Local golf teaser

I have mentioned golfing buddy and friend David Phillips and his wife Glenda’s health struggles in the last two years.

It has been an up and down ride, and Feb. 8 Glenda passed away. I do not think that I have ever met a lady that was as spiritually together as Glenda. She was a teacher in the Anniston school system for many, many years and they could not get all the people in the church at Parker Memorial for the funeral. David and Glenda were the first people in Anniston to treat my wife and I special when we moved to Anniston in 2008.

David had been sick himself. I got to play in a scramble with him a few months back, and it was just great seeing him be able to swing a golf club again. We will miss Glenda and we will all be praying for David in the upcoming months. He has an unbelievable family support and hopefully we can get out on the links again soon.

Junior golf academy

I ran across some information on a junior golf academy at beautiful Hilton Head Island, S.C. It has a student-to-teacher ratio of 4-1 and emphasize individual coaching.

Students enjoy access to several courses and are provided with an opportunity to compete in nationally-ranked tournaments throughout the Southeastern United States. JPGA’s mission is to prepare junior golfers to compete at the national level and to receive college scholarships.

The JPGA approach focuses on encouraging students to commit to long-term athletic development while incorporating all aspects of training to becoming the best athlete. JPGA recently opened a second campus based at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

Check out the website at www.jroga.com or call 843-686-3355 if you have a kid that may be interested. They have all kinds of different camp times from full-time, to summer camps and weekly camps.

Also, do not forget, the U.S. Women’s open is coming to Birmingham on May 28 to June 3.

Course news

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.

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.

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 an Alexandria high School golf team fundraiser Feb 24. It will be a four-man scramble with a shotgun start with cash pay back and prizes. The cost is $70 a person.

There will be a two-person senior scramble March 5, with one held the first Monday of each month. It will be a 10:00 shotgun start. Contact Don Yother 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.

On the Feb. 6 dogfight Jay Hood, “The Moz” and Steve Davis tied for first place. Norris Ray and Danny Waddell tied for fourth place.

The team of Randy Brown and Jerry Marks won the front nine in a Feb. 8 scramble with plus-8 points. Ralph Aldis and Dennis Moyer were next with plus-4 points. On the back nine, Brown and Marks took first again at even. Bill Turner and Doug Spoon were second with minus-5 points. They were tied with Larry Crotzer and Bo Savage.  

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.

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 Apr. 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 Country Club Invitational will be held.

On Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., the Pine Hill Golf Association will host a par-3 tournament. It will be flighted by scores. All holes will be converted to par-3.

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.

There will be a two-person scramble Feb. 20 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. 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 6th 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 tournament scheduled at Greystone in Hoover for Feb. 19 with a 10 a.m. shotgun star and a tournament 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.

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.