October is usually a beautiful weather month and a good time for local courses to do a lot of maintenance.
I see where Cory Etter is re-doing some of the cart paths out at Pine Hill. Much needed. He has also put in some new grass in places, in addition to a lot of trees he took out earlier this year. He is really sprucing up the course.
I see a lot of things going on at The Anniston Country Club as well. Nothing like a Sunday lunch overlooking the course.
The Hill is always taking you back in time when you play. The volunteers out there do so much for that course and to mix beauty and history. Same thoughts for Indian Oaks and how it winds through the neighborhood.
Cider Ridge and Silver Lakes are always seemingly a perfect mix of beauty and views that cannot be matched.
Then there is the great Grille out at Cane Creek and getting used to openness of the course since Kenny Szuch took out all the trees.
The JSU women’s golf team placed third out of seventeen teams last week at the Pinehurst Challenge at Pinehurst, N.C. They finished just 17 strokes back in the three-day event of tournament winner North Florida. They have placed in the top four three times this fall and won one tournament.
Valentina Giraldo and Paula Vega tied for 10th place individually to lead the team scoring with three-day totals of 221. Ana Perez Altuna shot 228, Claire Vermette 231 and Chloe Borders 234 for the Gamecocks.
Borders continues to show steady improvement as the former JCA golfer has knocked off two strokes a year off of her scoring average since arriving at JSU. The junior is playing well right now.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
On Oct. 18, the Martha Vandervoort Memorial golf tournament will be at ACC. The fall four-ball tourney will be Oct. 20-21.
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 each Saturday and Sunday. Todd Pilkington took the honors in the Oct. 6 dogfight with plus-4 points. On Oct.7, Charles Carden took first place with plus-3 points.
The “Big T” Thursday scramble starts each Thursday at 5 p.m. Call the clubhouse before 4 p.m. to sign up. Last Thursday the team of Tanner Wells, Roger Smith and Henry Higginbotham won the scramble at 6-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 $34. An 18-hole round with cart is just $28.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with registration times at 8 a.m. with a tee time of 8:30. in the Oct. 2 dogfight Charles Wigley and Amos Kirkpatrick tied for first place on the first six holes with plus-3 points. Chip Howell and Bill Barton won the second six holes and third six holes respectively with identical scores of plus-4 points.
Bill Turner (plus-6 points). Bob McClain (plus-5 points) and Kirkpatrick (plus-4 points) were six-hole segment winners in the Oct. 4 dogfight.
Kiekpatrick won the first six holes of the Oct. 6 dogfight as he piled up a score of plus-10 points. Tull Wigley and Vince Floyd won the next two segments with scores of plus-3 points.
The next senior two-man scramble tournament will be Nov 5. The cost is $31 and covers green fees, cart and lunch. Tee time is 9 a.m. It is being sponsored by the Fort McClellan Credit Union with cash payouts. You must be over 50 years old and check in time is 8:30 a.m.
On Oct. 25, the Anniston Police Department will hold a golf tournament. The cost is $75 a person and includes lunch and dinner.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): There is a special “Bring Your Buddy” package in place that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls and beverages and chicken wings after the round.
Cider Ridge offers special rates for military, police, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. On Monday-Thursday these special rates are $35 a person, and on Friday through Sunday the rates are $39 a person.
Twilight golf begins at 3 p.m. and starts at noon on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday through Thursday, the cost is $37 and Friday through Saturday the cost is $41.
There is a $100 merchandise credit for groups of 10 or more that want to play at Cider Ridge. Call Cain Decker for more information.
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 Oct. 17, there will be a Junior Golf Clinic at 8 a.m. The cost is $20.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): The first Tuesday of each month you can play golf at Silver Lakes for no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart. The schedule shows Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 as the next dates in 2018.
On Oct. 28, the Halloween Black Tee Challenge tournament will be held. It is a two-person scramble with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
On Oct. 16 the monthly senior two-man scramble tournament will begin at 9 a.m. It will be a shotgun start.
The Knights of Columbus Gadsden will have a tournament Oct. 27.
It is ladies day every Thursday and green fees are free with a2018 Trail card.
The BYOB (Bring Your Old Buddy) Scramble Tournament is looming ahead as it will be held Dec. 2.
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 northern part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.
Doug East, Bobby Vinson and Schulyer Woods finished in the top three spots in the first flight of the Silver Lakes event Oct. 8. Mike Brooks, Rickey Young and Mitchell Martin took the three top spots in the second flight.
The next SSGA tournaments will be at Terry Pines on Oct. 15 and at Pine Tree on Oct.22.
Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): The 18-hole rate with cart is effective through Oct. 31, is $15 on Wednesday, $20 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and $25 on Saturday and Sunday.
Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both starting at 8 a.m. Steve Williams won the Oct. 6 dogfight with plus-9 points. Bob Pratt was second with plus-3 points.
Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries. The team of Mike Hammonds, Bruce Crosson, Wendell Reid and Shetter won the Oct. 2 scramble. Rick Barthel, Gene Cupp and Steve Williams teamed up to shoot 12-under par and win the Oct. 9 scramble.
The course will host a two-man scramble senior tournament on the second Thursday of each month. There is a 9 a.m. shotgun start, with registration by 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30 each, and this includes lunch and prize payout. The number of flights will be determined by the number of teams, with a minimum of two. Players must be at least 50 years old. Contact Indian Oaks at 256-820-4030 to sign up. Nov. 8 is the next scheduled scramble.
There is a putting contest every Friday night. Bryan Moore won the Oct. 5 contest with Josh Penland finishing second. Cole McNeal won first prize on Sept. 28 with B.J. Thrasher placing second.
Contact Anniston Star golf writer Brant Locklier at firstname.lastname@example.org.