brown, Ron McKinney and Taylor; holes 13-18, Hunter, Jeter and Taylor.
The Feb. 22 dogfight had the following results in order of finish: First Flight, holes 1-6, Danny Waddell, Mike Fincher, Norris Ray and Greg Johnson; holes 7-12, Bill Fincher, Alan Heedt, Waddell and David Martin; holes 13-18, Mike Fincher, The Moz, Johnson and Curry. Second Flight, holes 1-6, Woody Jeter, Bill Barker and Hunter Turner; holes 7-12, Hunter, Barker, McKinney, Turner and Stephens; holes 13-18, Stephens, Dennis Moyer, Barker and Brown.
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 8-12. 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.
A Senior tournament will be held March 20. On March 31 at 1 p.m., the Phi Mu golf tournament will be held.
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.
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.
Larry Hensley won the Feb. 24 dogfight with a score of +6 points. Kelly and Starling Ridgeway finished second at plus-4 points.
Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at firstname.lastname@example.org.