Local golf teaser

When you talk about high school golf in general in the area and Oxford girls golf specifically, the name David Weeks pops up.

Weeks is the Yellow Jackets’ girls golf coach and is preparing for the spring to kick off after the holidays.

However, he is much more than just a golf coach at Oxford. He is also the athletic trainer at Oxford High School and has been there since the 1980s, helping mend and console the hundreds of athletes who have stepped foot on a playing surface.

Most of the time there is any sporting event at Oxford High School, you will see Weeks patiently wrapping ankles for both teams and doing whatever is needed to help a kid get out there and compete.

He is always on the alert for any type of injury on either team and makes his way quickly to the scene when needed.

“He is sort of the glue that keeps this place together over the years,” Oxford athletics director Larry Davidson said.

When asked how does he keep up with everything, he said, “I just have to look ahead and try to prioritize things.”

It is a labor of love for Weeks, who technically retired a few years ago.

“I just enjoy dealing with the kids,” he said. “Helping them back and being able to play and see the progress they make over the years.”

Weeks loves to play golf, and in the early 1990s, head football coach Robert Herring was the golf coach. However, he started letting Weeks take the boys team to a few matches, and soon, Weeks was the boys coach.

Five years into the job, Weeks moved into administration and soon retired. A part-timer now, he was lured back as the girls golf coach several years ago.

Kayla Huckeba, a senior now, started out as a seventh-grader with Weeks in his second stint.

“I am so proud of Kayla,” Weeks said. “She has been the leading scorer every year she has played. Her scores started out in the 100s and she improved to 81 by last year and qualified for sub-state.”

Anna Bolton and Kaylee Reaves are two other seniors who return, and Weeks is optimistic that the golf team will do well and have a lot of fun.

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 $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.

The action has picked up at “The Hill” over the last couple of weeks. Roy Mullendore won first place in an Nov. 18 dogfight with a score of even. Steve Smith edged Johnny Barnes by two points to win another dogfight on the next day.

Ted Heim and David Wray tied for first on the Nov. 26 dogfight with plus-3 points.

The annual Black Friday scramble featured two flights. The team of Tony Hicks, Austin Minter, Jimbo Phillips and Al Johnson won the pros’ flight with the team of Chip Howell, Ted Heim. Kevin Wells and Mickey Travis coming in second.

The team of Andy Soleman, Jerred Dingler and Taylor Robertson won the Joes’ flight. Second place went to the team of Steve McClellan, Randy Pugh, Kyle Kempton and Todd Pilkington.

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.

The team of Norris Ray, Danny Waddell and Randy Brown won the scramble at Briarmede on Nov. 28. The 18 holes were divided in three segments and the team won holes Nos. 13-18 with 5-under par and tied for first in the Nos. 1-6 holes with 3 under. They finished the round at 9 under.

The team of Chip Howell, Bobby Hunter, Bo Savage and Clark Taylor, and the team of Bill Fincher, Bill Curry, Calvin Phillips and Jim Sirmon tied for first also in the Nos. 1-6 holes and the Nos. 7-12 holes.

The dogfight for Nov. 30 was rained out.

The Creek will be hosting another par-3 tournament Dec. 11. It will be a two-man scramble. Call now to register.

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 a senior two-man scramble Dec. 18.

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.

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.

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.

They are collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in the pro shop. If you want to donate, please stop by.

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